Eunice Esposito has resigned from her position as Town Clerk for Rotterdam, effective July 31, after residents had publicly questioned her absence from Town Hall.
Rotterdam Supervisor Frank Del Gallo received a resignation letter on Sunday, July 17, from the woman that was a staple at Town Hall since the 1970’s. The controversy started to bubble over when Esposito left on Medical leave in April 2010 while still collecting her salary with no clear answers given by officials on when or if she would return. Del Gallo sent the resignation letter to The Spotlight on Wednesday, July 20.
At the Town Board Meeting on July 13, Deputy Supervisor Robert Godlewski said he received “numerous” phone calls inquiring about the status the town clerk and asked Del Gallo if there were any updates on the situation and if she would be returning. Del Gallo said he had talked to her son, Mickey, who then talked to Esposito. While he recently wasn’t talking to Esposito personally, Mickey would then talk to Del Gallo on her behalf.
Del Gallo said Mickey told him Esposito had decided to resign, so Del Gallo requested she send him a formal resignation letter. Her term was for four years and would have ended at the close 2013.
“I feel bad that she had to resign, it is just the way politics are,” said Del Gallo. “As far as I am cornered she is the nicest lady I have ever meet.”
Del Gallo said he doesn’t have any intention to appoint someone to the position, because he hopes someone will run for the position in the current election.
“I think we should wait … whoever wants to do that job is going to run for it now,” said Del Gallo. “At this late in the game, I don’t think we should replace that job right now.”
In Esposito’s letter, she blames politics for her resignation, which she claims to have also caused her health problems that took her out of Town Hall.
Esposito wrote in the letter: “Due to these unproven accusations, I do not feel as though I can continue to perform my duties as effectively as I have in the forty plus years that I have served the people and the Town of Rotterdam. The culmination of everthing that has happened in the recent past has literally affected my health to the point that my Doctor's collectively have determined and highly recommend that I tender my resignation before I do further irreparable physical damage to myself.”
Earlier in the letter she said she was going to retire after her previous term ended, but due to residents pleading for her to run again she decided to give it a go one more time.
She wrote: “Politics never entered into any decision I had to make, to me it was very simple. What is the right or wrong thing to do for everyone involved in the issues? Unfortunately I have since learned that those were not what really mattered in our decision making process, all that really mattered was what was right regarding the politics and promises that were already made, and I learned that virtually everyone involved always had a personal agenda.”
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