By now, letters against the candidacy of Mayor King have highlighted many issues with his performance. While those who only get their information from the mayor’s scrubbed and sanitized Facebook page may minimize, or not even be aware of, these issues, my gut tells me the majority of Gloversville voters want to hear dissenting viewpoints. This time, I’d like to address Mayor King’s failure to plan for Gloversville’s future.
Less than a year after King taking office in 2010, the Fulton and Montgomery County chambers of commerce created a regional business plan designed to improve the economic outlook for both counties, and especially Gloversville, as the largest city in Fulton County. Business leaders hoped local governments would complete the suggested goals over a roughly two-year time period (2011-13). Mayor King, despite being very much aware of the necessity of Gloversville’s participation for the city’s future success, has done nothing with it.
Later, Gov. Cuomo began his regional economic development strategy in which the Mohawk Valley Regional Economic Development Council was formed. Though King’s name appears among the list of Mohawk Valley representatives to the council, in the two years it has existed, King has not focused Gloversville’s efforts on any portion of the strategies developed by citizens and business leaders throughout the region. In fact, he has talked about everything from blight control, to comprehensive planning to partnering with business without ever taking any successful action in nearly four years.
During this period, Mayor King’s other actions included unnecessary wars with the city of Johnstown over transit and the Fage yogurt plant, his threat to annex land from the town of Johnstown (our partners in developing the Walmart Supercenter), and his seriously detrimental first two budgets containing $1,200,000 in false revenue that could have torpedoed today’s fund balance. His lack of action has caused this city to tread water with regard to its economic development, and his attack-first nature has completely soured relationships with neighboring municipalities.
Dayton King has proven himself unable to translate the well-considered efforts of professionals into a plan for Gloversville’s revitalization. Because of this, I would ask city residents to please consider the candidacy of experienced businessman and former council member James Handy. I am confident that Jim will surround himself with an educated bipartisan team that will work together to move this community forward in partnership with our neighbors.