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TOWN OF NIAGARA – Embattled Town of Niagara Supervisor Steven Richards has resigned his office, we were told Friday night by Town Councilmember Rob Clark.

Richards was arraigned last October on a 28-count indictment, including three felonies, after being the target of a joint criminal probe between the FBI and State Attorney General's office that lasted almost two years.

Richards had been town supervisor for more than 18 years.

Clark read Richards' resignation letter to us Friday night: "Dear members of the town board, effective at the close of business on Friday, May 2, 2014, I hereby resign my position as Town Supervisor for the Town of Niagara for the purpose of retirement. Respectfully, Steven C. Richards."

Clark said of the resignation, "From a personal and professional standpoint, I'm relieved that if somebody feels they want to come to one of our meetings and talk to one of their elected representatives, they don't have to worry about something happening to them, getting screamed at, or having something happen to them or their business the following day as payback. I'm relieved that for once, the town will have a clear choice on a lot of different things."

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