Mayor officially announces bid

GLOVERSVILLE – Mayor Dayton King officially announced Thursday he is running for re-election and will seek Independent, Conservative and Republican lines on the ballot.

“We are going to raise our children here and want to continue to have the type [of] community that is family-oriented,” King said. “I know there is a lot of things that could be better in our city, and we are going to take that one step at a time and lead by example.”

King made the announcement to about 50 people at a campaign fundraiser at the Eccentric Club.

Two other people also have announced their candidacies for mayor. Gloversville 5th Ward Supervisor Michael Ponticello is seeking the post, as is former city council member James Handy.

King said he believes the city is starting to turn around and head in the right direction because it has the “right people in the right places.”

The mayor has played a role in appointing several key department officials, including a fire chief and police chief, a public works director and a city attorney.

“It is not one person or the mayor of the city that does all of this,” King said. “We have a great team of people. The Common Council, when we are working together, it is hard to stop what we are doing.”

If King is re-elected in November, he would be the first incumbent mayor in the city to serve a second term in more than 40 years. According to the city website, the last mayor to be re-elected was Richard H. Hood, when he served from 1962 to 1969.

King said he is happy the city has been able to keep the taxes flat the last two years and is hopeful he will be able to reduce them in the future. He said the Police Department has made the city safer and is creating a more visible presence in the city.

He said being available through his personal Facebook account and openly providing the number to his cellphone has allowed him to interact with residents of the city and be aware of the issues that concern them.