Election season in the Finger Lakes just gained an interesting race.
Effective Friday, Canandaigua Town Supervisor Greg Westbrook will resign his post. The 60-year-old said cited his growing business as the primary reason for that exit.
Westbrook told the Canandaigua Messenger on Thursday that his family, and his children’s families are growing – and requiring more of his attention, which combined with his business – won’t allow him to continue on as supervisor.
“Canandaigua is a great town, and the reason it’s great is because of the people,” Westbrook said.
Since the position will be vacant before September 20th, Town Manager Doug Finch says the two parties will have the opportunity to nominate candidates for the general election on November 6th.
Westbrook’s term does not expire until 2021.
Finch said Westbrook brought a business perspective to town government. He was elected to the Town Board in 2012 and was appointed supervisor in 2017 to succeed Pam Helming, after she was elected state senator.
“It’s been a pleasure working for him,” Finch told the Messenger.
The day-to-day operations of the town are managed by Finch and should not be affected by Westbrook’s resignation. The Town Supervisor position pays $20,000 per year.
The circumstances are further complicated by Deputy Supervisor Tina Bloom, who ran unsuccessfully for a seat on the Town Board. While the board can temporarily appoint someone to fill as Town Supervisor, no word has been made on whether Bloom will be a candidate for Westbrook’s vacated post.
This story will be updated as more information becomes available.