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Ponticello considering Gloversville mayoral run in 2013

Thursday, December 13, 2012
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— The supervisor representing Gloversville’s Fifth Ward said he is interested in running for mayor next November.

Republican Michael Ponticello is one of several people considering a run for the four-year post but his name is the first to surface publicly.

“I am considering it. I have had some conversations with people I trust and wanted their feedback,” he said. “I have not made a final decision yet. I will decide in the early spring.”

Dayton King is the sitting mayor. He is a Republican but ran for mayor as an independent after losing the Republican primary. He did not respond to a request for comment Thursday on whether he would seek re-election to a second term. Robin Wentworth, chairwoman of the Gloversville Democratic Committee, also was not available for comment.

Ponticello, 59, said he has to weigh whether to seek re-election to a second two-year term on the Fulton County Board of Supervisors or run for mayor. For either position, he would need to circulate nominating petitions and obtain the Republican Party’s endorsement.

Susan King, chairwoman of the Gloversville Republican Committee, said the committee will hold its first meeting of 2013 in January. She said it is too early in the process for her to comment on a party endorsement. “There are a lot of names being bandied about in public. It is too early, but a lot of people said they are interested. They have to get petitions, which are out in June,” she said.

Three years ago, King lost to Jo-Ann Clear in a Republican primary for the GOP line in the mayoral race. But he ran as an independent in the general election and beat Clear, Democrat Judy Marcoux and Conservative Dirk Myers.

Ponticello served 35 years as an educator in the Gloversville Enlarged School District. He worked as a coach, teacher and lastly as principal of McNab/Meco Elementary School, retiring in 2010.

“I have had a great career in Gloversville and I have a great loyalty to the community. As mayor, I would have more impact in the decisions made about our community and I feel my background allows me to do that,” he said.

Ponticello first entered politics when he was elected as a trustee for the Gloversville library; last year, he ran for supervisor for the first time. He is on the boards of the Gloversville Little League and the Gloversville Senior Citizen Center.

He is also facing some legal trouble.

On Oct. 9, Johnstown police charged Ponticello with driving while intoxicated and operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol content of 0.08 percent or more. He crashed his vehicle into a utility pole, the police report stated. The case is yet to be resolved.

Ponticello is contrite about the arrest. “I apologized to my community and I know I made a terrible mistake and will let the justice system take its course,” he said. “Everybody has made mistakes. We are human and I will have to deal with it.”

Republicans number 3,141 in the city while Democrats total 2,444 and nonaffiliated voters total 1,298.

 
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