HASTINGS-ON-HUDSON, N.Y. Joseph DiSavlo said he is well versed in the role as village justice, having been the acting justice who fills in for the elected justice from 1988-2004, the elected justice since 2004 and also a managing partner at Nobile, Magarian, DiSalvo, LLP.
I understand the issues that come before the court from the experience Ive had on the bench and from experience in my law practice, he said. I believe I am very fair in how I handle matters and that we are up to date in handling our calendar.
The 60-year-old DiSalvo, running unopposed as a Democrat, is married with four kids and has lived in the village since 1979. Having been the elected justice since 2004 and running for his third consecutive four-year term, DiSalvo offered his thoughts on what makes a competent judge.
I think a judge has to be firm, but fair and has to have compassion, but has to do whats appropriate for the community at large and for the defendant as well, he said.
Being tough yet fair is something that DiSalvo said he strives for in his role as the village justice.
If theres a criminal offense and theres been a finding either by a plea or a verdict, then the community has been harmed and the person needs to be punished, he said. Youre fair, but you deal the punishment thats required.
When asked what makes him the right candidate to continue as the village justice for a another term DiSalvo said its his decision making.
Ive been doing it long enough where Im able to make the hard decisions because sometimes they have to be made, he said.
Elections are on Tuesday in Hastings with DiSalvo running unopposed and Marge Apel and Nicola Armacost running unopposed for the two seats on the board of trustees. All three were nominated by the Hastings Democrats in January.
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