The Niskayuna town board members were shocked Tuesday night after board member Rosemarie Perez Jaquith announced she would be resigning her seat effective July 1.
She is leaving because her husband, former U.S. Attorney, Grant C. Jaquith was appointed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veteran Claims in September 2020, she said.
Her husband was working mainly remotely during the pandemic. However, she said that is likely to change this fall and her husband will be working in the court facilities in Washington D.C.
“We are acutely aware of the precious nature of time these days,” Perez Jaquith said. “The many long hours spent working from home at the same time have made living apart unthinkable.”
Perez Jaquith said the move will also put her closer to her grandchildren, who live in the area.
Under town law, the remaining town board members will name her replacement. The replacement would then remain on the board until the end of this year.
The person elected in this November election would fill the remaining two years of her term or until December 31, 2023, under Public Officers Law.
Perez Jaquith, a first-generation Cuban American, urged other diverse voices to seek office.
All of the board members thanked Perez Jaquith for her service. Supervisor Yasmine Syed said her successor has big shoes to fill.