Former State Supreme Court Justice Mario J. Rossetti is ending his public service career right where the former stack boy for the Buffalo and Erie County Public Library started it decades ago.
County Executive Joel A. Giambra has appointed Rossetti to a five-year term as a library trustee, an unpaid position.
"I am pleased to be able to bring to the library board a distinguished judge who has devoted his entire career to public service," Giambra said last week as he named Rossetti, 71, to the last of 10 seats on the library board filled by the county executive. Buffalo Mayor Byron W. Brown appoints five board members.
Rossetti had to leave the bench a year ago when he reached the state court system's mandatory retirement age of 70 for trial court judges. He said he was "honored to continue to serve the public" at an institution he has loved since his days at Grover Cleveland High School.
While attending Grover Cleveland, he began working at the then-Buffalo Public Library as a stack boy, returning books to the shelves. He was there when the Buffalo system merged with the Erie County Public Library.
Before leaving the library staff in 1959 as its chief shipping clerk, Rossetti became the first nonlibrarian elected by the staff to head the Library Association, a non-union staff group dealing with work issues.
Rossetti graduated from the University of Buffalo Law School, and by the time he retired at the end of last year, he had earned a reputation as a widely respected judge and one of the area's toughest criminal court jurists.
Then-Gov. Mario M. Cuomo initially appointed him to the bench in 1987 as a Court of Claims judge, and Gov. George E. Pataki reappointed him twice.
Rossetti currently is "of counsel" to the Williamsville law firm of Stamm, Reynolds and Stamm.