GLENS FALLS — After serving on the planning board since former Mayor Vincent DeSantis’ administration in the 1990s, Speaker Dan Bruno tendered his resignation to Mayor Bill Collins on Monday.
He made the announcement at Tuesday’s planning committee meeting. He said he made the decision late last year but did not want to leave Collins dry early in his term as mayor.
“I’ve been on the Planning Board for a long time and I’ve been its chairman for quite some time,” he said.
Collins said the planning board might be the toughest board to sit on because members must have knowledge of zoning and city code.
He said he wished he could have convinced Bruno to stay longer.
“Dan Bruno is a man with a history of service to the town of Glens Falls and its community,” Collins said. He will be greatly missed.”
Bruno’s resignation will take effect at the end of this month. He said he had conversations with board member Ethan Hall about leaving and what it might mean for the presidency.
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Bruno said he wasn’t 100% sure of the next step in filling his position.
According to the city’s charter, the Planning Council is supposed to elect a chair each year from among its own members.
The city code, however, states that the mayor has the power to appoint a president. If the incumbent mayor fails to do so, the council can elect a president.
Bruno said Hall was meeting with Collins on Friday to discuss the chair position on the board. Bruno said other board members would be suitable for the job, but Hall fits the bill.
“Longevity is not the only criterion. You have to have skills,” Bruno said.
He said his resignation from the Planning Council had no bearing on his other leadership positions.
He is currently the Supervisor of the 4th Ward of Glens Falls on the Warren County Board of Supervisors. He serves on the board of directors of the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Warren County, is a board member of the Warren-Washington Industrial Development Agency, and sits on several county committees.
“I have a number of other commitments, which is fine. They don’t affect that,” he said of his decision to quit.
Bruno said he enjoyed his time serving the city as a member and chairman of the Planning Council.
He said that while there may have been less pleasant moments during his tenure, they were “few and far between”. He said the town has a great planning council and he will miss being part of it.
“It was not an easy decision for me personally. But like I said, there comes a time when you feel it’s time to move on,” Bruno said.
Jay Mullen is a journalist for The Post Star covering the city of Glens Falls, Warren County and crime and the courts. You can reach him at 518-742-3224 or email@example.com.