Another Cassadaga Trustee Tenders Resignation

Mark Wilson has resigned from the Cassadaga Village Board of Trustees. Photo by Braden Carmen

CASSADAGA — For the second time in less than five months, a seat is open on the Cassadaga Village Board of Trustees.

Mark Wilson submitted his letter of resignation from the Cassadaga Village Board of Trustees, which was accepted with regrets at a recent meeting.

In his letter of resignation, Wilson stated, “As an elected official, I take my role seriously. Serving in my community is important to me, and something I do not take lightly. Thank you for allowing me the last two years to work toward making Cassadaga the best it can be. I’m proud to have served and wish this community the very best.”

Wilson and his wife, Tonia, were frequently targeted by members of the community claiming conflicts of interest related to the roles they served. Tonia Wilson resigned from the Planning Board and the Ethics Committee in January.

After Tonia Wilson responded to criticism from the public regarding Mark Wilson’s reports on their business, Wilson Endurance Sports, at Village Board meetings, Bob Reuther spoke as a member of the public during open comments.

“I’ve worked with Mark and Tonia in relation to their business. I can’t say enough about how good they are for our community and what they have done for us,” Reuther said.

Former Village Trustee Rachyl Krupa resigned from her post on the Village Board in November. She was replaced by Cathy Cruver in December. Cruver was one of two applicants considered for the position, along with Sean Seibert. At this time, it is unclear if Seibert or any other applicant is interested in filling the role of Village Trustee in Wilson’s place.

Cassadaga Mayor Bill Dorman and Deputy Mayor Bill Astry both said after the meeting that they believe neither recent resignation was not due to one specific issue. The Village Board has faced criticism in recent months regarding the regulation of short-term rental properties in the village, among other issues.

The new Village Trustee position will last through the rest of the year, and it will appear on the ballot in November. Cruver’s position will also appear on the ballot in November, but at this time, she anticipates running for another term. Both positions on the ballot will be for a full term.


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