New Hartford Selectman Rosengren resigns

New Hartford town sign, from The New Hartford Facebook Page.
New Hartford town sign, from The New Hartford Facebook Page.

NEW HARTFORD — Selectman David Rosengren (D) submitted his resignation to the town on Friday, Jan. 1.
Rosengren has served in multiple roles in municipal government over the years, including serving on the town’s Water Pollution Control Authority, and as a chairman of the town’s Democratic Town Committee [DTC].
In an email sent to the media and residents, Rosengren wrote that he is planning to move with his wife Sally to Essex.
“Rather than play it by ear, and to afford some certainty and stability in the succession process, I, in coordination with the DTC, decided that it made the most sense to resign now, effective January 1, to provide my successor the time to prepare to be fully engaged for the upcoming budget process which is right around the corner,” Rosengren wrote in his email. “I am pleased to report that the DTC has chosen Laura Garay as my successor. Laura has long been involved in New Hartford Democratic politics, most notably as a former Selectperson and candidate for First Selectwoman in 2017. She has remained actively involved in town politics since then with a special emphasis on issues affecting our elderly population.”
As Rosengren notes in his email, it would be up to the two remaining selectmen, First Selectman Daniel Jerram (R) and Alesia Kennerson (R) to choose Rosengren’s successor.
“It will be hard for Sally and me to say goodbye to New Hartford,” Rosengren wrote in his email. “Over the 17 years we have lived here, we have set down firm roots and made countless friends. I am grateful to all of you for your friendship and support since I first came to Town. I am not gone yet, however, and I do intend to stay actively involved in the DTC and Town affairs generally for the rest of my stay. Change comes slowly, but I believe New Hartford’s best years are yet to come.”
Rosengren was elected to his current term on Dec. 3, and his term was supposed to end on Nov. 30.
The next Board of Selectmen’s regular meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 26 at 7 p.m.

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