Man makes sign to support Gloversville police chief

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The mayor of Gloversville says he will have an announcement Tuesday on the police chief’s future.

As NewsChannel 13 was the first to tell you, Mayor Vincent DeSantis asked for the chief’s resignation after the police department helped 13 Investigates to shed light on the city’s opioid crisis.

The mayor was not happy about those stories, saying they depicted Gloversville as a “crime-ridden community” and nothing else.

DeSantis tells us Chief Anthony Clay is “working from home.” He told us last week that “he was taking some time off.”    

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As we’ve mentioned, a lot of people in Gloversville support the chief. They’ve told us this during interviews, emails and many, many Facebook comments.

Now, even signs are getting made. There is one that says, “Gloversville. Mayor – resign! Police chief – run for mayor!”

It was put up Sunday by Daryl Baldwin. He says he saw our stories on the opioid crisis in Gloversville, and he felt inclined to show his support for clay.

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“That was kind of a tongue-and-cheek pun to say that he should be opposing the mayor because he’s in the right here,” he said. “Even my next door neighbor lost his girlfriend to an overdose a couple of years ago. It’s so close to home around here that it’s daily, almost.”

We asked mayor DeSantis, if he’s reconsidering his decision, but he’s still remaining tight-lipped, as no official response on the chief’s position has come out.

“I really can’t say anything right now. We’re working on all of that. There’s has been no determination made at all. These things are just personnel matters that are conversations we are having,” he said.