GLOVERSVILLE, N.Y. — Gloversville Mayor Dayton King was arrested by state police Friday. He was charged with official misconduct, a class A misdemeanor.
Officials say the 39-year-old King used his political position to gain access to information regarding his mayoral opponent, William Rowback, a Gloversville city firefighter. It's alleged that King then used that information during a debate on a local radio station.
"It's nice to see the justice system work," said Rowback, following the announcement of King's arrest.
Rowback says he filed a complaint shortly after the debate. King voluntarily appeared at the Mayfield State Police barracks, where he was processed and released with an appearance ticket.
"He has the ability to look at those files for disciplinary action or promotion, and that's it," Rowback said.
Spectrum News reached out to King, but declined an interview. However, King released a video on Facebook Friday, defending himself. King says Rowback pressured him live on air to releasing that confidential information.
"I have already consulted with my attorney and we remain confident that this case will resolve in a favorable manner," King said.
"I didn't not pressure him to go over to the fire department, the chief's office and look at my file without asking," Rowback said. "On October 28, he brought that information out."
This is the latest development in an election that has witnessed its fair share of controversy, highlighted by voting misconduct that put the results into question last month.
In the meantime, Rowback says it should be up to the court system to decide if King is still fit to be mayor. King is scheduled to return to the Town of Johnstown Court on December 20 at 6 p.m.