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Mayor King starts term, explains goals

January 2, 2014
By LEVI PASCHER , The Leader Herald

GLOVERSVILLE - Mayor Dayton King, who was sworn in for his second term Wednesday, said he plans to improve communication and encourage the sharing of services with other municipalities.

King was sworn in by City Court Judge Traci DiMezza before dozens of family and friends. He is the first Gloversville mayor in more than 40 years to start serving a second consecutive term.

"We are a city in transition," King said during the meeting. "We have made much progress despite our challenges, and I have confidence for our future. We decide, you and I, where we go from here. I say we go forward and take our city from good to great."

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Gloversville Mayor Dayton King stands by his wife, Chanda, and his children as he is sworn in by City Court Judge Traci DiMezza during a meeting Wednesday.
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The mayor said the big things he will try to address in his second term are communication and collaboration within the city and other municipalities, and the sharing of services with other localities to reduce costs.

During his state of the city speech, King said he's looking forward to completing the master plan for the city, which will serve as a blueprint for the city.

"With a solid plan in place, we can move forward with economic growth, improving recreation opportunities for all and preserving public services and safety in our city," King said.

He said at the end of 2013, the city had about $4 million in the general fund, and the credit rating has increased three times over the past few years, all while debt continues to decrease.

"Despite having too high of a tax rate, we are financially sound," King said. "I'd like to continue chipping away at our property tax rate the way we did this year and make small decreases in the rate each year."

However, he said, the only way the city can do this is to look at its expenses and services "very objectively" and decide which ones the city should keep, decrease or modify. He said the city needs to continue to be aggressive in seeking new businesses.

The mayor also talked about the issue of blight.

"I'm confident that through being proactive and being tough with penalties, we can decrease the amount of city code violations we see moving forward," King said.

The last mayor to be re-elected to consecutive terms was Richard H. Hood, who served from 1962-69. Hood's family members attended Wednesday's meeting.

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 in November. King, a Republican, won the the general election over James Handy, an independent.

Wednesday's meeting also included the swearing-in of Councilman-At-Large James Robinson, who was re-elected in November.

After the meeting, Robinson said he is pleased to serve another term and is looking forward to working with the mayor, various department heads and the council.

"Today was great because two families got together as one to move forward with our ultimate goal, which is to better Gloversville," Robinson said. "I will look to work with the commissioner, the council and the mayor to do what we can to make things better for the citizens of the city."

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.

Levi Pascher covers Gloversville news. He can be reached at lpascher@leaderherald.com.

 
 

 

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