MALONE — Malone Town Justice Frank Cositore has stepped down with five months left of his four-year term.
His last day is Friday, June 13.
“I did resign, and I did it for family purposes,” he said. "I owe my family that obligation.”
Cositore came here in 2008 as president and chief executive officer of UICC Holding Inc., which purchased the Hotel Flanagan property at the corner of Main and Elm streets with the hopes of turning it into a world-class destination.
But financial backing did not come through as hoped, and the place has been vacant since.
Town Supervisor Howard Maneely said Cositore’s resignation “was a surprise to me. He didn’t say a word before we got the letter.”
The three-sentence resignation letter presented to the Town Council states: “family obligations at this time require I step down.
"It has been my honor to serve our community.”
'COURT IN GOOD HANDS'
Cositore, who is an attorney, was appointed in 2010 to the justice seat after the town and village courts merged in 2008.
He joined Town Justice Michael Lamitie on the bench.
“The court is in good hands, and there is a plan in place for the future if the town follows it,” Cositore said.
“Judge Lamitie and I have worked together to ensure the smooth operation of the court in the past.
“And now Judge Lamitie will be working with a new judge, but the practices are in place that will help the court operate effectively and efficiently.”
REQUEST FOR APPOINTMENT
Maneely said a request will be made to State Supreme Court Fourth Judicial District Administrative Judge Vito Caruso for a town justice to be appointed to help Lamitie until the fall election is held.
Bangor Town Justice Frederick Boardway had been hearing cases in Malone under a special order from Caruso, but that appointment ended in May.