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LONGO TO RESIGN AS TOWN CLERK EFFECTIVE NOV. 10

Amherst Town Clerk Daniel A. Longo, criticized for recently spending business hours at another job, said Tuesday he will resign his town job Nov. 10.

Longo promised to work full days at Amherst Town Hall until his last day on the town payroll.

"This is the only place I'll be," an apologetic Longo told Town Board members.

On Monday, Longo acknowledged that he spent 15 hours at a new private sector job during town business hours last week.

Longo said he should have taken vacation or personal leave time while he was away from the town office.

"But I thought my responsibilities were fulfilled as long as the clerk's office work was covered and the office was run responsibly," he said. "I now realize I made a mistake. This is a personal embarrassment and, I realize, distressing to the board."

Democratic Town Supervisor Susan J. Grelick recruited Longo for the town job. In January, the Town Board appointed him to a one-year term to replace Ms. Grelick, who quit the post to become supervisor.

At the time, Longo promised not to run for the job in November. That forced him to look for a full-time job.

Instead, he is running for a seat on the Town Board, a part-time responsibility. Longo said he remains a candidate.

Longo accepted a job at Marriott Accounting and Control Center, and he had planned to begin there after the election. Its merger with another company required him to attend meetings last week, he said.

Longo said he works between 45 and 60 hours a week tending to his town duties and attending town meetings.

"I gave my job as town clerk full time and more, but I sincerely regret the appearance of impropriety," he said.

Ms. Grelick said the Town Board next month would appoint the winner of the Nov. 4 town clerk race to replace Longo. In that race, Democrat Damon H. Serota faces Republican Susan K. Jaros for the $55,000-a-year job.

Town Board members were told Monday about Longo's recent work habits, and they gave him until the next day to choose which job he planned to keep.

Council members said they are satisfied with Longo's decision.

"I think that's fine, as long as he's here all day during the next three weeks," said Council Member William L. Kindel, who had criticized Longo for being away from Town Hall.

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