Former councilman running for Gloversville mayor

GLOVERSVILLE – Former Gloversville Councilman-at-Large James Handy announced today he is running for city mayor.

“Speaking with friends and family and other residents of the city, they told me I should get involved to help change the perspective of the city,” Handy said.

Handy, a registered Republican, is the third person to publicly announce plans to run for mayor.

The incumbent, Dayton King, previously said he is running for re-election in November. Gloversville 5th Ward Supervisor Michael Ponticello last month said he is running for the post. Ponticello was endorsed by the city Republican Committee.

Handy, a Gloversville resident, is a member of the city Planning Board.

Handy said he plans to run on the Republican and independent lines.

Handy served as the city’s 5th Ward councilman from 2004-05 and as councilman-at-large from 2006-09.

Among the issues Handy said he would focus on as mayor are blight problems and increasing youth participation in government and the community.

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