City must get work done

Here we go again. It seems the Gloversville government is doomed to look like the federal government: Endless grandstanding with little work actually being done.

Case in point: The Gloversville Common Council, Mayor Dayton King and City Attorney Anthony Casale got into a public dispute over who has what authority at a meeting Tuesday. The dispute resulted in the council putting off four emergency resolutions involving the Recreation Commission, city transit fees and Common Council rules.

If this were the first time this year the majority of the council and the mayor had a major argument, it could be ignored. Unfortunately, this is becoming routine.

In January, at the first meeting of the year, there was a fight over King’s decision not to reappoint zoning board Chairwoman Karen Smith.

Appointments to the board are made by the mayor, but they need to be approved by the council.

The majority of the council would not approve it, and some said it was a political decision; Smith is president of the Gloversville Republican Committee, which endorsed Michael Ponticello in his failed bid for mayor.

At a later meeting, King tried to reappoint David Strausser to the zoning board, but the council voted down the appointment.

With the current gridlock over who will fill the vacant positions, the board only has three members, which is just enough for a quorum.

We said before that could hurt the board’s ability to take care of business – which is exactly what happened. Recently, the board was unable to meet because one of the three members could not attend a meeting.

To make matters more complicated, late last month, the council and King spent nearly 90 minutes behind closed doors in a meeting that was intended to be a Republican caucus.

However, the meeting included all members of the council – Republicans and Democrats. That made it an illegal meeting.

While the intention may have been to bridge the divide between a bipartisan majority and a minority on the council, the meeting clearly failed to do that.

King has said he will attempt to appoint members to the Zoning Board of Appeals and other vacant positions at the next council meeting March 25.

Good.

We understand the council and mayor are finding it difficult to work together right now, but that is no reason to keep other boards from conducting business.

At this point, the council risks damaging the city just to take the mayor down a peg.

The mayor could have communicated his intentions better before all of this started. But now the council members risk hurting people who have no involvement in this mess.

We challenge the council and mayor to resolve the appointment issues by the end of the month.

Bad politicians hold fast to their stance on an issue and ignore the consequences. Good politicians know when to compromise to help their constituents.