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By ANDY GARDNER

BOMBAY - Bombay Town Justice Frank Lacerenza has notified the Bombay Town Board that he plans to resign from his post at the end of the year.

In the two-sentence letter, Mr. Lacerenza, 70, simply states his intention to retire effective Dec. 31, a year before his current term expireson Dec. 31, 2013. He said in a Friday phone interview that he made the decision to call it quits after 15 years for personal reasons.

“I’m just tired, it was a decision I had to make,” he said, adding that the court is “fully-packed and over-burdened. “think it’s time to enjoy my retirement.

“Bombay has the second-busiest court in Franklin County, and it is not uncommon for the justices to be called out during the middle of the night or holidays - they are essentially ‘on call’ at all times,” Bombay Town Supervisor Mary Taylor said in a Friday email.

She noted the board is awaiting wordon how to begin procedures to find a replacement.

“[We’re] waiting to hear back from the attorney on the proper protocol, as we were advised by (Franklin County)Board of Elections,” the email reads.

“They’re (Bombay town board) looking for people who are interested right now,”Mr. Lacerenza said.

Mr. Lacerenza, a Brooklyn native, said he was first appointed as Bombay town justice in early 1997 to fill out a vacant term. He had retired that same year after working 34 years as a physical education teacher at the Salmon River Central School District. He also served 47 years as a member of the Hogansburg/Akwesasne Volunteer Fire Department and received exempt member status this month, he said.

“Frank has been an extremely dedicated servant to the town of Bombay. He has performed his duties with fairness and compassion,”Ms. Taylor said. “The town of Bombay is losing a real asset. I wish him well.”

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