Anthony M. Annunziata, the Canadian representative to the Peace Bridge Authority who played a key role in the 2013 dispute that bitterly divided the binational panel, has resigned.
Annunziata’s letter of resignation to Transport Canada was read Friday at a meeting in Fort Erie, Ont., according to Ron Rienas, the authority’s general manager.
Annunziata cited “health and business reasons,” Rienas said.
Annunziata led Canadian opposition to efforts by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s representatives to fire Rienas over the pace of development on the span’s Buffalo plaza. The dispute was finally settled at the ambassador level after several weeks of wrangling.
Annunziata surprised Peace Bridge Authority observers in February when he continued serving even after the defeat of the Stephen Harper government by new Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. He announced he had been reappointed for a year, preserving at least temporarily the fractious relationship between the authority’s two delegations.
Rocco Vacca of Ontario was elected to replace Annunziata as vice chairman on Friday, Rienas said. The authority chairmanship rotates on a yearly basis, with Sam Hoyt of Buffalo now serving in the top spot.