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Babylon to save $86G by consolidating jobs

The Town of Babylon’s head of downtown revitalization will now also lead the town’s community development department.

Vanessa Pugh, who has worked for the town since 2007 as director of downtown revitalization has been named deputy commissioner of planning and development and will oversee the operations of the Community Development Office.

The director of community development is tasked with, among other responsibilities, monitoring Community Development Block Grant funds and assuring that the town fulfills all fiscal, legal and technical responsibilities to U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development regulations. Pugh’s salary for both positions will be $96,131, along with a $10,000 stipend. Her previous salary was $95,820.

Pugh will replace Theresa Sabatino, who is taking over as commissioner of general services, a position which oversees the purchasing, information technology and personnel departments. Previous commissioner Pat Kaphan retired in August. Sabatino will continue to earn a salary of $96,131.

Town spokesman Tim Ruggeri said Pugh was chosen to take on the dual positions because of her experience and proven track record. Ruggeri said Pugh’s move, which involves the highest level administrative positions, will save the town nearly $86,000.

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