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New year, new leaders

Ireland, who works for the state Senate, also hopes to preserve the town's charm.

"As we see continued growth we have to ensure that the town character is protected," said Ireland.

Land preservation also came up as an important issue.

After the ceremony, Hynes said other challenges ahead, include sorting out the town's water contracts will also be a pressing issue for town officials. The town is currently contracted to purchase water from two sources: a pre-existing contract with Glenville and a recently approved contract with the Saratoga County Water Authority.

Southworth, a former pharmacist, is the first woman supervisor and first Democrat since Henry Ryan served for a short term in the 1970s. Southworth succeeds Ray Callanan, who served as supervisor for more than 20 years.

The board will be hiring a town attorney to replace Carlton Potts, who issued a letter stating he will not be seeking reappointment after 12 years of service to the town. Resumes can be sent to the attention of Town Supervisor Patti Southworth, 323 Charlton Road, Ballston Spa 12020. Applications will be accepted through Sunday, Jan. 20.

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