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Town attorney retires

"In retrospect, I don't know an attorney that wouldn't change the wording on those terms, including Thomas Jefferson, but we are where we are today," Potts said in an exclusive interview with Spotlight Newspapers on Oct. 29.

At that time, town officials were confident the situation could be remedied between Ballston and Glenville attorneys, but Glenville Supervisor Frank Quinn made it clear that Glenville intended to hold its neighboring town to the contract. Attorneys from the towns are currently reviewing the paperwork.

The current Ballston board has stood by Potts when questioned whether they received inaccurate legal guidance when the existing contract and its clauses failed to be reviewed before the board's vote to sign on with the county.

Southworth said on Wednesday, Dec. 19, that she had spoken in person with Potts this month and hadn't been aware of his plans to not ask to be reappointed.

"He didn't tell me anything about his intention, although he did say he wasn't sure he would even be reappointed," said Southworth.

Southworth said there have been a few committee members who have resigned effective Dec. 31, but that her strategy does not include a major turnover in people working for the town.

"I'm not going in to clean house," said Southworth. "I'm in the mode of gathering information, particularly about town finances. Nevertheless, people are nervous in a certain respect, which I understand because this is a change. The board has dramatically changed at this point."

Along with Southworth, newcomers Republican Kim Ireland and Republican Tim Szczepaniak were elected in November, replacing Republicans Boice and Townley, who lost his bid for town supervisor against Southworth.

Deputy attorney Peter Riley will serve the board starting Dec. 27, and Southworth said interviews for other candidates will begin after she is sworn in on New Year's Day.

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