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Hillsdale Council President Mike Giancarlo resigns

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YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: Hillsdale Council President Michael Giancarlo has resigned — the fifth borough official to step down in a year’s time — as of Dec. 31.

In a brief email to elected and appointed officials, the Republican power broker thanked everyone for the experience but didn’t offer a reason for resigning:

“While I love Hillsdale and can never see myself unengaged from the town, my other responsibilities were beginning to be affected by these numerous and overlapping responsibilities of being a hands-on councilperson,” Giancarlo said in a prepared statement.

Hillsdale’s resignation dominoes began toppling last December, when Councilwoman Donna Schiavone stepped down for personal reasons in late December.

Jonathan DeJoseph followed when he became borough administrator in March.

Former councilman Rod Capawana resigned in May after a remark he made about borough firefighters drinking caused an uproar.

Then came Leslie Becker — who was appointed to fill DeJoseph’s seat. Becker, whose husband is a firefighter, said she couldn’t separate hersel from the “logical and financial” decisions the borough must make about emergency services.

How those services are provided, and at what cost, have been at the center of ongoing battles over the municipal budget.

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