Empire State Pride Agenda, New York's largest gay rights advocate, has fired Ross Levi as its executive director, gay weekly Gay City News reported.

The move comes less than eight months after New York legalized gay marriage.

The group's board fired Levi during a conference call held on Monday.

Levi “will be stepping down” effective April 6, said Marla Hassner, a board member of the Empire State Pride Agenda Foundation, the group's educational arm.

In a statement released on Tuesday, the group said “Ross D. Levi is no longer serving as the executive director of Pride Agenda. Lynn Faria, our current deputy executive director, will serve as interim executive director, effective immediately.”

Levi was named executive director in March 2010, following the December 2009 departure of Alan Van Capelle, who left the organization soon after the New York Senate voted against a gay marriage bill.

Board members were reportedly unhappy with Levi's willingness to let other groups take the helm on the marriage fight last year, as well as his future plans for group. Levi wanted to place greater emphasis on Washington issues, while board members disagreed, saying there was ample work to be done in the state.