Thursday, 31 January 2019 13:22

Ballston Spa Republicans Name Ticket

BALLSTON SPA — On Jan. 24 Ballston Spa Republicans held a caucus to select their candidates for the village elections, which will be held on March 19. Current Mayor John Romano and two village trustees, Stuart Hodsoll and Robert Cavanaugh are not seeking re-election this year. The three have held their seat for nearly 24 years.

Larry Woolbright, a member of the Ballston Spa Finance Advisory Committee, is running for mayor. Woolbright chaired the committee. Woolbright is a retired professor from Siena College and former head of the Biology Department and Dean of Science. He has a background in government service and served as chair of the Town of Milton Planning Board and the Open Space Committee.

“The village will need strong leadership moving into the next year and I am confident that, as a team, we will be able to listen to the concerns of residents and deliver results,” said Woolbright.

“Working collaboratively and with a true vision has always served the people well. I know we can create that environment in theVillage.”

In September it was announced that treasurer Christopher Hickey and deputy treasurer Darryl Purinton had resigned from their positions. Soon after, in October an audit from the state Comptroller’s office was released and stated the village was in poor financial condition and that records were kept inadequately. The town is still seeking a treasurer.

Running for trustees on the republican ticket include Peter Martin and Rory O’Connor. Both Martin and O’Connor were also Ballston Spa Finance Advisory Committee. Their job on the committee was to advise trustees and give recommendations to remedy the faulty financial conditions in the village.

“I am eager to get out there door-to-door meeting voters to discuss issues and solutions relating to our village,” said Martin.

“We have the skills and financial background to get our village books in order and, in turn, invest in the areas which matter most. I am looking forward to earningthesupportofvotersinthe village.” Martin operates 18-year- old business Village Photo located in Ballston Spa.

“I am thrilled to take this step to better help my neighbors in the village. There are so many wonderful things aboutour community which are worth preserving and fighting for,” said O’Connor who is a real estate broker who owns Saratoga Real Property and 199 Professional Building.

“My goal is to ensure our village is on a strong financial footing so our services and quality of life is protected and further improved,” he added.

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