Cecilia Buck-Taylor, of New Milford, is preparing to take her place representing the 67th District in the state Legislature.

In the meantime, the veteran town councilwoman passed her seat on the council on to fellow Republican Beth Falder.

Mrs. Falder was unanimously voted onto the council Monday.

"I worked with Beth on one of the committees of the Town Council," said Ms. Buck-Taylor, now state House Representative for the 67th District.

"I was also part of the process when Beth was chosen as an alternate on the Board of Finance. She's intelligent, energetic and has a good handle on fiscal management," Ms. Buck-Taylor added. "And I know it's going to be a tough budget season coming up."

Mrs. Falder, 40, served one year as an alternate on the Board of Finance and was elected to a four-year seat in 2011.

She is a data analyst at New Milford Hospital, a member of the New Milford Rotary Club and a member of the Greater New Milford Chamber of Commerce.

Mrs. Falder also serves a volunteer for the Brookfield YMCA swimming program.

"I was very honored when Cecilia approached me," Mrs. Falder said, "and asked if I would be interest in filling the seat on the Town Council."

A nine-year resident of New Milford, Mrs. Falder was drawn to public service by her belief "if you live in a town, you should contribute as much as possible to build that town to what is should be."

She and her husband, Michael, have three children -- Alison, 13; Nicholas, 11; and Sarah, 8.

The family home has recently been joined by Mr. Falder's parents, who have moved to the U.S. from England.

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