Whitesboro Village Mayor Brenda Gilberti resigns

By WKTV News

WHITESBORO, N.Y. (WKTV) - The Village of Whitesboro's Mayor has resigned, citing differing views with the village board on the village's financial future as the reason.

In a press release distributed on Wednesday, Whitesboro Mayor Brenda Gilberti writes:

"It is with a saddened heart today that I submitted my resignation as Village of Whitesboro Mayor. It has been an honor to serve our residents as Mayor for the past 2 years, and Trustee for 6 years prior. Together, we fought the dissolution of the Village, paid back the almost half a million dollar revenue anticipation note, and weathered devastating floods, bringing a U.S. Senator to our streets."

Gilberti goes on to cite the reasons for her resignation:

"However, in a small village, a Mayor needs a board behind them, one that is supportive - one that looks out for the taxpayers' pockets. Unfortunately, this is not the case in Whitesboro. As the Village's budget manager, I am not in agreement with recent financial decisions, ones I believe are irresponsible, and will drastically impact taxpayers. I do not have the unilateral influence to change these policies and see this resignation as the only way to blow the whistle on decisions that will set Whitesboro back, hurt our residents."

The Village Board of Trustees voted on Wednesday to make Village Trustee Robert Friedlander the new mayor of the village, following Gilberti's resignation.

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