Gloversville mayor facing official misconduct charge

GLOVERSVILLE, N.Y. (NEWS10) – New York State Police arrested the Gloversville mayor on an official misconduct charge.

Police say Dayton King used his position as mayor to access and review personal information on his opponent William Rowback in the race for mayor, who also happened to be a city employee.

King is accused of releasing that information on air during a debate on a local radio station.

Police said the 39-year old turned himself in at the Mayfield state barracks where he was processed and released. He then posted a video on his Facebook page reacting to his arrest.

King claimed the information was public record and played a clip from the debate.

“Anybody can FOIL that information, personnel file,” he said in the video. “As long as it’s not medical or any HIPPA violations, that’s a public file.”

He said Rowback pressured him to release the personal information he had during the debate.

“This is how it came to be,” he said. “The information from his personnel was discussed on-air through his insistence not because of anything I said or did.”

Rowback released the following statement:

“It is now 100% clear that Mayor Dayton King won this election by breaking the law. Mayor King abused his position and used my confidential personnel file for political points. Mayor Dayton King should resign.

Furthermore, Jason Subik, from the talk of the town radio program, had this information, was urged to report fairly on it and did not do so and in failing to do so, proved his politically biased position.”

“He still had no right to go in my file,” Rowback told NEWS10 ABC.

Since Rowback was a member of the fire department, he said it was illegal for King to release information during an election.

“For police, fire and correctional officers, personnel files can only be used for personal advancement or disciplinary actions,” he said.

But he, along with city council member Jay Zarrelli, will let the judicial system do its work.

“If proven guilty, he ought to seriously consider his position, you know, as mayor,” Zarrelli said.

No matter what happens, Rowback is still up for the job.

“On February 8, I put my hat in to be a candidate for mayor; I still want to be mayor,” he said.

King believes the case will work out in his favor. He is due in court later on December 20.

“I’m gonna stay positive,” he said. “I encourage all of my supporters to do the same.”

NEWS10 ABC reached out to King for any other comment. He said his Facebook video was his official statement.

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