John Silva steps down from Rotterdam board

"I have truly loved my tenure as a member of the Town of Rotterdam and will miss the opportunity to serve my adopted town," said Silva.

He noted that he didn't think it was fair to the residents of his community to not have four active board members present at meetings.

"Resigning effective March 1, 2009, should afford the supervisor and remaining Town Board members ample time to select a suitable interim replacement," said Silva.

He closed his letter by saying that it had been a pleasure working with all of the members of the Town Board, the supervisor and officials of Schenectady County and the "other dedicated members of Rotterdam's elected and appointed municipal staff."

The Town Board will appoint someone for the remaining term, and then in November, an official replacement will be elected and the appointed member will have the option of running.

Tommasone said that he believes whoever receives the least number of votes will fill Silva's seat since they will be serving the shortest term.

"Every two years the supervisor and two town board seats are up for election. This year there will be a supervisor's seat and three board seats up for election because of Silva's departure," said Tommasone.""

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