Councilman steps down, takes new board position

James Robinson accepts his proclamation from Mayor Dayton King during Tuesday's Common Council meeting. (The Leader-Herald/Kerry Minor)

GLOVERSVILLE — Tuesday represented a time of changes on the Common Council as Councilman-at-Large James Robinson sat in on his last meeting.

Tuesday was declared as James H. Robinson day in the city by the mayor and council.

Robinson decided to step down from the council this year, but will not be gone from city matters. He will be joining the Water Board in 2018 after previously serving as the council’s liaison since 2010.

Robinson joined the council in 2004 as the third ward councilman before moving to the councilman-at-large position in 2010.

Robinson also previously served on the city’s recreation commission and has been involved with the Glove City Colonials, the Fulton County’s Republican Club and the People’s AME Zion Church.

He is a lifelong city resident, father of three and grandfather of one.

“I’ve worked with Jim over the last eight years and I can say we’ve had a couple disagreements, and Jim was right most of those times,” Mayor Dayton King said.

Robinson’s family packed the gallery of the council chamber to see his last meeting and see him get a proclamation from the city.

Robinson said he is thankful for his family and constituents for “making this possible. He also gave his thanks to his colleagues and department heads who helped him during his time as a councilman and councilman-at-large.

“Thank you very much for this time and I am right across the street,” he said.

Robinson was also presented with a gavel engraved with the dates of his time on the council.

Current Third Ward Councilman Vincent DeSantis will be taking over the seat on Jan. 1.

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