Letters to the Editor

Betsy Batchelor is the right one for the job

We need Betsy Batchelor as the 3rd Ward council. Fifty years ago, Gloversville was a prosperous small city, a great and safe place to live. It had excellent schools, a thriving main street and stately elms lining many side streets. Dutch Elm blight killed the elms and a different kind of blight ...

Let’s keep our city moving in the right direction

It is no secret that our city and county face challenges, but we also have many assets that give me hope for the future and our ability to meet those challenges. Our local governments are working together to keep us safe and healthy, and maintain the critical public services and infrastructure ...

Dayton King used private personnel information

With great disgust, I learned that Dayton King recently used confidential information from a personnel file to attack a political challenger on live radio. If King’s smears are true, he has, at best, pointed out the blemishes of a very human candidate. However, in the process of doing so, ...

Voters need to elect the qualified candidate

Seven days from today is the general election for the Gloversville Mayoral race. So I encourage all citizens of Gloversville that are registered voters do what’s best for the city of Gloversville. Our city cannot afford to elect an individual who lacks the experience and qualifications needed ...

Please vote ‘no’ on the Constitutional Convention

This election year, when most candidates are running unopposed in our area, you will find one very important issue on the ballot. In New York state, on the back of your ballot, Proposition 1 asks if you support a 2019 Constitutional Convention, and to this I say no. Any changes to the ...

Term limits are needed to help keep politicians honest

It seems like everyday we hear more stories of corruption, influence peddling and bribery of our elected officials. It seems that as soon as one gets elected to any political office, they lose all sense of honesty. The concept of serving those who have elected them is replaced by dedicating ...

No good deed goes unpunished

Yesterday I received a parking ticket downtown. I am a volunteer and have been for almost five years at the food pantry at 33 Bleecker, run by the First Free Methodist Church. I pick up bread twice a week bring it to the center to be distributed to the twin towers (Kingsboro and Forrest) and ...

Experience counts, re-elect Dayton King

Dayton King has served as the mayor of Gloversville for two consecutive terms which will end on Dec. 31. The residents of the city have an opportunity to elect King for a third term. Experience counts. During King’s two terms, he has assembled some of the best department heads to cause the ...

Running for council position to give town new insight

My name is William “Billy” Witts. I am running for town councilman in the town of Hope. I have attended Long Island University and lived in the town for over 40 years on 260 Old Northville Road at “Witts End.” I was employed by New York state as a director of a group home for the ...

King is the most qualified to be Gloversville mayor

This past Saturday, I listened to the WENT forum between Gloversville mayoral candidates, Dayton J. King and William Rowback Jr. For those of you who may be undecided, I would like to offer my opinion, based on 30 plus years in career education and workforce development, as to who I believe is ...

Thank you to everyone who helped me battle cancer

My name is Sebastian Lasher. Some of you might know me from Sebby Strong. On Dec. 19, 2015, my mom rushed me to the emergency room because my face was very swollen. There Dr. Wakeman and the amazing nurses took good care of me, but they had to send me to Albany, then I was placed in ICU for the ...

Broadalbin voters, beware of ‘taxpayer friendly’ claims

I have served as a town of Broadalbin councilwoman for the past 12 years and have enjoyed trying to make a difference for the residents of the town. I am writing to express my concern that candidate Perry’s claims to be “taxpayer friendly” are far from the truth. She has criticized and ...

Elect Jamin Clemente as third ward councilwoman

I urge voters in Gloversville 3rd Ward to elect Jamin Clemente for council member. Jamin is up to the job of representing the residents and taxpayers of our ward. I have known of Jamin’s work ethic (as well as her dad’s) on Gloversville Enlarged School District Board of Education; she ...

Vote yes for change, vote yes for Prop 1

On Nov. 7, we have an opportunity that comes around only once every 20 years — to establish a Constitutional Convention. New York is at its greatest when it stands up for participation, democracy, and the power of ordinary people. Both party’s inability to get any meaningful change ...

Dayton King is no longer who he said he would be

Many of us remember the Dayton King from eight years ago. That young, good intentioned, seemingly honest guy looking to be mayor. Eight years has taken a real toll on Dayton King. What we’re left with is this current slick talking, thumbs up flashing, career politician that leaves us with a ...

There are always two sides to any story

I am a Broadalbin senior citizen and I was appalled by the letter that Ms. Canfield and Ms. Boltash had written. I lost my husband two years ago and was devastated. I have no family local and nowhere to turn. My friends told me to call the Broadalbin Assessing Department that they could help ...

Betsy Batchelor is the right choice for third ward council

It’s not just a sense of civic duty that is moving Elizabeth (Betsy) Batchelor to run for the 3rd Ward council position but also a love of her community. She sees the potential of Gloversville and has focused on how to achieve positive change. I’ve worked with Betsy for more than six ...

CSEA says “Just say no” to a constitutional convention

CSEA Local 925 Fulton-Montgomery counties retirees is concerned, as are many other unions about the possibility of a New York State Constitutional Convention. By law, this opportunity arises every 20 years. New York state for over four decades (in 1977 and 1997) has said no to a constitutional ...

Vote ‘Yes’ to Ballot Proposal 3 — it is worthy of passage

In this November’s election, Ballot Proposal 3 is worthy of passage. It is important to communities in the Adirondacks. If passed, Proposal 3 will allow communities in the Adirondacks and Catskills to make common-sense infrastructure upgrades that they currently cannot make without amendments ...

Vote for Betsy Batchelor on Nov. 7 for council position

As 3rd Ward residents who care, as we all do, about the future and revitalization of Gloversville, we encourage you to vote for Elizabeth Batchelor for the 3rd Ward council position. My husband and I have known Betsy personally and professionally for many years. Betsy has always demonstrated an ...