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Babylon Village trustee quits board due to 'dynamics'

Babylon Village trustee Carol Amelia has resigned and will be replaced by Mary Adams.

Amelia, a retired New York City police officer who works part time in real estate and has served on the village board since 2012, said in an interview that she had decided several months ago not to run for re-election in March but that she had recently decided to step down sooner. “Dynamics on the board led me to believe I could no longer do my job effectively,” she said. She declined to elaborate.

Mayor Ralph Scordino said he and Amelia spoke about her resignation earlier in June but that she had not explained her decision. “You don’t know what’s in people’s minds,” he said.

Amelia had worked on summer recreation programs, concerts at the gazebo, resurfacing of the municipal tennis courts and operations at the village greenhouse.

Adams, a real estate agent at Century 21 on Main Street, will join the board this month, taking over Amelia’s duties with parks and recreation. A Frederick Shores resident who has lived in the village since 2003, she leads the Tuna Club, serves on the executive board of the Babylon Beautification Society and on the Architecture Review Board. She will resign from the review board when she assumes her new duties.

“The mayor and other trustees, the maintenance and parks employees have really done a great job enhancing the community and making value” in the village, she said. “I’m hoping to keep that going. Wherever they need me, I’ll do it. It helps all of us, whether we live here or work here.”

Adams will serve out the remainder of Amelia’s term and said she will probably run to keep the seat next year.

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