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Gloversville mayor charged with official misconduct

December 08, 2017 11:16 PM

GLOVERSVILLE - 

The Gloversville mayoral race is over.

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However, fallout continues after the arrest of recently re-elected Mayor Dayton King. 

State police said King used his position as Mayor to obtain the personnel jacket - or employee file - of Gloversville firefighter William Rowback. 

“The only way a city mayor can actually go into my personal file is for promotional or for disciplinary action. That's it not for political gain,” Rowback said.

At the time of the alleged incident King and Rowback were running against each other for mayor.

“The residents of the city of Gloversville need an explanation and if need be an apology,” Rowback said. 

Police said it happened on Oct. 28th when King and Rowback were debating inside of the WENT 1340 AM radio station in Gloversville.

Officials said that’s when King revealed information in Rowback's employee file. 

King is charged with official misconduct 

But in a new Facebook post, he claims Rowback wanted to debate the information in his file on the radio.

“He repeatedly pressures me on live air to discuss information contained in his personnel file,” King said in the post. 

King then played a clip of the debate in the Facebook post. 

“You notice in my personnel file that I applied under every chief about being a fire investigator,” Rowback said. 

Rowback initially won last month's election until the board of elections noticed an error in vote counting and later declared king the winner. 

The latest drama is causing more division stemming from the race. 

“Since he got arrested I don't know if that's the kind of mayor to be trusted in this town,” said Gloversville resident Brian Light. 

“I actually voted for mayor king and I think he's done a decent job,” said Albert Talcott, who is also from Gloversville. 
Rowback still believes he should be mayor.

But he's not calling for King's resignation just yet.

“I'll let the judge take care of that,” Rowback said. 

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