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City renews $36K contract to promote Gloversville

GLOVERSVILLE — The city is renewing its relationship with an Albany-based lobbying firm to promote Gloversville.

The Common Council decided Tuesday night at City Hall to renew its agreement with Bolton-St. Johns LLC to provide lobbying services. The new contract at $3,000 per month is retroactive to May 1 and runs through April 30, 2022.

“The year-long contract is up and is being renewed,” said Mayor Vincent DeSantis.

According to the document, Bolton-St. Johns will provide the city of Gloversville “legislative and regulatory representation” in New York state. Authorization may be terminated at any time upon 30 days notice by either party.

“They have been very beneficial,” DeSantis said of the lobbying firm.

The mayor said the firm has helped especially in the application process for grants.

Fifth Ward Councilman Jay Zarrelli said that any ideas from council members on subjects the firm can lobby for on behalf of Gloversville can also be parceled out “individually” to the firm.

“It has resulted in a lot of benefit to the city,” DeSantis said of the lobbying relationship.

The city first contracted with lobbying firm Bolton-St. Johns in April 2019 in hopes of boosting the city’s profile in the state and making its grant funding applications more competitive. DeSantis last year pointed to the lobbying firm as helping the city to build a relationship with the state Division of Housing and Community, where the city’s grant writer was trying to establish a first-time home buyers program.

In other business, the council approved an ordinance modifying a section of the City Code pertaining to special events to update the fee schedule and include fee and insurance waiver requests.

A resolution was also approved authorizing the demolition of the former Glencoe Leather at 7 Glenwood Ave. The city wants to tear it down due to public safety threats caused by severe structural issues.

The resolution states that Pareene Contracting Inc. has submitted a bid of $85,000 for the demolition of the former Glencoe Leather building. The Fulton County Board of Supervisors has approved the reduced tipping fees at a rate of $25 per ton. Money for the job will come from a city economic development account.

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