Councilwoman won't run for reelection

In a letter emailed to The Spotlight on Feb. 15 announcing her decision, Ireland expressed frustration with aspects of town government.

"While I have enjoyed serving the residents of Ballston, I have also been frustrated over the impact that needless, divisive politics has had on town operations. There has been a lack of communications and direction from the supervisor's office that I do not believe has benefited the town," said Ireland in the email. "This lack of leadership from the top has ill prepared our town for the days to come. We are a small town with so many wonderful attributes that political posturing and agendas should not be an obstacle to good governing."

Ireland elaborated on her initial statement, saying she doesn't believe the Town Board currently has a good working relationship and that has hindered progress.

"We're a small enough town that I think ultimately we may agree on the issues but there's an issue with being able to work together and that is extremely bothersome to me," said Ireland. "If I thought the time I was putting into the town board was being used to the best usage, that's fine, but right now I feel a lot of times we're just spinning our tires."

For example, said Ireland, she recently was made aware of an article in local media regarding the IDA and issues she felt she should have known about before the general public.

"Patti [Southworth] was involved in some decisions and this is the first time I'm hearing about it. When you have certain issues that relate to the town, and town council members read about it in the newspaper rather than hear it from the supervisor, that is an example of a problem," said Ireland.

Southworth said that if Ireland had questions or needed information, she has always been available.

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