CONCORD—In recognition of his contributions to the Town of Concord over the years, Concord Supervisor Gary Eppolito was named the Erie County Legislature’s Citizen of the Month for December.
Erie County Legislature Chairman John Mills presented Eppolito with a proclamation at the Dec. 7 legislative session recognizing him being honored as the December Citizen of the Month.
“[Eppolito] and I have worked very well together for many years and it is an honor to recognize him for his numerous contributions. While he will certainly be missed around Concord Town Hall, I trust he will continue to be heavily involved in improving the community,” said Mills in a press release. “Best wishes to [Eppolito] in the next chapters of his life and many thanks to him for his many years of service.”
Eppolito, who has been in public office for 24 years, began with the Springville Zoning Board of Appeals before being elected a Village of Springville Trustee in 1994 and later elected Village of Springville Mayor in 1997. Eppolito served as Springville’s Mayor until 2005, when he was elected as the Town of Concord Supervisor.
“I was very honored to be named Citizen of the Month … I didn’t expect it at all,” Eppolito said.
After serving in politics, Eppolito will be retiring at the end of December, before newly elected supervisor Clyde Drake will take office. Eppolito said while he is going to miss the job and the people, it was time to retire and have some fresh ideas and thinking within the town.
“It’s time for new ideas and new ways,” Eppolito said. “I’ve never been a believer that anyone is irreplaceable and I think that sometimes new blood with new ideas is a good thing and I’m confident that the board that is taking office on January 1 will do a great job.”
As his time in office winds down, Eppolito reflected on the many great people he has met over the years and will miss the many friendships made along his 24 years of office the most of all.
“I think the toughest part is the number of friendships I have made over the years, the people I have gotten to know and get close to and that is a large part I am going to miss,” Eppolito said. “It is a lot harder to retire than I thought it would be. As days come more and more closer, it becomes more difficult.”
During his time at supervisor, Eppolito said the things he is most proud of was seeing the completion of the Town of Concord Senior Center after working on the project for a number of years and updating the town’s master plan.
“I like to think that I made a difference in a lot of things in the town and had an influence,” Eppolito said.
After a long career, Eppolito will miss the job, but he is excited to be able to spend more time with his family and have time to more projects for himself.
“I’m going to miss a lot of it, but it was time,” Eppolito said. “I don’t get to see my grandchildren nearly enough and will get to see them more often and I’ll have more time to get some projects done around the house I haven’t been able to take on because I’m busy with government.”