King, DeSantis announce run

Both declare candidacy for city of Gloversville

From left, Vince DeSantis, Marcia Weiss, Dayton King and Steve Smith listen prior to the King’s and DeSantis’ announcements on running for mayor and councilman-at-large, respectively Saturday. (The Leader-Herald/Eric Retzlaff)

GLOVERSVILLE — Mayor Dayton King officially announced he will run for re-election during a public gathering Saturday evening at the City National Commons Building, vowing he will not raise taxes and may even lower them.

He also promised to continue working across party lines to revitalize the city. King, a Republican and independent, has not been endorsed yet by the Republican Party and faces a primary challenge from firefighter Bill Rowback.

King and four other elected or would-be elected city officials, not all Republicans or Democrats–spoke out at the meeting as if with one voice, dubbing themselves the Gloversville Party.

The other four were 1st Ward Councilwoman Marcia Weiss, a Democrat; who is seeking re-election; Vincent DeSantis, 3rd Ward councilman and Democrat, who is seeking election as councilman-at-large; Betsy Batchelor, a Democrat who is seeking to be elected 3rd Ward councilwoman; and 4th Ward Councilman Steven Smith, a Republican.

King said he is hoping to keep up dialog with Johnstown Mayor Vern Jackson about saving money for both cities by consolidating fire, police and public works departments.

Dayton King. (The Leader-Herald/Eric Retzlaff)

DeSantis said he and other councilmen have succeeded in working together despite political party for “real revitalization” of the city.

He cited George Washington’s 1796 farewell address in which “he cautioned us about political parties, partisanship.”

“Most government is made up of one party attacking the other,” DeSantis said. “It distracts government officials from really serving the public.”

Weiss said she has been working on city codes and tweeting codes to improve neighborhood quality and removing blight and especially improve life for the elderly.

“There’s a sense of community here [in Gloversville],” said Batchelor, mentioning her role as a library trustee in working for the renovation of the Gloversville Library. “The optimism and dedication of the few have affected the many.”

After the meeting, DeSantis said the city’s elected officials have to make “[our] personal decisions based on issues, not to advance a political party.”