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Smithtown school board VP resigns

Smithtown school board vice president Scott Martella has resigned, citing possible conflicts of interest arising from his new role as Suffolk County liaison for Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo.

“To be able to serve the district that gave me a top-flight education and future has been tremendously rewarding,” Martellla said Thursday night.

His resignation was effective Nov. 8, the day he announced his decision to step down in a speech to the school board, administration and community.

Martella has served as a school board member for more than two years but he said his new post as liaison for Cuomo has compromised his ability to serve fully a handful of times when he had to recuse himself on school board matters because of a possible conflict of interest.

“I’m the eyes and the ears and the voice of the governor in this region,” he said, adding that his community ties and school board service were traits that Cuomo found made him an attractive candidate for the position.

School board president Gladys Waldron said Martella, 25, will be missed.

“Scott was our youngest member of the board in 34 years I’ve been on the school board,” she said. “He was intelligent, savvy, always prepared. I can’t say enough about the guy. He was an ideal board member, not afraid to speak his mind. He was an asset to our board of education.”

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