GLOVERSVILLE - City voters returned Mayor Dayton King to office for another four years Tuesday, making him the first incumbent mayor in the city to serve a second consecutive term in more than 40 years.
According to the city website, the last mayor to be re-elected to consecutive terms was Richard H. Hood, when he served from 1962 to 1969.
King, a Republican, easily defeated James Handy in a vote of 1,499 to 899, according to unofficial results.
Gloversville Mayor Dayton King, left, shakes hands with Gloversville Councilman-at-large Jim Robinson at the Glove City Sports Lounge in Gloversville on Tuesday after King won re-election and Robinson appeared to have won re-election.
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"A lot of the city's problem was having a new mayor every four years, and I think the last four years we have been making progress," King said shortly after being declared the winner on election night. "In the next four years, with the right people in the right places, we are going to keep moving forward."
King said taxes will go down in the city next year. He has introduced a proposed budget that would lower taxes by nearly 2 percent.
The mayor said the three big things he will try to address in his second term are communication and collaboration within the city and with other municipalities, as well as the sharing of services to reduce cost.
King said he aims to forge a stronger relationship with the city and town of Johnstown.
King said being available through Facebook and providing his cellphone number has allowed him to interact with residents of the city and be aware of the issues that concern them.
The September primary victories gave incumbent King, 35, the Republican and Conservative ballot lines in the general election. He also was on the independent People's line.
Handy, a former city councilman-at-large, ran in the general election as an independent candidate on the Working for You line.
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publicans and 1,895 registered Democrats.
King graduated from Fulton-Montgomery Community College in 1998 and then graduated from SUNY Oneonta in 2000 with a bachelor's degree in psychology. He has held other jobs since taking office, but he currently is working full time as mayor.
The position of city mayor carries a four-year term and pays a yearly salary of $39,839.
"I'm very thankful the citizens put their faith in me to move this city forward," King said Tuesday night. "I am happy tonight I can go to bed and not have to worry about the absentee ballots. Four years ago, I had to wait over a week, so tonight was much better."
According to the Board of Elections, as of Tuesday, it had received 174 absentee ballots out of the 303 sent and will begin counting those ballots Thursday.
Meanwhile, in the race for councilman-at-large, Republican James Robinson narrowly defeated Democrat Robin Wentworth by 81 votes in a vote of 1,130 to 1,049, but the absentee ballots could change the outcome.
Wentworth was on the ballot on the Democratic and independent Community Roots lines, while Robinson appeared on the Republican line.
"It feels good to be re-elected, and hopefully, the mayor and I can keep the city on the right track and move forward for the citizens of Gloversville," Robinson said this morning. "I just want to remain objective to keep the cost down and keep the talks with town of Johnstown going and still strive to lower our taxes in the city."
Wentworth said this morning she was pleased with how many people voted for her and is still hopeful the absentees will be a factor in the election results.
"It was a good race and we both ran a clean election, so we will see what happens," Wentworth said. "It is a pretty big lead to overcome with absentee ballots, but I will continue to do the job I've been elected to do for Ward 1."
Robinson, 58, graduated from Gloversville High School and works at SUNY Cobleskill as an electrician. He previously worked at the Tryon Residential Facility in Perth. He was previously councilman of Ward 3 before being elected councilman-at-large in 2010.
Robinson previously said he supports consolidation and the sharing of services with surrounding municipalities.
Robinson said going forward, he will look to foster more positive relationships in the city and with the surrounding municipalities.
He said he has been re-elected because he brings leadership and a quality of working well with others to bring the community forward.
The councilman-at-large position has a four-year term and is paid $3,125 per year.
Ethics Board vote
Residents of the city also approved the proposal to change the appointment authority to the Ethics Board from the mayor to council, according to the Board of Elections.
Election officials said the majority voted yes in all of the city wards, but figures were still unavailable as of this morning.
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