Niagara County Legislator Jason J. Cafarella, D-Niagara Falls, who represented the downtown-dominated 3rd District, which included much of the city's historically Italian Pine Avenue corridor, resigned from the Legislature effective March 31.
Cafarella, who is also a practicing attorney and firefighter, cited difficulty "juggling politics and family life" in a resignation letter addressed to Legislature Chairman William L. Ross, C-Wheatfield. Cafarella also pointed to plans to relocate out of his district at the end of his current term as in part driving his departure.
"It has been an honor to serve Niagara County as a legislator," Cafarella's letter said. "I want to thank the residents of the Third District for allowing me the privilege to do so for the last three-plus years. I regret the fact that I will not be able to complete the term that I was elected to serve, but I promise the residents of Niagara County that I will continue to remain active in our community."
Cafarella, who has served since 2008, concluded his letter with a note of optimism about the county's future, and his own: "Niagara County is truly a great place to live, and I look forward to serving the community in other capacities."
The Legislature will release plans for a process to fill the 3rd District seat in the near future.
The Niagara County Legislature's 3rd District includes Niagara Street, Ferry Avenue and Walnut Avenue between Portage and Packard roads; the area from Pine Avenue south to the little river between Hyde Park Boulevard and the I-190.