By Bill Wolcott

WILSON — Councilman Ed Hastings has resigned as a member of the Wilson Town Board, Supervisor Joe Jastrzemski confirmed Saturday.

Hastings, who pled guilty Monday to a misdemeanor charge of election fraud, had served two and a half years of a four-year term. As deputy supervisor, he stepped in replace supervisor Jerry Dean in 2005.

“I’m sorry to see Ed quit,” Jastrzemski said. “A year ago, when Jerry Dean was sick, he stepped up to the plate and did the best he could to hold things together. Ed is going to be missed. Unfortunately, he’s so busy in his personal life that he feels he doesn’t have time to commit anymore. He would like to pass it on to somebody younger who could offer a little bit more to the board.”

The resignation was effective June 2. Jastrzemski notified the board of election that there will be two seats open in November and that town would need a special election.

James V. Muscoreil, a Democrat, is now filling the term of councilman Don Luft who died last year. Jastrzemski will leave Hastings seat open in order to save some money in regards to salary also.

The two new members elected this November will face another election in November 2007 for a full four-year term.

Hastings, who was running for supervisor in 2005, left the petitions on the counter of Ed’s Country Store in Wilson for patrons to sign. He did not witness all of the signatures. Hastings said he pleaded guilty before the case was sent to a grand jury in order to save taxpayers money.

He is scheduled to be sentenced July 31 in Lockport City Court. Hastings could not be reached to comment.

Contact Bill Wolcott at (716) 439-9222, Ext.6246.

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