ITHACA, N.Y. —Tompkins County District 11 Legislator Peter Stein is stepping down from his position later this month, local Democrats announced Tuesday afternoon.

Stein, who has served the district for nearly a decade, will formally leave the legislature Sept. 22. His seat will remain empty until election day in November.

He said in a written statement:

“My wife and I had planned a move from District 11 to District 10, which is why I chose not to run for office in November,” Stein explained. “However, circumstances have led to our move’s happening earlier than expected. Because I will no longer reside in District 11, I can no longer represent the people of that district, whom it has been an honor and a privilege to serve for nearly a decade. I wish only the best to our county’s hardworking staff and to my successor as County Legislator for District 11, Shawna Black.”

Stein served is the vice-chair of the Public Safety Committee and also serves on committees for Facilities and Infrastructure, Health & Human Services, and Transportation.

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