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After more than a decade of discussion and division, Walmart is coming to Ballston in Southern Saratoga County.

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Walmart will present its plans for a proposed store that has been at the center of debate for a decade in Saratoga County. The meeting will be closely watched.

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Walmart has announced that it once again plans to build a new store in the Southern Saratoga County town of Ballston, but the presence of the retailer in the community may still prove controversial.

The nation’s largest retailer announced plans this week to build a new store in Ballston in a commercial development near the corners of Routes 50 and 67.

Walmart says the new store would bring with it 300 jobs, most of them fulltime positions.

The New York town of Ballston recently voted to stop buying water from Saratoga County after testing revealed some concerns over water quality.

The town of Ballston buys water from both the Saratoga County Water Authority and the neighboring Town of Glenville. Recent testing revealed that treated water from Saratoga County contains an elevated level of chlorination byproducts. However, the levels are not higher than federal standards.

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Distrust in government was a theme that dominated discussion at a town hall meeting with Congressman Paul Tonko in the Saratoga County Town of Ballston Wednesday night.

Tonko, a Democrat of New York’s 20th District, met with constituents at the Ballston Town Hall on Wednesday. The meeting was the sixth of its kind the congressman has held in his district during the current Congressional session.

"I like the outreach. I like gathering with constituents and opening it up to every question and any question that could be imagined," said Tonko.