Community members, elected officials and local leaders collected together at Argle Park tonight to honor the life of late Babylon Village Mayor Ralph Scordino.
The Village of Babylon hosted the vigil, called “Light the Night Tribute,” the same night they lit the park’s tree for the holiday season.
There was live music, a slideshow of Scordino’s life, and many took to the microphone to share memories they had of the beloved mayor, who suffered a fatal heart attack last month.
“Ralph loved Babylon Village,” said his wife, Linda Scordino. “To him, this village was the greatest place to live, raise a family, enjoy the amenities, shop, eat, volunteer, fish, walk, play and make friends.
“He considered it such a privilege to make Babylon better and better.”
Babylon’s newly appointed mayor, Mary Adams, helped lead the night and had the following to say about Scordino, her confidant and friend.
“He was the one who would deliver soup to my porch when I had the flu,” remembered Adams. “He’s the person I could talk about life with.”
Babylon Town Supervisor Rich Schaffer was in attendance and he spoke about his daily 10 a.m. calls he would have with the late mayor.
“It was usually about how I could help him improve the lives of the residents that live in the Village of Babylon,” said Schaffer.
Schaffer also had the following words to the Scordino family:
“He taught me a lot over the years. I am so grateful that I had the opportunity to have a close relationship with him and he will certainly be missed.”
During the tribute, Mayor Mary Adams also announced the renaming of Argyle Falls — a restoration project Scordino worked on for the last few years — as Ralph A. Scordino Memorial Falls at Argyle Lake. The commemoration was approved at a Babylon Village Board of Trustee meeting on Nov. 24.
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