Babylon Village trustee Alice M. Vanderveldt formally resigned today, four months before the end of her fourth term.
In an interview after Tuesday night's board meeting, the data analyst for Eastern Suffolk BOCES said she planned to resign because "my focus needs to be on my family at this stage in my life."
She and her husband, Joe Vanderveldt, have four children. A son attends military college and may soon join the U.S. Marine Corps; a daughter is preparing to move to Boston and another plans to wed soon. Another son is married and living in Massachusetts.
Vanderveldt, 52, said she recently changed her mind about serving her full term. "The idea was to go into the holidays without the burden and responsibility, and start the new year on a brand new footing," she said.
Mayor Ralph Scordino said the resignation from the five-member board was a surprise but understandable. "I think she just got tired," he said. Serving on the board of a village of 12,000, he said, is "a big responsibility, and if you have other responsibilities, it can be very difficult."
Vanderveldt was appointed to the board in 1996 by then-Mayor E. Donald Conroy and re-elected the following year. She led development and oversight of the village's Memorial Garden, dedicated to eight people with ties to the village who died in the 9/11 attacks. She also oversaw the village's summer recreation program for children, its summer concert series and the tree-planting program.
Vanderveldt, who has lived in the village most of her life, said she would go back to school to pursue a school administrator's certificate.
She looks forward to life as a village resident, minus leadership responsibilities, she added. "I'm not going to miss being so worried and so concerned about everything I see around me 24 hours a day, seven days a week," she said. "I gave this job my heart and soul, and that's what I was elected to do."
Scordino said he would appoint another village resident to finish Vanderveldt's four-year term. He said he had a woman in mind for the seat and will announce her name next week. The seat will be up for election in March. Trustees are paid $7,500 per year.