Charges Against County Court Judge Dismissed

Adapted from Multiple News Sources, March 8, 2017

Delaware County Family Court Judge Gary Rosa dismissed a family offense petition filed last fall against his colleague, Sullivan County Court Judge Frank LaBuda, by LaBuda’s brother, Peter. The petition alleged a series of offenses against the judge, including harassment, assault, menacing and reckless endangerment. Rosa found that Peter Labuda, 71, did not cause the 2016, accident by leaning over and trying to shut off the ATV that Judge LaBuda was operating on Peter Labuda’s property, as Frank had claimed. Rosa also determined that Frank LaBuda, 67, was not drunk nor was he trying to run over his brother, who had placed himself in the path of Frank’s ATV and refused to move.”This incident is the unfortunate result of arrogance and childishness,” Rosa ruled from Delhi on March 8 in Labuda v. LaBuda, O-00903-16. Rosa wrote. “Failure to act one’s age, however, is not a family offense. Michael Coccoma New York State’s chief administrative judge for courts outside of New York City, assigned Rosa to adjudicate Peter Labuda’s Family Court petition in a special proceeding

Benjamin Ostrer, of Chester, New York, represented Frank LaBuda. Ostrer said Thursday that the Rosa ruling brings the case a step closer to being closed. “We are pleased with the result and hopeful that this will provide some guidance to the attorney general as he brings his investigation to a conclusion” . Peter Labuda was represented by Barbara Strauss of Strauss & Kallus in Goshen, New York, LaBuda, was first elected as Sullivan County Court judge in 1996 and has been re-elected in 2006 and 2016. He has also been designated as an acting Supreme Court justice.