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Seal resigns from New Eagle council

| Friday, Nov. 9, 2001

New Eagle councilman Walter Seal gave three months notice of his intent to resign his position, without addressing accusations that he no longer lives in the borough.

In a letter he read to council, Seal said he would resign effective Jan. 31, 2002.

"I have given this much thought," sad Seal. "I am doing this of my own free will."

Seal said after the meeting that he would resign after taking the oath of office for the four year term that voters elected him to in Tuesday's General Election. That will allow his replacement to serve a full term, rather than the final months of his existing term.

"I plan to stay active in the political arena," said Seal.

Seal said he was resigning for "personal reasons."

Seal's resignation came after a lengthy executive session held for "potential litigation," according to borough solicitor Mark Mascara.

Council's held an executive session at its October meeting to admittedly speak about Seal's residency. At that session, Seal's peers accused him of having moved out of New Eagle.

The issue was never directly discussed by any borough official Thursday, however.

Seal abstained from all votes last night and pledged to do the same in December and January.

Council president Lacey Sweeney was out of town on business, but participated in last night's meeting by telephone.

Sweeney made the motion to accept Seal's resignation.

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