Esposito's Resignation Leaves Open Seat
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It's a departure described as bittersweet.
"Well, you work very hard to earn the opportunity and privilege to represent people in a town like Irondequoit, where I live, and also you work very hard to serve them,” said Vinnie Esposito.
Tuesday night was Esposito's last County Legislature meeting before he takes on his new post, working closely with the Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council. It’s a job with Governor Cuomo's administration.
"I sort of expressed an interest to the Governor’s Office, who I've had a long standing good relationship with, and it worked out that this is something that will be a good fit for both of us and for hopefully our region."
"I think it's always great when someone from our community takes on a position like that, especially with economic development. I wish him the best. He was a great legislator and he'll be missed," said Jeffrey Adair, (R), County Legislature President.
Esposito has represented the county's 16th district in Irondequoit since 2007. Now, another candidate must be appointed to fill the vacancy and run for the seat in the November election.
While the county's Republican Party plans to announce a candidate Thursday, the county's Democratic Party plans to recommend Irondequoit Town Board member and former county legislator Stephanie Aldersley.
"Her dedication to the community is legendary and she'd be an excellent choice. I would hope that she would be willing to take this on again,” said Ted O’Brien, (D), County Legislator.
Aldersley is qualified to run again because of the more than two year break she's had from the seat. She says although she is considering running for the job, she has a lot of thinking to do before making a final decision.
Meanwhile, Esposito will expand his public service role once his resignation becomes effective July 20th.
"I'd love to thank the people of Irondequoit for the opportunity to serve them and I hope they are proud of the way I've done that and I look forward to expanding that service to the people in the whole region and hopefully transforming our economy,” Esposito said.