State Representative Jason Perillo will be stepping down from his seat as Shelton’s 2nd Ward Alderman soon. Citing increased demands on his time stemming from his responsibilities as a state legislator and his desire to spend more time with his wife, Perillo, R-113th District, informed Board of Aldermen President John F. Anglace Thursday morning of his intention to resign. “I have been struggling with this decision for quite a while,” Perillo said. “But as the state’s budget crisis worsens almost every day, it’s become very clear that I’ve got to focus on what I need to do in Hartford for the residents of Shelton and the State of Connecticut.” Perillo sits on the legislature’s budget-writing Appropriations Committee and was recently named the leading House Republican on three of its subcommittees: Regulation and Protection, Transportation, and Human Services. “The months ahead will demand some very difficult decisions,” Perillo said. “We’ve got to trim back government services while not stifling the creation of good jobs.” State Senator Dan Debicella, R-21st District, who represents Shelton and is the leading Republican Senator on the Appropriations Committee, agreed that the state’s looming $8 billion deficit will test the legislature and its political will. “As we work to craft a common sense budget, Jason’s leadership will serve us all well,” Debicella said. Perillo said he and his wife discussed the possibility of stepping down from the Board of Aldermen as the two watched his legislative commitments grow while his free time dwindled. “We’ve been married for three months and we’d like to spend a few evenings a week together that aren’t bookended by meetings or conference calls,” Perillo said. Perillo and his wife Becky were married on November 8, 2008.In addition to his roles as alderman and state representative, Perillo also volunteered as Chief of Shelton’s Echo Hose Ambulance from 2004 through 2008 and as co-chairman of the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. He continues to serve as a member of Shelton’s Senior Center Commission. In addition, he is a member of several non-profit boards of directors throughout the Valley and works full-time as the Executive Director of the Valley’s regional paramedic service. Perillo said he will continue serving the 2nd Ward as its alderman until his replacement is selected. The City Charter requires the remaining Republican aldermen to choose his replacement. “I told John [Anglace] that I would stay involved and help my successor through the transition period,” Perillo said. “Whether he’s driving Downtown redevelopment or simply speaking up for folks in the community, I know Representative Perillo will be someone that I and all of Shelton will be turning to again and again in the months and years ahead,” Anglace said.