CLAYTON — Anthony P. Randazzo concluded 5½ years of public service when he tendered his resignation from his role as deputy mayor two weeks ago.
The Village Board of Trustees announced Monday that Mr. Randazzo presented his resignation letter after the board’s June 10 meeting, ending his service before his term expires. Mr. Randazzo said Thursday the hard work required to manage his family’s business, Coyote Moon Vineyards, left him little time and energy to be as active in village matters as he wished, adding that he felt guilty accepting a paycheck for the position while “not being an active participant.”
“I don’t feel I’m doing the residents of Clayton justice,” Mr. Randazzo said.
The vintner joined the board in 2013 as a trustee. He has been involved in several major projects since then, such as building the third section the Riverwalk, a more $7 million water infrastructure improvement project and the historic district road reconstruction project, during which companies will replace their overhead wires downtown with underground ones.
Serving residents, particularly those who believe in him, to the best of his ability humbled Mr. Randazzo and gave him a sense of pride, he said. The wine maker also said he enjoyed the challenges from residents on certain matters because it forced him to consider other perspectives.
“What it really comes down to is it was just such an honorable, crazy, fun experience to be in local government,” he said.
The board accepted Mr. Randazzo’s resignation and on Monday appointed Trustee John D. Buker to serve as deputy mayor. Mayor Norma J. Zimmer she hopes to have someone appointed to fill Mr. Randazzo’s vacant seat in the near future to help spread out the workload during a busy time of year.
“It’s sad to see Tony go,” Mrs. Zimmer said. “He’s been a great supporter and good for the community.”