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Dayton King keeps Gloversville mayor's chair after recount

Dayton King keeps Gloversville mayor's chair after recount

2 wards' ballots were incorrectly tallied, resulting in election mistake
Dayton King keeps Gloversville mayor's chair after recount
Gloversville Mayor Dayton King.
Photographer: PETER R. BARBER

GLOVERSVILLE — Dayton King will be back for another term, after all — his third as the mayor of Gloversville.

Results from the Nov. 7 election, which had indicated that Republican William Rowback Jr. won the mayoral seat over King, 1,800-1,490, have been deemed to be incorrect. King confirmed Monday morning that he received a phone call from the Board of Elections telling him that errors in the 3rd and 5th wards were responsible for the miscount.

"Lee Hallenbeck, one of the commissioners, called me around 9 and said, 'Hey, I got some news for you,'" said King, speaking Monday from the mayor's office. "He told me that they double-counted in wards 3 and 5, and after a recount, I won. I won by  28 votes."

The recount wasn't prompted by King. He thought he lost the election fairly.

"I had already forwarded Mr. Rowback about 50 emails I thought he should be aware of, and he had gone to a legislative breakfast I would have normally gone to," King said. "The last two weeks the whole transitioning process had been going on. I was telling friends how I only had 42 days left as mayor. It's all very surprising."

It's also very gratifying, said King, who in 2013 was the first Gloversville mayor to be re-elected to his post in 48 years.

"The last three-term mayor was Robert Ramsey back in 1942 to 1953," King said. "The city hasn't had any kind of stability for a long time, so it's great to know we'll be able to keep moving forward and accomplish things. It's awesome to win a third term, and it's a great feeling to know all of my department heads, whose heads were on the chopping block, will still be around. They were good people doing good jobs.

"Our city attorney probably wasn't going to be reappointed. My DPW director probably wasn't going to be reappointed.  Having those key people back is great."

King said he does feel the pain of his opponent, Rowback, a 28-year firefighter with the city. Rowback narrowly defeated King for the Republican party nomination in September, but King remained on the ballot on the Conservative line.

"I feel for Mr. Rowback," King said. "I know all the work he had been doing planning on taking over. I felt terrible for him. He reached out to me today, and I reached out back to him. We haven't talked yet but have exchanged voicemails."

Rowback posted the following on his campaign's Facebook page:

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