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October 27, 2013

Gloversville residents need a mayor who understands how to help them now, while also planning — and working — for a better future....

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Oct-27-13 8:19 AM

Yes King has proposed a small tax break this year, but you fail to point out that his first budget increased the city tax rate for 9%. Take a real look at the streets and catch basins around the city and explain why these conditions have not been addressed. Also in 2010 he signed a revenue sharing plan with the town of Johnstown and then in this last year stated he was not going to agree with it. This is what the Leader Herald wants for the city of Gloversville GOD help Gloversville.

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Oct-27-13 8:28 AM

Very sadly this editorial may be correct. We need change but I do not believe that King is the answer.

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Oct-27-13 10:29 AM

It is greatly disappointing that your paper has endorsed a man like Dayton king over an honest, moral, truthful man who has served this city for years. In my opinion,Gloversville will be in worse shape than it is now. Look for more lawsuits, grievances filed, fights with the unions and council members, and a waste of even more taxpayer monies.

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Oct-27-13 10:59 AM

I grew up in Gloversville in the 50's and 60's when the City's population was slightly more than the entire population of FC is now. The skin mills here, the carpet mills in Amsterdam..Coleco, Hasbro, Alco, GE, most industry..gone. None of that is or was Gloversville's fault but at this point in time I personally don't see the financial sense in 2 separate yet 'connected' Cities any longer. Consolidation may or may not attract new industry but it might go a long way to keep residents here. Just a former residents opinion.

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Oct-27-13 11:28 AM

Agreed MrBob51. Elect candidates who favor consolidation and have concrete ideas on how this can be accomplished. The roads are not only bad in Gloversville but in the whole county. Consolidate down to 5 to7 districts and form a one county government. How many department of highways do we really need?

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Oct-27-13 12:32 PM

From his own statement in today’s Leader King brands himself as a phony and a liar. (LH) King said taxes would go down in the city next year, and he has already introduced a proposed budget that would lower taxes by nearly 2 percent. (RI) King’s budgets have over estimated revenues on a regular basis. The council would have to make adjustments, therefore making them the “Bad Guys”, when in fact they are acting responsible. (LH) King said he aims to forge a stronger relationship with the city of Johnstown and expressed a desire to have the Gloversville mayor serve on the Fulton County Board of Supervisors. (RI) Does King hope we have all forgot the bad relations he has fostered with the government of the City of Johnstown, one of these fights even had the Governor intervene. King’s constant statements against the Board of Supervisors has created a climate of animosity, making it difficult for city supervisors to accomplish goals for the city.

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Oct-27-13 12:39 PM

CONTINUED (LH) King said he patronizes local businesses and refers residents to them through his Facebook page and will continue to do so. (RI) On King’s Facebook page you will see his promoting as many out of town business as he is Gloversville business. (LH) King said he played an important role in building cooperation between different municipalities "We have to share expenses and revenue to make things work,"…. (RI) Really! How about the revenue sharing agreement he signed then tried to retract? (LH) "I really pride myself on being visible and accessible to anybody," King said. "I'm always available." (RI) Very seldom do you see or reach the mayor at city hall. His availability is on Facebook where he only allows people that are positive to him, all others are “Unfriended”.

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Oct-27-13 12:39 PM

CONTINUED What isn’t mentioned is his shameful treatment of a decorated war hero, with false promises of a job of DPW Director. Mr. King had been told by Civil service that Mr. Hartman didn’t have the necessary qualifications for that position. Yet King appointed him in spite of the law, only to have to disrupt this veteran’s life!

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Oct-27-13 1:34 PM

GPD 4 years without a contract. DPW 3 years without a contract. GFD 1 year without a contract. That means no raises and no increases in health care cost. What will 2015s budget look like? The City needs a leader not someone that has been fired from every job he has had.

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Oct-27-13 2:38 PM

King sells papers due to his immaturity. Thats why the Leader likes him. Handy will be boring. He will help the Council continue to keep the budget low like it has been doing for the past 4 years.

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Oct-27-13 3:03 PM

With today's Leader Herald's endorsement of Mayor King, Mr. Handy just received the greatest political backing possible in this election. Recent history has shown that the Leader Herald's chosen candidate usually is not victorious in the election.

Gloversville resident's have a choice, and it may not be a good choice. The young failed incumbent or the honest old hat. This election will be all about voter turnout. A large voter turnout will result in a new mayor.

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Oct-27-13 4:16 PM

Incredible - But then not expected from a paper that ignored the loss of $3 million to EDC Execs while holding hands with fellow board member and media "Big Fish in a tiny teeny puddle" radio owner. Shameful endorsement. Better to not endorse in this case.

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Oct-27-13 7:11 PM

Voters should make their own decisions, and hopefully not influenced by others, especially endorsements to a certain candidate from a fellow party member. Those endorsements have no creditability. Hopefully we will see change in the town of Broadalbin supervisor after his antics and the way he used the recent town newsletter for political gain.

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Oct-27-13 9:05 PM

Totally unfamiliar with the G'ville political scene....Is there someone who would make a good write-in candidate??

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Oct-28-13 11:32 AM

As a lifetime resident of Gloversville, I could not be more disappointed or ashamed in our local print media than I am reading this editorial. Nearly every time I pick up a copy of the Leader Herald, I think to myself that my college newspaper was more professional and better skilled than these clowns. It is the essence of a small town newspaper, over-run with staff that live in their own opinions. And now our local “media outlet” is actually endorsing a local candidate for public office. This may be a practice of some newspapers across the country, but it is the direct opposite of true journalism and a disgrace to the newspaper itself. The free media in this country is meant to distribute unbiased facts and information to the people, let us come to our own conclusions, and not become part of the story itself. However, every time I picked up a copy of this backwards newspaper, I find myself reading someone else’s opinion attempting to sway me one way or the other.

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Oct-28-13 11:33 AM

..continued..It is almost comical at this point. For ANY media outlet in this nation to directly endorse any candidate for public office is a joke and they should be called out for it by the people.

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Oct-28-13 11:47 AM

rmccloskey45, so newspapers shouldn't endorse candidates???? Does that include the New York Times and the Washington Post ????? or just small town papers??

I moved away 40 years ago, so which ever candidate is endorsed by this paper is not of real concern to me, I have no skin in this game. That said, an editorial endorsement is an opinion and the newspaper's staff has the right to make their opinions known.

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Oct-28-13 12:09 PM

You must lack any real knowledge of true journalism and the purpose of the media. I may not disagree with the article, however for a staff member of a newspaper to throw their opinions onto its readers "because they can," is as wrong as it gets. They are in their given position to properly inform the public, not to have a platform to spread their opinion.

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Oct-28-13 12:14 PM

Your lack of knowledge does not surprise me, its is the era of ignorance and partisanship. However, that does not either one correct.

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Oct-28-13 12:16 PM

that does not make either one correct*

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Oct-28-13 12:16 PM

that does not make either one correct*

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Oct-28-13 12:42 PM

Oh, I get it now. The guy endorsed by this newspaper is not your choice so "they" have no right to express theirs. You must be a supporter of Barry Soetoro and his gang

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Oct-28-13 3:08 PM

The media has been influencing elections since Gutenberg started the printing press. They do it overtly or covertly and not much can be done except don't buy it. I would rather they come right out and say who they support rather than try to say they are unbiased. The last true journalist that wanted only the facts and not the slant died a long time ago. They may tell you differently in journalism college but remember they have an agenda also. Just follow the money, it tells all.

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Oct-29-13 8:20 AM

The LH just showed how ignorant of the facts it is, I would think the LH would do as all other papers do, find the truth and bring it to the masses. All that has happened, lawsuits, misuse of public funds, giving grant money back, and all the other problems that the LH admits and it still endorses him, well past experience says wqhoever the LH endorses loses the election, so Mr Handy should be thanking the LH for the kiss of defeat they just laid on king.

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Oct-29-13 8:54 AM

drugs? Predictable? here's something that's predictable: anyone that disagrees with you or calls you out you will label a liberal and a Barry supporter within the hour

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