Lewis County legislator to resign: hopes to be reappointed to his original post


Lewis County legislator to resign: hopes to be reappointed to his original post

LOWVILLE — District 7 Legislator Gregory M. Kulzer will leave his post briefly — for just a few days — beginning on Dec.27.At the Dec. 4 meeting, Legislature Clerk Teresa Clark announced his resignation and noted Mr. Kulzer’s request for a special meeting Dec. 28 for the board to reinstate him.But a special meeting can’t be held that day, due to the anticipated lack of a quorum.Mr. Kulzer said the board will instead reppoint him during its first regular meeting of 2019, on Jan. 8.The unusual request is the result of Mr. Kulzer’s November retirement from his job of 34 years as a dairy products specialist inspecting milk plants for the state Department of Agriculture and Markets.Mr. Kulzer gave up that position to retain his elected post after he lost his case, seeking to keep both, in the state Court of Appeals in September.State and county employees share a retirement system which requires that an employee be completely out of the system for at least one day before receiving a retirement benefit.Mr. Kulzer said he received a letter explaining this, but his subsequent calls to Albany only made the situation more confusing.“I don’t know what it does to be out of the system for a day,” Mr. Kulzer said, “I called and spoke to a number of people, but they all gave me different information. One woman told me that as long as I was earning less than $30,000 as a legislator, then I shouldn’t have to get out of the system. Finally, I spoke to someone who explained exactly what I needed to do.”County Attorney Joan E. McNichol confirmed that the need for the resignation for a day is due to state retirement laws, but the process for reinstatement is governed by local law.According to Local Law No. 5-1980, the legislative board must appoint someone to fill a position vacated by a legislator before that person’s term is up.Mrs. McNichol explained that not enough board members will be available for a quorum Dec. 28, causing the delay into January.Although the board is aware that Mr. Kulzer’s intent is to return to his seat as soon as possible, legislators are not obligated to reappoint him even though he was the electorate’s choice.
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Lewis County legislator to resign: hopes to be reappointed to his original post

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