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Gardner to leave Board of Regents

Buffalo attorney Arnold B. Gardner, who has served as a member of the State Board of Regents for 10 years, will not seek another five-year term, Regents Chancellor Robert M. Bennett said Friday.

Gardner, 79, who is a senior member of Kavinoky and Cook and served as Mayor Byron W. Brown's transition team chairman, has been active in public education for nearly four decades. Before being elected to the regents in 1999 by the State Legislature, he served for 19 years on the State University of New York board of trustees.

Gardner could not be reached Friday to comment.

"He's extraordinary," Bennett said of Gardner. "He's become a good friend. I'm going to miss him a lot."

Bennett did not give details about the reasons for Gardner's decision, but hinted about health concerns.

"I think it's in his best interest that he not have to be under the stress of traveling back and forth," Bennett said.

Members of the Assembly and State Senate will meet March 10 to vote in new Regents.

Four board seats are open.

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