GLOVERSVILLE - On New Year's Day, Mayor Dayton King will be sworn in as the first Gloversville mayor in more than 40 years to start serving a second consecutive term.
"It feels good knowing I've had so much support from my family," King said. "My wife, Chanda, has been great and really encouraged me to get into politics and run for office back in 2009. Both my parents and in-laws have been a part of this as well. It has really been a community effort, and I think the way we have been able to involve the community helped win re-election."
King said he is expecting more than 100 family and friends to be on hand for the swearing-in ceremony during the Common Council's organizational meeting Wednesday.
The last mayor to be re-elected to consecutive terms was Richard H. Hood, who served from 1962-69.
King's four-year term will run from Jan. 1, 2014, to Dec. 31, 2017. King will earn a yearly salary of $41,034.
City voters returned King to office for another four years in November. King, a Republican, won the vote in the general election over James Handy, an independent.
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. He said he'll encourage the sharing of services with other localities to reduce costs.
Wednesday's meeting also will include the swearing-in ceremony for Councilman-At-Large James Robinson.
Robinson, a Republican, defeated Democrat Robin Wentworth - the city's 1st Ward councilwoman - 1,227 to 1,127 in the November election.
The councilman-at-large position carries a four-year term. The salary is $4,375 per year.
Robinson was unavailable for comment about the ceremony.
The mayor said the city will reappoint several people, including Commissioner of Finance Bruce Van Genderen, Deputy Commissioner of Finance Theresa Butkevitch, Department of Public Works Director Kevin Jones, City Attorney Anthony Casale, Transit Director William Walrath, City Clerk Susan Semione and Deputy City Clerk Cindy Ostrander.
In addition to making those appointments Wednesday, the council will authorize the 2014 wages for administrative and non-represented positions.
People also will be appointed to various city boards.
The meeting will start at 11 a.m. in the council chambers at City Hall.
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