I have been wondering about an incident that occurred concerning my resignation that has recently become troubling.
I would like to clarify that my resignation was accepted by Mayor Hanauer on September 20th via email. I was asked to put my resignation in writing and I did so; dated September 20th.
I then received a phone call asking if I would change the date to the 22nd. The explanation was vague and unclear. Having trusted people I worked alongside over 3 years, I did change my resignation date and failed to look into why. I take the blame for not doing my due diligence and secondly for not being a cut throat politician.
I have since learned that if I resigned on the 19th, my seat would have been up for election THIS November. Although by resigning on the 20th the cut off date was missed. I question why I was asked to change the date? Was it because no one really could really clarify the cut off date and wanted a cushion?
Why was the manager's office involved in politics in the first place? Who asked innocent people to deliver the message by phone?
Why did none of my colleagues step up to the plate and talk about the ethics of asking a Trustee to change their original date?
When I was first elected into office I expressed that both my Dad, a Republican, and my Godmother, a Democrat, would want just three things from me should I run for office: to preserve my ethical standards, my principals, and most important serve the people.
I am more than disappointed at the conduct displayed regarding this issue. I am sad to say I did not live up to my principals. I wonder who else did not. At least now I can sleep at night!
Former Village of Ossining Trustee
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