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Judge Faso to Run for Reelection

May 05, 2015

Judge Faso has been described as the "judge with the most integrity in New York,” a large claim, but who's to say?
Ammon Hennacy: "Oh judge! Your damn laws! The good people don't need them, and the bad people don't obey them."
Plato: Laws are made to instruct the good, and in the hope that there may be no need of them; also to control the bad, whose hardness of heart will not be hindered from crime.”
H.L. Mencken: “The kind of man who wants the government to adopt and enforce his ideas is always the kind of man whose ideas are idiotic.”

Town of Niagara Justice James J. Faso, Sr. is running for a seventh term, in the November, 2015 election.

The incumbent since 1990, Judge Faso said he has been "proud to see the court through many positive changes," including computerization of all cases, laser fiching all paper records, and earning grant money for court improvements.

The court has been noted for its efficiency while maintaining costs.

Judge Faso attended Niagara County Community College, graduated from Erie County Community College, and is a graduate of Leadership Niagara.

In the New York state judicial system, a town justice court, like the Town of Niagara Court, handles traffic tickets, criminal matters, small claims, and local code violations such as zoning.

Constitutionally, justice courts are part of the state legal system, but state law generally makes them independent of the state's Office of Court Administration (OCA) and instead makes them the responsibility of their sponsoring localities.

Justices in town and village courts do not have to be lawyers and the vast majority are not, but rather a fellow resident responsible for and alert to the needs and desires of the people of his community.

While Judge Faso is not a lawyer, he attends continuing education required for Town Justices, which aid justices in keeping abreast of changing laws and procedures in the Court system.

Judge Faso is a member of the Niagara County Police and Judges, Niagara County Magistrates Association, New York State Magistrates Association and serves on the Board of Directors at Riverdale Cemetery. He was honorably discharged from the United States Marine Corps in 1963, and went to work at Occidental Chemical Corp., retiring as a Supervisor in 2000.

Judge Faso is a 40 year resident of the Town, has four children and six grandchildren. He will be seeking endorsement from all party lines.





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