Ballston Spa mayor announces resignation during village board meeting

Saratoga County

BALLSTON SPA, N.Y. (NEWS10) — Ballston Spa Mayor Larry Woolbright is resigning. He made the announcement during the village board meeting Monday night. Woolbright is closing the chapter early on in his first term as mayor.

“On Monday I submitted my letter of resignation as mayor effective at the close of the business day this Friday,” said Woolbright. 

Woolbright, a republican says he had a strained relationship with the democrats on the Ballston Spa Board of Trustees. He shocked them on Monday with his decision. He cited disagreements with the village board as his reason for stepping down. Except for one member, he said the board makes it difficult for him to do his job effectively.

“I started having a lot of trouble getting stuff accomplished, getting stuff approved and doing the things that I wanted to do,” said he.

Ballston Spa Village Trustee Liz Kormos says she is sad to see the mayor go especially under these circumstances.  

“If I offended you, I apologize my intention has not been to offend you. My intention is very much like yours to do the best for this village,” said Kormos. 

“I told the people of this community I would serve a four-year term and I am unable to do that. It makes me feel very uncomfortable,” said Woolbright. 

He started his four-year term in 2019. The deputy mayor will now take over. 

“I believe they elect one of their own to be the mayor temporarily. But I’m not sure what the state laws are in what exactly happens after that,” said Woolbright.

Woolbright says as mayor he focused on Ballston Spa’s financial stability. He thanks the community for their support.

“I was not prepared for the level of support I have received for the last 2.5 years in the form of letters, emails, phone calls, and comments on the street. People have been so good to me,” said he.

The meeting was recorded and posted on YouTube. Woolbright’s resignation will take effect at the end of the day on Friday.

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