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What we're looking for in a mayor

April 18, 2013

The mayoral seats in Gloversville and Johnstown both are up for election this year, and candidates already have come forwar....

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Taxedtoomuch

Apr-18-13 12:05 PM

Any new leadership needs to be forward thinking and in touch with the current times and not relying on things that worked in the past. Times have changed, society has changed, and our localities have not kept up with these changes. If our municipalities expect to survive and draw good jobs and educated youth, then changes in thinking need to happen. Let's clean up our area, weeds growing on our main streets and highly traveled roads make for bad first impressions. Just simple maintenance would be a good start.

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JudyMarcoux

Apr-18-13 12:53 PM

Excellent editorial. Thank you.

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Monet00

Apr-18-13 1:01 PM

We have all of this with our current Mayor Dayton King. I hope others will join in casting their vote for re-election as I will be doing.

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rschweizer

Apr-18-13 1:17 PM

Great ed. obviously written by someone local with a vested interest in the area.

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PleaseGetAClue

Apr-18-13 1:32 PM

"High on our list is the ability of the mayors to cooperate, communicate and be diplomatic. The mayors should show maturity, respect and a strong knowledge and appreciation for the area. We don't want to see game-playing or power-positioning." This is without a doubt, The biggest problem with the current leaders.....

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BWolf2

Apr-18-13 3:56 PM

@Monet00 You cannot be serious. King has been incompetent for the past 3 years. Don't you read the Leader-Herald ?

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laker88

Apr-18-13 4:22 PM

Bwolf...In what specific areas has King shown incompetence? I don't live in G'ville.... not doubting, just asking...

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PleaseGetAClue

Apr-18-13 4:30 PM

King has tried intimitation and strongarm tactics instead of thinking an issue through....do you remember his "we'll just cut off water to the arterial strip mall if they don't give me what I want" fiasco? This is NOT leadership. this is like the reaction a twelve year old would have. And this is just one of the numerous times he tried to get his way with threats and NOT common sense? so I have two questions before I consider where my vote goes....1) name something, ANYTHING positive he has done for Gloversville? 2) why exactly did he lose his job at Wal*Mart? Before you answer number 2, remember that Truthfullness is a key componant of TRUE leadership

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1stwardcitizen

Apr-18-13 8:19 PM

Was it, sticky fingers or stalking this time???

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BWolf2

Apr-18-13 10:56 PM

@ Laker88 #1 Failure to hire personnel who do not have the qualifications needed for the positions...........remember the Heath Hardman fiasco where he did not qualify under civil service rules ? #2 Hiring a transit mobility manager who was not qualified over a woman who was. #3 Telling the press that a DPW Director was not needed as he could run the Dept. He had absolutely no experience in running that Dept. #4 Failure to appoint a Fire Chief for over a year. #5 Failing to understand that you do not waste taxpayer money by using the city vehicle as your own personal SUV. #6 Returning over $500,000 awarded to transit without informing anyone, not even the Common Council.

Should I go on ? All of these items were in the newspaper, one only needs to research Mayor Dayton king and you will find several more examples of his incompetence.

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paperman

Apr-18-13 11:08 PM

Not mention the man has been photoed using that SUV to drive to a second job. The pics were on TV. He tried to layoff 31 city workers in the first year he was mayor. they all got layoff notices, even the police officers.

someone tell me what he has done in the last three years. i want to know too.

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Annarondac

Apr-19-13 10:55 AM

It would be exceptional if the two prospective mayors worked for consolidation of services and ultimately for consolidation of the whole county. A smaller government would put tax payers, except for property owners, more in their pockets than into the county's overinflated government. One last point, it would be nice to see positive news about Fulton County.

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YDirector

Apr-19-13 4:23 PM

For anyone who is interested in an objective opinion of how Mayor King has done while in office, all you have to do is go back and read the LH's article re: the state Comptrollers report on Gville. Mayor King inherited high unemployment, high poverty, and a govt that operates with very limited flexibility, yet has improved city finances, increased the fund balance, increased the city's credit rating, and has done all of this without raising taxes! No one is more pro-consolidation and shared services than this mayor. If anyone expected more than that in his first 3.5 years, than you are being unbelievably unreasonable.

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Ron1960

Apr-19-13 5:07 PM

As for Gloversville the next mayor better start taking better care of the streets and cleaning the catch basins and when they start repaving streets the catch basins and manholes need to be rasied before the paving is done.Aand nwhen they need to repair a catch basin or manhole they need to get done in a couple of days and stop leaving them half done for a week or more like they have been doing over the last year or moore.

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Ron1960

Apr-19-13 5:12 PM

The next mayor needs to put a stop on building more so called affordable housing and allowing those units to only pay about less than 1/3 what their taxes would be. Also why does the city need more appartments for rent when they already have so many that aresitting empty?

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TiredOfTax

Apr-19-13 7:00 PM

YDirector, it is hard to raise taxes when you are at the constitutional limit! As you can attest to we have been unheard when we voice our concerns about unwanted low/no income residences. The bar just hasn't been set too high the past few mayors and the new crop of candidates isn't lifting very far either! I have one concern though, why is it that the powers in the republican party feel the need to shun King? Why did they hop on the Ponticello bandwagon when they have an incumbent in office?

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YDirector

Apr-19-13 8:00 PM

TOT. You ask a simple question which has an easy answer. The party still had egg on their face from the last election when they did not endorse him and oops, he won! He made them look silly and unorganized. Now, this time around they endorse Mr. Ponticello, and oops, along comes Mr. Handy after the fact and throws his hat in the ring. Gheesh!

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paperman

Apr-20-13 10:09 AM

I think BWolf laid out some pretty reasons why King should not be re-elected and there are plenty more. There is no defense for the things he has done over the past three years or not done. Not appointing the fire chief for over a year ? Lying about not knowing about the vehicle policy, then it was put in the paper in one of his quotes that he did know ? Lying about a conversation with the GFD chief which she denied ever took place ? Also in the newspaper. How about him bragging about not raising taxes when it was impossible due to we are at the limit ? Sent back $500K transit needed without telling anybody ? Come on Y director, get a clue and stop defending this mayor who hasn't done anything but try to run the city from Facebook. We need a real mayor that the city employees can look up to, not some kid on a IPhone and not in his office.

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Stackrat

Apr-20-13 2:14 PM

How about this? You vote for who you think is best, and I'll do the same. Now stop telling us how to think and go cash your benifit check.

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paperman

Apr-20-13 4:30 PM

No one is telling you how to think. Some of us do not want the man re-elected. Expressing our opinion and last I heard, we still have freedom of speech in this country.

I don't know who you were referring to about a benefit check, but I have been employed since I was 16, still employed and will be until I get too old to work.

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Stackrat

Apr-21-13 10:25 AM

There is a difference between expressing ones opinion and trying to slander someone. To begin with,you could start your statements with "in my opinion".

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