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Plaquemine Mayor Mary Sue Gulotta

Plaquemine Mayor Mary Sue Gulotta has been hospitalized and is in stable condition after a fall at her home Friday evening, according to a spokeswoman for the city.

Gulotta was on the second-floor balcony of her home when it collapsed, said Ellie Hebert, of Peacock Communications LLC.

A passerby saw the collapse and called 911, and emergency response personnel quickly transported her to Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center in Baton Rouge, Hebert said.

Gulotta was appointed to the Mayor’s Office after the death of her husband, Mayor Mark A. “Tony” Gulotta, in September. She will serve in that position until January, when a new mayor and Board of Selectmen are sworn into office.