BALLSTON: Dem wins top spot

Southworth said Tuesday night she will seek the opinions of town residents and business owners before determining how to unsnarl the issue of two water providers.

"My first step in office will be to provide the open government I have promised," said Southworth. "As a result, we will hold a public hearing that is eight months overdue. This will direct us as to how to proceed."

Southworth said her goals include trimming the town budget, including asking why the board voted to give themselves a raise for the second year in a row; assuring compliance with open government laws; ending the influence of special interest groups such as developers; and assuring smart growth to protect the rural flavor.

Southworth has lived in Ballston for 22 years, raising three children with her husband, Patrick, who chairs the town's Democratic committee. Southworth recently retired from practicing pharmacy to work full-time as town supervisor once elected.

Townley served the town as a council member for 28 years, 20 years as deputy town supervisor. Townley and worked on projects including the Veterans Bike Path, the Ballston Lake fishing pier, a new library and the addition to town hall.

Republicans take two open seats on board

Despite a new Democratic town supervisor, Republicans remain the dominant party in the town slate of elected officials.

Republican newcomers Kimberly Ireland and Tim Szczepaniak won the two open seats on the Ballston town council, nudging out Democratic candidate George Seymour.

Election Day brought a sweep at the polls, with Ireland earning the lion's share of 1,787 votes. Szczepaniak received 1,412 votes, and Seymour trailed with 1,309 votes. Another Democratic candidate, Janet Milos, who did not campaign publicly, earned 790 votes.

Ireland made a strong campaign push including going door-to-door and speaking out to groups about her hands-on experience through her work as the director of the state Senate Energy and Telecommunications Committee. During a Meet the Candidate's night last month, Ireland said she works with constituents on an almost daily basis and understands the importance of responsive service. She is a strong supporter of two-way communications between elected officials and town residents. Her goals include establishing town hall meetings and open office hours for members of the council. Ireland has also said she would like to expand the town newsletter to come out on a regular, quarterly basis.

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