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BALLSTON: Judge upholds retailer ban

To further their claim about the legality of the meetings held last May, attorneys presented what was said to be a photocopy of a page from town council member Mary Beth Hynes' personal calendar, on which the date of one meeting was allegedly marked "secret meeting."

"Petitioners have presented no evidence to prove the validity of the alleged calendar page," wrote Williams in his decision.

The source of the calendar page remains anonymous.

Hynes said Sunday she hopes attention will now be turned back to other town business.

"Now that the court has dismissed the third lawsuit, brought by the Rossi family, I really hope that we can put this issue to rest once and for all," said Hynes. "The proposed Wal-Mart was the wrong project for the town of Ballston, and the court has held that the town did nothing wrong in rejecting it. I believe that the town council did the right thing by the residents of Ballston. I, for one, am ready to bury the hatchet and to move forward for the good of the town."

Hynes said the town board is not against working on other ideas for the Rossi property.

"Let's focus our energies now on taking a fresh look at the Rossis parcel and cooperatively coming up with a project that does fit, and that will work for the town," said Hynes.

The Rossis said Saturday they intend to pursue legal action.

"We'll appeal in Albany under a different judge," said Marozzi. "We can't expect a fair decision at this point with the local political connections.""

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