Kulzer Resigns From Lewis LegislaturePosted: Updated:
Lewis County legislator Greg Kulzer has resigned from the legislature. He hopes it doesn't last long.
Kulzer submitted his resignation at the legislature's most recent meeting. It's effective December 27.
Kulzer told 7 News Monday he is resigning only to satisfy the requirements of the New York State Retirement System.
Kulzer said he needs to be completely out of the state retirement system for at least one day.
Kulzer had a long-running dispute with his employer, the New York State Department of Agriculture And Markets, where he was employed as a dairy specialist. For years, Ag And Markets said Kulzer could not be both an employee of the department and an elected legislator, because it created the appearance of a conflict of interest. Kulzer fought it.
According to a September article in The Watertown Times, the state Court of Appeals ruled in Ag And Markets' favor.
Kulzer told 7 News he retired from Ag And Markets effective December 27. But as a county legislator, he's also part of the state retirement system, and if he doesn't resign, at least briefly, "somehow it could affect my retirement benefit, I guess."
So he's resigned, and hopes to be re-appointed by the legislature shortly.
He represents the legislature's 7th district, which takes in Martinsburg, Turin and part of Lowville.