Legislator Wayne Horsley (D–Lindenhurst) will leave his current position as the head of the 14th Legislative District in Suffolk County for a new position with the state parks office later this year.
According to Newsday, Horsley will depart from his Suffolk County Legislature position, including his role as deputy presiding officer, after declining renomination.
Instead, Horsley said he will accept a new position as regional director of the Office of State Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation for $120,000 a year. Horsley previously worked for the office for 18 years before being elected to the legislature.
The legislator told Newsday the details of his resignation had yet to be worked out, but would leave after August 8 to prevent the town from county from having to hold a special election.
The loss of Horsley will be a key loss for the Democratic-heavy Town of Babylon area.
Horsley, a Babylon Village resident, had served the district from his Lindenhurst office since his election in 2005.
Suffolk County's District 14 covers the villages of Babylon and Lindenhurst, as well as the hamlets of North Babylon and West Babylon.