The mayor prefers only his Facebook ‘friends’

The mayor threw me under the bus.

On Tuesday, Jan. 9, I heard that Mayor Dayton King had not reappointed me to the Gloversville Transit Commission. On Wednesday, Jan. 10, I called the mayor’s office to ask why. The following dialogue ensued:

The mayor: I don’t reappoint people who attack me personally.

Wally: I don’t recall attacking you personally.

The mayor: Facebook.

Wally: I’m sorry you took it that way. In politics nothing is personal.

I didn’t attack him personally on Facebook. So there must have been another reason.

This is the second time Mayor King has chosen to not reappoint me to the Gloversville Transit Commission. The first came in January 2011, during his first term in office, when he was attempting to shut down the Gloversville Transit System. He found out he couldn’t because the city of Gloversville would have to give back millions of dollars in state and federal funds. At that time, he “unfriended” me on Facebook.

While pleading poverty, he sent back thousands of dollars in state and federal aid (as reported in your newspaper.) He did not deny it.

Then Transit Manager Al Schutz, who had been denied a promised raise, left for the position of executive director of ShuttleBus-Zoom, Arundel, Maine.

Which brings us up to the present.

On Jan. 1, 2018, Mayor King reappointed Christine Benson and Louise Pendl, and appointed Roger Williams to the Gloversville Transit Commission. Gloversville Transit commissioners are volunteers and serve without pay. They act as cheerleaders for the Gloversville Transit System. He did not reappoint me. There are currently several openings on the commission.

In conclusion, a mayor should represent all the people, not just his Facebook friends. In politics, as in life, it is quite possible to disagree without being disagreeable.

I continue to support the Gloversville Transit System, whether or not I am seated on the commission. And call on all my friends to do the same.