BALLSTON: Spring brings political heat to town

The bottom line is that they went with a Republican with very little experience," said Stern, who operates a computer support business. "I've attended the planning board meetings religiously for the last two and a half years. I paid my own way to attend a planning and zoning conference last fall. I'm involved in Junior Achievement and the Friends of the Kaydeross Creek. My record of pubic service is strong."

Callanan dismissed the notion that politics were involved.

"We interviewed people and chose the most qualified," said Callanan. "Lee is a business owner and represents the Burnt Hills business community. I don't even know what party he's registered with."

Ramsey said his lifelong residence in the town shows his commitment to Ballston's future development and proliferation.

"I've lived here all my life, and have many interests in the town," said Ramsey. "I bought property for my business on Route 50, and went through the process of sitting before the planning board for about six months. I became more interested in how the whole process works, and since I've been on the other side, I have a good sense of the process."

Ramsey said he is a registered member of the Republican Party.

Dems speak out

The head of the town's Democratic Party, Patrick Southworth, husband of candidate Patti Southworth, said he's watching events very closely as the party sets a roster of candidates for the November elections.

"Of course party affiliations are part of the process of appointing committee members," said Patrick Southworth. "There's a Republican enclave here controlled by the county Republican Party. Honesty is the best policy, and the town board should be ashamed."

Southworth said work is underway to recruit Dems to get on the ballot for supervisor and town council member, but would not specify names.

"We're keeping a tight lid on this; we don't want to tip our hand," said Patrick Southworth. "I can say this; right now we have eight candidates under consideration. There's definitely a Democratic movement under way."

Stern said he's toying with the notion of getting on the ballot.""

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