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He doesn't have an office or even a desk and he won't be sworn in for a couple months, but Gary Pasqua is making the rounds. He's also talking about what's needed to turn around a troubled district attorney's office.
“Prosecute cases, seek justice for victims, make sure defendants are getting fair trials. And if you do that, then the office will run smoothly.” said Pasqua.
Republican Mary Rain was elected four years ago and the controversies started. A judge filed a complaint against her. She investigated county officials. The list is long.
That's not Pasqua's idea of how things should go.
“It starts with not having negative headlines in the press. Having headlines that are, you know, mistrials, indictments thrown out, or cases not prosecuted in a timely manner,” he said.
We all hear about the big cases the district attorney prosecutes in county court. But the DA's office also prosecutes hundreds of cases in town courts.
Pasqua says doing a better job in those town courts will be a top priority.
“The most important thing is making sure those town courts have coverage, making sure ADAs are in those courts when the judges need them,” he said.
County legislators are more than ready for a fresh start. Like Rain, Pasqua is a Republican. They hope the similarity ends there.
“Professionalism, integrity, and credibility. And those are three things, that in my opinion, have been lacking,” said Larry Denesha, St. Lawrence County legislator.
It is believed Pasqua, at age 36, will be the state's youngest DA. He had been chief assistant district attorney in Franklin County.
He moved to Canton so he could run for the job and now he has it.