A lifelong village resident who lives in the house she grew up in has been appointed to Babylon’s board of trustees to fill the remaining term of her predecessor, who is leaving New York.
Mayor Mary Adams chose KathyAnn Miga to replace trustee Robyn Silvestri, who announced in July that she was resigning and moving out of state. Silvestri, who was appointed to the board in June 2018, was elected in March 2019 to a four-year term.
Miga, 55, will finish out Silvestri’s term and the seat will be up for election in March, Adams said.
The mayor said she interviewed 18 candidates for the position, which pays $7,500 per year.
“There was just something about her that said ‘this is the one,’ ” Adams said. “A lot of them couldn’t put the time into the job. KathyAnn was excited about putting the time in.”
Miga graduated from West Babylon High School in 1985 and for the next 10 years worked for Newsday in the collating department and press room. She then became a stay-at-home mom, raising three children. Since 2008 she has been employed as a paraprofessional for the West Babylon school district, working with children with special needs.
“I have the time in my life right now to dedicate to the position,” Miga said of the decision to become a trustee. “I wanted to give back to my community.”
Her husband, James Miga, is first assistant chief of the Babylon Fire Department, where he has volunteered for 26 years. Miga’s father, Vincent Salamone, who died in 2000, was commander of American Legion Post #94, and her mother, Maureen Salamone, 86, worked for the village’s highway department for many years.
Miga will oversee the Conklin House, the bicycle and safety committee, the village’s volunteer corps and street and holiday lighting.
“I feel like I’m a sponge waiting to absorb everything,” Miga said. “It’s very exciting.”