Cayuga County Legislator Mark Farrell has resigned from his seat representing District 4, the town of Brutus. Chairman of the Legislature Keith Batman said Farrell handed in his letter of resignation Thursday morning to end his service Friday, Sept. 23.
Batman said Farrell cited medical difficulties in the letter. Batman said he does not believe the difficulties are life-threatening, though he is unsure of the particulars.
In a release Thursday afternoon, Batman included a section of Farrell's letter.
"I am extremely humbled by the faith the voters placed with me in the last two elections," it read. "I do however realize the time commitment involved in doing the job to the fullest, and believe the tax payers deserve that time. I am experiencing medical difficulties which will hinder me in fulfilling my job requirements. I believe strongly in public service, and giving back, but I believe stronger that we all need to place our personal health and wellbeing first. This resignation does not come easily, and it is with great thought."
Farrell could not be immediately reached for comment Thursday.
A Weedsport resident, Farrell has held his seat as a county legislator since 2011. Recently re-elected to his spot, he has served as the chair of the Ways and Means Committee this year.
"He's an important part of the legislative team here and will absolutely be missed," Batman said. "But health is health, and that's what it comes down to. One needs to make certain that one takes care of oneself."
Batman said in the release that he will accept Farrell's resignation and "honor his request for privacy."
It was not clear Thursday morning how the District 4 seat will be refilled, but Batman said that will have to be decided soon.
Besides his work on the county Legislature, Farrell is the owner and operator of White Chapel Funeral Home with its two locations in Auburn and in Weedsport. Prior to the Legislature, Farrell was an assistant fire chief for the Auburn Fire Department and served for 21 years as a career firefighter.