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Long-time North Syracuse clerk plans retirement

Nancy Fortin plans to clock out for the last time

How will North Syracuse Village Hall be after Aug. 13?

"It won't be the same," said Village Mayor Diane Browning about Nancy Fortin's resignation. "I don't want her to leave, plain and simple."

Fortin, 67, began working for the village in August of 1982 as a part-time clerk for the Department of Public Works. She then took on various village duties such as doing payroll until she became deputy clerk in 1995 and village clerk in 2004.

Browning is the sixth mayor she has had the "pleasure" of working with, she said.

She said her retirement would bring her two weeks shy of exactly 28 years.

After these many years, Fortin presented her resignation to the mayor almost two weeks ago with hopes of spending more time with her four children and nine grandchildren.

Fortin has four daughters, Marie Willis, Main Street School secretary; Teresa DeMatties, Walberta Primary second-grade teacher; Cathy Siechen, Roxboro Road Elementary kindergarten teacher, and Amy Fortin who is a professional hair stylist.

How does she feel about leaving?

"I feel happy and sad," Fortin said. "I know at this stage in my life it's the best thing for me while I still enjoy good health."

Fortin said she plans to do some volunteer work at local schools since three of her children are involved in education.

With more free time, she can attend her grandchildren's school and community events.

"The Village has been like an extended family to me," Fortin said. "My fellow employees have seen me through some very difficult times in my career and I am grateful for their support."

Village trustees Gary Butterfield and Chuck Henry have similar sentiments.

"She does so much here," Henry said. "I laughed when I read her letter of resignation. I just didn't want to accept it."

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