GLOVERSVILLE - Sixth Ward Councilman Wrandy Siarkowski told Mayor Dayton King during a council meeting Tuesday he should resign if he's dissatisfied with the mayoral salary and cannot work full time as mayor.
"The citizens elected a person to fill the full-time management position, not a cellphone," said Siarkowski.
King said he respected Siarkowski's opinion but has no plans to resign.
Gloversville 6th Ward Councilman Wrandy Siarkowski, left, speaks during Tuesday’s council meeting. At right is Councilman Jay Zarrelli.
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"I've been accountable to the constituents, to the people who have elected me to this office," King said.
After hearing the mayor on a local radio show, Siarkowski said he was upset with the mayor's public complaints about council members and the mayoral salary, which is $41,034 this year.
Regarding his salary, King said after Tuesday's meeting, "I'm not complaining about it, I'm just finding other ways to offset the salary."
Earlier this year, the mayor started a second job as an insurance account manager for Mang Insurance at the company's Gloversville office.
The city ethics committee reviewed the employment arrangement and determined no conflict of interest. Mang has insurance policy agreements with the city. As an account manager for Mang, King is working with municipalities, schools and fire districts, according to the company.
"It's time to explain to the taxpayers who elected you as a full-time mayor what your hours are at Mang Insurance and at City Hall. You can't be in two places at the same time," Siarkowski said.
Siarkowski also said, "As the full-time mayor of this city and also as CEO of this city, you should be in City Hall during regular daytime business hours taking care of city business."
The mayor said he feels even if he does present a set schedule of hours, it still will not be good enough for some people. He said the mayor's job is not an 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. job.
"I don't know there's anything I can do to satisfy some people," King said.
On the radio show, Siarkowski said, the mayor agreed with John Reich, the host of the show, when Reich stated the idea of the city possibly changing to a city manager form of government is a power grab by the council.
Siarkowski said looking into the city manager form of government is no power grab, and the council is trying to move the city forward and improve its financial situation.
According to Siarkowski, King stated on the radio show the council disregards his ideas because some members don't like him. Siarkowski on Tuesday told the mayor his ideas are rejected based on merit, not because of personal reasons.
King said the council doesn't come back with alternative solutions.
City 2nd Ward Councilman Art Simonds said he thought Siarkowski was emotional about the situation after hearing the mayor on the radio.
"I don't think the mayor should resign," Simonds said.