SCHENECTADY — City Councilwoman Leesa Perazzo will step down from the City Council pending the sale of her home.
Perazzo plans to move to Saratoga Springs with her fiancé.
“It’s a very, very big decision for me, and one that did not come easily,” Perazzo said on Friday. “My fiancé is deeply rooted in Saratoga, and we had to deeply discuss what that meant moving forward.”
The third-term councilwoman was first elected to the City Council in 2011 and was the top vote-getter after winning re-election last November.
Perazzo will vacate the position once the sale of her single-family home in the city’s Bellevue neighborhood is finalized.
“Once my house sale is final, I have to step down,” Perazzo said. “I have no choice. I’d like a smooth transition, of course.”
The COVID pandemic accelerated the timeline for her decision.
“With COVID and the drastic change of lifestyle, I didn’t realize how tired I was,” Perazzo said. “I’ve taken my job in public service very seriously for the past decade.”
Democrats hold all seven seats on the City Council, and they’ll ultimately be tasked with approving her replacement.
Perazzo said she wants to see the city Democratic Committee and her colleagues support a person of color.
“I’ve been in the room for too long when candidates of color were pushed off to the side and not given the opportunity to run for a council seat,” Perazzo said.
Perazzo, a Niskayuna High School graduate and longtime Schenectadian, said she will continue to work in the city and be engaged in local issues.
“I will still be here and pay attention,” Perazzo said.