MOUNT PLEASANT, N.Y. -- Mount Pleasant Supervisor Joan A. Maybury announced her resignation Tuesday, citing a desire to "retire from public life" after 23 years.
"The past year has presented significant personal changes and challenges in my personal life – the illness and death of my twin sister, serious health and surgery issues with my husband, and the arrival of my first grandchild – have all required my attention and time," Maybury wrote in a statement. "My goal is to devote my energies and attention full time to family, particularly to my husband, daughters and first grandchild and to pursue other personal endeavors."
Maybury, who has lived in Hawthorne for about 30 years, was a school teacher for more than two decades at Holy Rosary School in Hawthorne and Columbus Elementary in Thornwood.
She served as a councilwoman from 1992 to 2010, before being appointed as supervisor succeeding Robert Meehan who left for the position of county attorney.
Her first two-year term was won in 2011, the first time a supervisor election was contested in Mount Pleasant for many years. Maybury, who has been married for almost 40 years and has three daughters, was elected again in 2013.
"It has been very rewarding to get to know the people in the community and to get to solve some of their day-to-day problems and work to better the community," Maybury told Daily Voice.
Maybury has also dealt with the town's recent major issues: Superstorm Sandy, the Recession, former Police Chief Brian Fanelli charged with child pornography.
"Certainly there have been challenges: major storms, economic decline and some unfortunate instances that we have managed," said Maybury.
"I'm glad that the town is recovering from all those things. I think especially the economic climate was in much decline, with our fund balance and need to lay people off, general decrease in revenue. Thank goodness things are bouncing back, but is was a tough three years dealing with those issues."
Maybury said she is proud the town was able to accomplish the refurbishment of the Hawthorne Train Station and beautification measures throughout Mount Pleasant, including clocks. She also pointed to Wednesday's grand opening of the EF International School, redesign of Pace University and the Regeneron complex.
"It's been an exciting time for the town, as well," said Maybury.
Maybury denies that her resignation is related to a lawsuit mentioned at a previous Mount Pleasant Town Board meeting. Though Maybury wasn't able to elaborate on the lawsuit, she did say the allegation was "frivolous," made by a "disgruntled past employee," and that the town expects the suit to be dismissed "any day now."
Details on the case were not available at the time of publication.
Maybury insists that she has been contemplating her resignation with family and colleagues for some time, and that her decision has not be affected by the lawsuit in anyway. She believes the lawsuit is an attempt to discredit her performance as supervisor. In her statement, Maybury said she is thankful for the kindness and support she’s been shown in Mount Pleasant.
Her resignation will be effective on Friday, Oct. 10, when Deputy Supervisor/Councilman Carl Fulgenzi will assume her duties. The Town Board could appoint a new supervisor until November 2015 when the seat is up for election.
"It's been a wonderful career and opportunity, and I have very much valued very my time serving as a teacher and as a government official," said Maybury. "I wouldn't change a thing."