Updated: Tuesday, 08 Jan 2013, 8:44 AM EST
Published : Monday, 07 Jan 2013, 8:52 PM EST
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) -- New Haven Alderman Gabe Santiago has resigned from his post. It's been months since the alderman representing the 14th ward in Fairhaven has attended a meeting.
The board just got its hands on Santiago's letter of resignation. Santiago says personal responsibility and family issues are responsible for his decision.
News 8 went to Santiago's home to get answers but no one from the Santiago family answered the door.
Neighbors have been wondering where their Alderman has been.
"You haven't seen him lately," asked News 8's Erin Logan.
"Oh, no no," said one neighbor.
"I don't see him no more at the house," said another neighbor.
The Hernandez family says the summer was the last they've seen of 22 year-old Gabe Santiago.
That's the same answer News 8 got from his colleagues on the Board.
Ward 10 Alderman Justin Elicker is in his second term. He's been to all his committee meetings. He says if you're not passionate about the position, the right thing to do is exit.
"I think Gabe probably got in over his head, thought the position was different than what it actually is," said Alderman Elicker. "The position of Alderman is not particularly glamorous, it requires a lot of work. We get a small stipend of two thousand dollars a year. It's a lot of nightly meetings."
Ward 7 Alderman Doug Hausladen was elected one year ago at the same time as Santiago. He says he loves representing the city.
"You've got to be at the meetings. Number one our job is the legislative body to the city and we have to take votes and make votes," Alderman Hausladen said.
But, former city leaders tell News 8, they're not sure Santiago even wanted the position in the first place but he's in and the people who voted for him want results.
"To have more police around and surveillance and for safety of the neighborhood," said Yaritza Hernandez.
"We have issues with crime, issues with education, we have issues with young people finding something to do, traffic," said Henry Fernandez the former deputy mayor.
According to this attendance sheet, Santiago has attended just four of 15 committee meetings. People understand that life comes with unexpected challenges and all they're looking for is a simple explanation.
"I'm not sure what his reasons are. I'm sure he's had his reasons, and I just hope he's happy and healthy in 2013," said Hausladen.
"I think we deserve to have an alderman who cares enough to do the job," said Fernandez.