Dr. Barry A. Weinstein, one of the best-known members of the Williamsville School Board, Thursday said he will resign in mid-term if elected to the Amherst Town Board this fall.
Weinstein, a Republican, said he has notified the School Board that he will step down next Jan. 1 if he wins one of the three Town Board seats on the fall ballot.
Weinstein, a physician and attorney, was elected to a three-year term on the School Board last year. He is a past president of the board and a member since 1982.
Weinstein said the time demands of both positions would be too much for one person.
The Amherst Republican Town Committee plans to endorse its candidates for the Town Board, highway superintendent and town justice Thursday night.
Weinstein is one of five candidates seeking the three Town Board slots on the GOP ticket. Sources said a sixth, Council Member Michael G. McGuire, a Democrat, has withdrawn because a GOP endorsement would disqualify him for his party's nod.
While Weinstein's move from one elected board to another hinges on his success in the town election, the Amherst Town Board race has already claimed one member of another public body. Ronald W. Daniels, another GOP hopeful, recently stepped down as mayor of Williamsville to run for the Town Board.
Weinstein, 51, a Culpepper Road resident, said he would bring to the Town Board "extensive experience in decision making, dealing with controversial issues, budgeting, and medical knowledge of deer, mosquitoes, pesticides, electromagnetic forces, smoke and sludge."
In a letter to Republican leaders, Weinstein also wrote, "The issue in Amherst is quality of life. We have a clean, safe town and my goal as a councilman is to keep it that way.
"I like what this town is and, judging by its success, a lot of other people do, too."Weinstein is on the staff at Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital.