By Stephen Williams
SARATOGA COUNTY — Anita Daly, the Saratoga County supervisor representing Clifton Park, announced Wednesday that she’s resigning from her office next week, after more than two decades in political life.
“I have been pleased to serve the people of Clifton Park and Saratoga County over the last 22 years,” said Daly in a letter she read at a county Board of Supervisors meeting in Ballston Spa.
Daly, 57, was chairwoman of the board in 2001, and in recent years has been one of the key players in the county’s efforts to establish a new economic development organization. She is one of the board’s longest-tenured members, though not the longest-serving.
Her resignation will take effect on Tuesday, following the April meeting of the county board.
Daly is currently chairwoman of the county Capital Resource Corp., which helps finance private nonprofit organizations, and sits on the board of the Saratoga County Prosperity Partnership, the county’s new economic development organization. She is also on the board of the county Water Authority. It isn’t yet clear whether she is also giving up those seats, but she cited her roles in setting up all those organizations as among her accomplishments.
“I can submit this resignation with a sense of fulfillment and a sense of optimism,” she said, fighting back tears several times as she read her letter to board Chairman Arthur “Mo” Wright, R-Hadley.
“My time has come to set a new course, with new challenges and new rewards.”
Daly, who is retired from teaching special education, indicated she will be taking a new employment position, but she declined to say where. She said it would involve making use of her educational background.
She is one of two supervisors representing Clifton Park, along with Town Supervisor Phil Barrett. But unlike Barrett, she does not have a role in town government, and only represents the town — Saratoga County’s largest — at the county level. Clifton Park and Saratoga Springs are the only communities with supervisors who are only county legislators. The position is part-time, with an annual salary of about $18,500.
Barrett said the Town Board will appoint someone to fill the remainder of Daly’s term, which runs through the end of 2017. “I haven’t thought about it,” he said of possible replacements, and declined further comment on Daly’s resignation.
Board Vice Chairman Ed Kinowski, R-Stillwater, asked other supervisors to hold off on offering any public tributes to Daly until Tuesday’s meeting in Ballston Spa.
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