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Elmira City Manager to resign in June

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CNY/NNY/S. Tier: Elmira City Manager to resign in June
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The search is underway for a new city manager in Elmira. John Burin announced Tuesday that he will be stepping down later this year. YNNs Crystal Cranmore has more on the decision, and the legacy he leaves behind.

ELMIRA, N.Y. -- “This is the toughest job I've ever loved. It totally consumed me,” said Elmira City Mayor John Burin.

Fighting back emotions, Elmira City Manager John Burin reveals he is stepping down from his position after seven years in office.

As for why he made the decision now, he said, “The answer is very simple. It’s because it's the right time.”

Burin says he has seen a lot of great things come to pass, during his time, but it came with some hardships, along the way including being diagnosed with cancer in 2007.

“I got through that and thought the rest of it was going to be easy,” said Burin.

He says one of his goals when he first started as city manager was to create a government of the future. Now the time has come to pass the torch onto a younger generation.

Burin said, “I believe this is an area where I have been successful, in creating a management team filled with young professionals.”

Burin hopes his tenure will be remembered in a positive way, and he'll be going out on a high note. One of the major efforts he helped shape was the West Water Street project, which is now headed for renovations after 20 years of sitting vacant.

“A lot of people who have been here forever have seen our neighborhoods deteriorate. We have made some inroads,” said Burin.

He's also made a memorable impression on his peers in city government.


“He’s quite a character. But he's precise,” Mayor Sue Skidmore said. “He talks about his gut reaction, he really has that and that’s something that we'll miss.

Burin's last day in office is June 27th.

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