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Walking through the County Office Building, there's still signs of Anthony Daniele's year and a half term as majority leader.
But the office now belongs to Steve Tucciarello, who has been Assistant Majority Leader since 2010.
"Anthony resigned on his own. He has a very demanding business, he has many family businesses, this job is very time-consuming and he served us very, very well," Tucciarello said.
Tucciarello says he and Daniele are friends and this change was solely his decision.
Just last week, Daniele openly supported a potential inquiry into Monroe Community Hospital after the hospital's director, Todd Spring, was fired following allegations that he mistreated a patient.
For him to just suggest that he wanted to work with Democrats to resolve the issues at Community Hospital, and that that would lead to his ouster is, I think, just very troubling for our community," said Joe Morelle, Monroe County Democratic Committee chairman.
County Executive Maggie Brooks refuted all claims that the leadership change was retaliation.
"That is a great fairy tale. I don't know where they come up with that stuff but that's not how we do business; maybe they do that on their side of the aisle. We don't do that on the Republican side of the aisle and I think it's really shameful they would even suggest that," said Brooks.
But the Democrats aren't buying it. In a statement they say:"We are deeply troubled by the appearance that former majority leader Daniele was punished by his party for speaking out against allegations of abuse and wanting to ensure legislative oversight of MCH."Anthony Daniele has declined to comment on his resignation.