YORKTOWN, N.Y. -- After 19 years in town politics, Councilman Nick Bianco is resigning from the Yorktown Town Board, citing health issues.
Bianco's resignation, effective Oct. 1, will leave just three people on the Yorktown Town Board. A special election between Susan Siegel and Tom Diana for the other vacant seat will be held in November.
"It is a bittersweet decision to move on from such a beautiful and caring atmosphere," Bianco said. "However a new opportunity is now available for me now. It is called retirement."
Bianco said he developed an undisclosed health issue and recently sold his house. He said he wants to travel and be with his wife, two children and eight grandchildren.
"I am proud of my record," Bianco said. "Right or wrong I have always stood up for what I believe in and stood up for all my constituents. In the past and in the future, you may hear outrageous stories and comments about me. Please consider the source and the motives. Make your decision based on a track record of integrity, transparency and honesty."
Aside from his retirement from the town board, Bianco is also retiring from the Legal Aid Society. He is a retired Yonkers police officer and also served on the Conservation Board.
"I'm the type of person that likes to serve," Bianco said. "I've been serving people all my life. I'm not going to miss the constant complaints and disruptions in my life."
Bianco said he is proud of his record of protecting the environment, purchasing open space, and allowing outdoor dining in the town.
"I believe in open space and having less traffic and less density," Bianco said. "Some members of the town board believe otherwise. Let the people decide."
Bianco, a longtime member of the Conservative Party, said his loss to Michael Grace for supervisor played no role in his decision to resign.
"I wasn't forced out," Bianco said. "It wasn't because I was afraid of this and that. I have a lot of issues going on in my life. I'm going to enjoy retirement."
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