Felix M. Rosa Jr. has withdrawn his name from consideration for Chair of the NYS Board of Parole citing "personal reasons", following an allegation that arose while he was being vetted for the post. It is alleged that he sexually harassed Parole Interpreter Pamela Menera fourteen years ago.
Mr. Rosa issued the following statement:
"I have withdrawn my name as a candidate for appointment to the Board of Parole and the related consideration for appointment as Chairman of the Board of Parole due to personal reasons.
I am honored that the Governor considered me for this position and will continue my commitment to further the mission of this agency and Governor Paterson's initiatives in criminal justice."
(Governor David A. Paterson announced the nomination of Felix M. Rosa Jr. to serve as a Member and Chair of the State Board of Parole on January 16th 2009. George Alexander, the previous Chair of Parole, resigned on December 18th 2008 following allegations that he stole a laptop computer.)