CATSKILL — Village President Vincent Seeley has submitted his resignation to the village board after a four-month absence.
Seeley was elected to his fifth term on the village board in March 2019. Seeley indicated he planned to return to the board in an interview with The Daily Mail in November, stating that he had been traveling out of state for a new business venture.
Seeley could not be reached for comment Wednesday.
Village trustees Joseph Kozloski, Natasha Law and Greg Smith declined to comment until after the board meeting Wednesday night. Trustee Peter Grasse did not respond to a request for comment.
Trustees are paid $8,000 per year, according to the 2020-21 village budget.
Former Catskill Town Supervisor Doreen Davis, who worked with Seeley on several projects throughout the years, wished him well.
“We had a collaborative and productive relationship as I did with the rest of the village board during my tenure,” Davis said. “We were on the phone frequently, problem solved together, worked through challenges and opportunities related to sewer, water, fire protection and all the things that are a part of local municipalities. I think what I appreciated most was his temperament. Politics at the local level is very often not fun and it seems hard to get beyond it to just do good work for the public, no matter the political party. Vinny was a good partner and has served Catskill well for a good long time. I wish him the best.”
Seeley also served one term on the county Legislature from 2013-16.
Because of the timing of the resignation, the position will not be held until 2022, Greene County Election Commissioner Brent Bogardus said.
“To go on the ballot this year, the village trustee vacancy had to occur on or before Dec. 31, 2020,” Bogardus said. “So it does not go on the village election ballot for this March. It would be an appointment of the village board until next March.”
The village charter indicates that a special election must be held, but Bogardus said state law takes precedence.
“In a case of a vacancy in the board of trustees occurring in any manner, it shall be filled at a special election called by the remaining trustees, upon like notice and conducted in the same manner as an annual meeting,” according to the charter.