As a business owner in Gloversville, I would like to express the importance of electing dedicated and competent individuals to represent us in local government. This is the government that is the closest to us and thankfully, the government we as individuals have the most influence over.
Economic rejuvenation and significant cost savings through consolidation and intermunicipal cooperation are keys to a better future. Our elected representatives must make these their top priorities and stop wasting time on petty political nonsense as we have seen on way too many occasions.
One of these elected officials is Mayor Dayton King, mayor of Fulton County's largest city. He has reduced taxes, appointed well-qualified department heads in police, fire and public works, put a police officer on the main street of Gloversville and improved parks and recreation. He was able to acquire a new fire truck for the city without the need to raise taxes. He has proposed further public safety improvements in his new budget and proposed a nearly 2 percent decrease in city taxes. That is success.
He is working with other municipalities and the county to provide needed infrastructure requirements for growth, and at the same time, assuring that the residents of Gloversville are treated fairly in any of these agreements.
He approaches his job with honesty, openness and candor. He works for all of the people and businesses for a better Gloversville and a better region. He worked quickly along with the planning board to get Burger King a building permit and not let that opportunity slip away with endless red tape.
I also am glad to see Mike Julius running for mayor of Johnstown. I do not know either of his opponents, but I have known Mike since high school. His clear-thinking intelligence makes him a viable candidate, and I know he has a spirit of cooperation and a pro-growth attitude that can only help our area. His successful business experience proves his ability to deal with complex multi-interdependent issues.
When we go to the polls, we should all reflect upon the last four years and ask ourselves who has been progressive and who has been either "invisible" or an obstructionist. There are no silver bullets, but there are candidates who work for us and not for headlines.
We have a job to do to elect the best possible leaders.
SCOTT M. HORTON