CLIFTON PARK — Republican James Romano announced at a Town Board meeting this week that he will be resigning from the board effective Oct. 1, after serving 11 years on the board.
“I am grateful for the opportunities I’ve had over years to serve the taxpayers of Clifton Park in my own small way,” Romano said in announcing his resignation. “I look forward to the new adventures in service that await me.”
Romano was first elected to the board in 2009, and his current term would run through end end of 2021.
Romano, 69, said he simply felt it was time to retire. “I’ve worked for a number of years, I’m retired from my job, and I’ve got four grandchildren who are old enough to be doing activities I’d like to be involved in, and my wife and I want to travel,” he said in an interview on Friday.
A native of Albany, Romano and his wife, Donna, have lived in Clifton Park since 1979. They have two adult children.
From 1994 to 2000, Romano was a member of the town Planning Board. In 2000, he was named as one of the founding members of the new Open Space, Trails and Riverfront Advisory Committee, serving there for 10 years. He was chair or co-chair of the committee during much of that time.
Romano said his involvement in the environmental review process that has been used to keep much of the western part of town rural is one of his proudest accomplishments. “The thing I’m grateful for is I met a lot of good people, a lot of good volunteers, especially with the town,” he said. “When you get good people you can sit down and compromise, and come up with a solution.”
Romano is a former executive in the energy delivery business, having worked for Niagara Mohawk/National Grid for 32 years, and later for the Independent System Operator for five years.
“Councilman Jim Romano’s contributions to our community are numerous over decades of public service,” said Town Supervisor Phil Barrett. “He has assisted the town’s efforts in many facets of town operations.”
The timing of the resignation means that the Town Board will appoint a replacement to serve through the end of 2021, with the position to be filled by election in November 2021. All board members are Republicans.
Barrett said he expects the Town Board to fill the vacancy with input from the town Republican Committee, particularly since whoever is picked will be expected to run for a four-year term that November. “Right now, I don’t have anyone in mind that I could point to,” he said. “Jim will be missed.”
Town Board members currently earn $16,503 annually.