The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


June 20, 2014

Tony Rosini nominated for Northumberland County Judge

SUNBURY — Northumberland County District Attorney Tony Rosini was nominated by Gov. Tom Corbett late Thursday afternoon to fill the county judicial position left vacant when President Judge Robert Sacavage retired Jan. 7.

State Sen. John R. Gordner (R-27) confirmed this morning that Rosini was one of 13 individuals nominated by the governor at 5 p.m. Thursday to fill various judicial vacancies across the state.

“He is extremely qualified, very capable and well respected,” said Gordner.

Rosini was first elected in 1995 as district attorney, and he worked as first assistant district attorney for 12 years before that.

The nomination will be sent to the state Senate where it must be approved by a two-thirds majority, which is likely to occur around July 1.

Rosini agreed to only serve the remainder of Sacavage’s term until January 2016, an important requirement for the nomination, Gordner said.

“That will provide an open race next year to fill the seat for a full 10-year term. It’s important for whoever the governor nominated that they just serve to the end. The people of Northumberland County will be the decision-makers,” he said.

Furthermore, the governor and Rosini have a long working relationship and have a “tremendous amount of mutual respect” between them, despite Corbett being a Republican and Rosini being a Democrat,” Gordner said.

Gordner complimented Corbett’s bipartisanship since the governor was under no obligation to replace Sacavage with another Democratic.

Having three judges will lessen the case load that Sacavage’s absence left, Gorder said.

“I applaud the current judges for doing a very good job. It’s important to have a third judge to handle the civil and criminal case load,” he said.

Rosini and the other nominated individuals must now submit an ethics statement and a financial statement to the Senate, and Rosini is expected to do so electronically today, Gordner said.

When the paperwork is submitted, the Senate must wait 10 calender days to vote on 13 nominations as a whole, which could occur as early as July 1.

While most senate confirmations require a majority vote, Gordner said judicial confirmation requires a two-third vote, which means it needs both Republican and Democrat support.

The package of nominations has candidates from both major parties, and Gordner is confident it will garner the appropriate votes.

If Rosini is confirmed in July, first assistant district attorney Ann Targonski would assume the role as acting district attorney.

To be approved as district attorney, Targonski must have the majority support of the Northumberland County judges, which consist of Charles Saylor, President Judge William Harvey Wiest and possibly Rosini.

Rosini was unable to be reached for comment this morning.

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