Noah Shaw was drawn to Village Hall last year when he saw a problem he wanted to fix.
With five children living near the intersection in front of his Court Street home, including his own 7-year-old son, Shaw, his wife, Karen Barone, and their neighbors were concerned for the children’s safety. They worked with Mayor John Romano for nine months and got four-way stop signs put in at Court and Galway streets this past fall.
“It seems like a small thing, but we actually got it done, and I will tell you that my and my neighbors’ blood pressure is significantly lower now,” said Shaw.
That experience inspired Shaw, 40, to run for Village Board, but now he has his eyes on a bigger problem — the contaminated Rickett’s Dry Cleaning site on Route 50.
“If a small thing like the stop sign can make such a big difference, think what cleaning up a contaminated, centrally located site for redevelopment could do for people’s lives?” he asked.
Federal Environmental Protection Agency workers have begun testing 60 village homes for vapor intrusion after carcinogenic contaminants were found at the closed dry-cleaning site in August. Shaw, who works as general counsel for the New York State Energy Research & Development Authority, said his experience providing daily oversight of the state’s only high-level nuclear waste site will help him address the Rickett’s site as a village trustee.
Shaw, a Democrat who moved to the village with his wife and son three years ago, is running for one of two board seats on the all-Republican board. One seat is held by Ron Henry and the other is being vacated by Courtney Mancini, who is not seeking re-election. Shawn Raymond, a 19-year village resident, civil engineer and Democrat, is running for a second time. Bruce Couture, a Republican who recently resigned from the Milton Town Board, is also running for trustee.
Erika Tebbens, a Democrat and small business owner, is also challenging Republican Village Justice Michael Morrissey. Election Day is March 21; polls will be open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Village residents haven’t elected a Democrat to the board in recent history, but Shaw said he doesn’t think partisan politics should matter when it comes to balancing a village budget, fixing pothole, or cleaning up a contaminated dry-cleaning site.
“I’m here to work for the people in the village of Ballston Spa,” he said. “I’m not here to impose on those folks any national party agenda.”