At tonight's board meeting, Ossining Mayor Eugene Napolitano announced that he will be stepping down as Ossining's Mayor, a year and a half after taking the post.
Napolitano was elected Mayor in 2004 after years of serving on the board as a trustee. His term was supposed to end at the end of this year.
The Mayor cited "Personal reasons" for his decision to a shocked audience. Later, he said, "It was a whole bunch of things. At some point I had to get back to my life and my family."
The Mayor said he came to the decision about a week ago.
Earlier this year, the Mayor was criticized for selling his home to a company that will be turning the house into a group home for mentally challenged adults.
The Mayor has since moved to a temporary residence at Eagle Bay in Ossining. He said tonight that he will spend more time at a home he owns in South Carolina.
A few observations:
- "It was a whole bunch of things." How articulate.
- The "more time for the family" card is best pulled when one is resigning from at least a full time position. The Mayor of Ossining is a $12,000 per year part time position. How hard could it have been to stick it out until December? He had already been a trustee for 10 years, so it's not like this was a new development in his lifestyle.
- Part time status aside, a guy who is elected mayor has promises to keep, as well as policies and decisions to answer for. You can't offer a "no mas" without a plausible reason. We really have no idea what other shoe is about to drop, or if the mayor is pre-emptively exiting to avoid a brewing scandal. There were only 6 months left in the term. 'Fess up.
- How nice to hear that Napolitano has a 2nd home in South Carolina. Don't all Con-Ed workers?