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Brookville has change in village leadership

Daniel Serota was appointed mayor of Brookville. (Sept.

Daniel Serota was appointed mayor of Brookville. (Sept. 20, 2012) Credit: Johnny Milano

Brookville's leadership is going places, sort of.

The mayor and deputy mayor have swapped positions, with Caroline Bazzini stepping down last month as mayor and the board of trustees appointing former Deputy Mayor Daniel Serota as her successor. Serota, in turn, appointed Bazzini as deputy mayor and village trustee.

Serota Tuesday said he plans to run for mayor in March and expected Bazzini to run for trustee.

The pair had collaborated well in the aftermath of superstorm Sandy, he said

"She's so dedicated," said Serota, who had served as deputy mayor for four years and was formerly a member of the planning and architectural review boards.

"I need her and the residents need her as well."

In a column published in Brookville's winter newsletter, Bazzini also had words of praise for Serota.

"Dan has put his heart and soul into working on behalf of Brookville," she writes.

"I think this combination gives our Village the very best -- two people with two different lifestyles but one common denominator -- we both love Brookville and want to ensure its well being," she writes.

Bazzini in the column says she "retired as mayor" as the "last part" of a plan that included accomplishments such as renovating Village Hall and keeping taxes flat.

Bazzini, who could not be reached for comment, was first elected a trustee 23 years ago.

Serota said he hopes "to rebuild Brookville and make it better than it was" before Sandy.

Meanwhile, Robert Antonucci was appointed as a trustee to replace Mitchell Rechler, who moved from Brookville.

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