A recent vacancy on the Village of Rhinebeck Board of Trustees was quickly filled last week.

Paul Korczak announced his resignation, effective Oct. 1. And Lydia Hill Slaby was appointed as his replacement on Oct. 2.

Mayor Gary Bassett said Korczak, who had been on the board for 18 months, had been considering potential business opportunities outside of Rhinebeck over the last few months.

“As time progressed, he found it more viable to relocate for his work opportunities,” Bassett said. “It’s not unexpected. We’ve been working toward that possibility.”

Slaby will finish out the trustee term through March 2021, and will also take over responsibilities as the liaison to the Building-Planning-Zoning Board. She previously held a position as an alternate on the Zoning Board of Appeals.

A writer, speaker and consultant, Slaby holds a bachelor’s degree in urban studies and business economics from Brown University and has served in numerous roles for various nonprofits, from those focused on the environment and women’s empowerment to those hoping to combat cancer.

She formerly worked as a corporate lawyer in Chicago  — focused on bankruptcy and restructuring — and at one time served former Gov. Deval Patrick in Massachusetts as Deputy Chief of Staff for Administration and Finance.

“Paul will be really missed on our board,” Bassett said. “He was a valuable asset on many issues. He’s going to be missed, but we now have a great replacement with Lydia.”

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