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When Centre City Development Corp. President Nancy Graham resigned today, she cited her desire to be with her ill mother, who has Parkinson’s disease and dementia.

In 2004, when she left a similar redevelopment post in West Palm Beach, Fla., she cited a similar reasoning.

This is from the website of ABC affiliate WPBF:

When she speaks, former West Palm Beach Mayor Nancy Graham’s passion about the city of West Palm Beach is obvious.

For the past year, Graham’s home away from home has been her office at the Downtown Development Authority, but that’s all about to change.

Graham announced Tuesday she is stepping down as executive director to spend more time with her 80-year-old mother who is very ill.

“With an aging parent, I join the millions in America that are taking a more active role in taking care of their elderly parents,” she said.

There’s another similarity as well: Both here and in West Palm Beach, Graham was involved in developments that had become controversial because of her business connections to subsidiaries of the same development firm, The Related Companies.

ANDREW DONOHUE

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