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Thomas J. Pisa's short but eventful stay as the city's brownfields manager is over.

Pisa, a former English teacher and longtime teachers' union leader, resigned his city job last week to rejoin the National Education Association as a field representative.

It was the same job that Pisa left in February to take over management of the city's efforts to return former industrial lands to productive use.

Just a few weeks into his $40,000-a-year job, however, Pisa was suspended when it was learned he owed the city $16,597 in delinquent property taxes.

Pisa promptly paid the back taxes and returned to work, but felt it necessary last week to defend his credentials for the job in a letter to The Buffalo News.

Pisa, a Republican appointed after the GOP supported Masiello's election, said Saturday that his resignation had nothing to do with the tax controversy.

"This is a job that I had just prior to taking over the brownfields position," Pisa said of the union post. "But at that time, it was a temporary job and the city job was permanent. Two days after I took the city job, the (NEA job) became permanent."

Pisa said he applied for his old position and resigned his City Hall job as soon as he learned he got his union job back.

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