In an historic moment, the City of Albany has elected Kathy Sheehan as the city’s first new mayor in 20 years and its first female mayor ever. Sheehan will replace beloved Mayor Jennings, whose two-decade tenure was the second-longest in the history of the city.
Democrat Kathy Sheehan won Tuesday’s election by a wide margin against republican opponent Jesse Calhoun, Green Party and Conservative candidates.
Here are a few facts about our new mayor, Kathy Sheehan:
- Graduated from Albany Law School in 1994
- Currently serves as the City Treasurer and Chief Fiscal Officer
- Endorsed by Governor Cuomo
- Believes in unleashing Albany’s full potential
- Wants to modernize City Hall to increase efficiency
- Passionate about improving Albany’s landfill management
- Desires high-quality education for every child
- Wants to identify & amplify neighborhoods’ strengths
- Prioritizes managing abandoned properties
- Married her husband, Bob in 1992
- Has one son and a long-term Chinese exchange student
- Will be 50 at the time she takes office
A Farewell To A Beloved Mayor:
Mayor Jennings will surely be missed by the Albany voters, who elected him for 5 consecutive terms. Throughout Jennings’ 20 year administration, the Mayor developed initiatives to improve Albany’s infrastructure, revitalize the City’s neighborhoods, implement environmentally sensitive policies, and boost safety for children and adults alike.
Albany has received many awards, like the City Livability award, Public-Private Partnership Program award, and the All-America City designation, each gained under Jennings’ leadership. Though he decided not to seek reelection in 2013, Jennings’ legacy will live on in accomplishments like the development of the Corning Preserve, part of which is now named Jennings Landing, after the mayor himself.