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White Plains Mayor Adam Bradley announces his resignation from office Friday at City Hall in White Plains, N.Y.
updated 2/18/2011 8:31:08 PM ET 2011-02-19T01:31:08

The mayor of one of New York City's largest suburbs resigned Friday, two months after his conviction on domestic violence charges brought by his wife.

White Plains Mayor Adam Bradley, who is appealing, said he had to spend more time on the case than he expected, and more than a mayor can afford.

"I can no longer allow the circumstances of my personal life to be a distraction" from the city's needs, the 49-year-old Democrat said at a City Hall news conference.

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Bradley did not mention his wife, Fumiko Bradley. A call to her lawyer, Neal Comer, was not immediately returned.

The mayor was to be succeeded at 11:59 p.m. by Tom Roach, president of the city's Common Council, chief of staff John Callahan said.

Bradley said a special election would be held later this year.

Bradley, who has been pressured to resign by many residents and politicians, said he was not acknowledging guilt.

Rather, he said, he needed time to focus on "exonerating my name and reputation."

"It is my hope that at the end of this judicial process, the truth will come out," the mayor said.

Bradley, a former state assemblyman who took office in January 2010, was convicted in December of attempted assault, harassment and criminal contempt. He is scheduled to be sentenced March 17.

His wife had alleged that the mayor slammed her fingers in a door and threw hot tea at her. The criminal contempt charge was for violating an order of protection. The mayor said his wife made up the allegations.

The Bradleys, who are divorcing, have two young daughters.

On the day he was convicted, Bradley ignored his lawyer's suggestion not to speak when reporters asked if he would resign.

"Of course I'm not going to step down," he said.

When he won the mayoral election, Bradley was considered a politician on the rise. But he was in just his second month as mayor when he was arrested.

White Plains, a city of about 60,000, is the Westchester County seat and a major office and retail center 22 miles north of Manhattan.

Bradley took credit Friday for what he said was the reversal of the city's job and business losses.

"I am proud of my record as mayor and I will always stand by it," he said.

Some residents were surprised by the resignation.

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Elsa Kaye, 24, a marketer who was walking home from the commuter train station, said she felt sorry for the mayor.

"He might not be guilty," she said. "What if he wins his appeal? Then he left office for no reason. It's like he was hounded out."

But Bright Jenks, 66, who was window shopping on Main Street when she heard of Bradley's resignation, said he had no choice.

"Guilty or not, you can't be mayor and fight your wife in court at the same time," she said. "We all knew that and I guess now he knows that too."

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