This post is in response to the Times Union’s editorial regarding Albany’s recent $1M grant awarded by the New York State Attorney General to combat blight and revitalize our neighborhoods.

The Inaugural Deep Dive Block Program — August 26, 2019

In a stunningly naïve and factually deficient editorial, the Times Union has tried to turn a huge win for Albany into an opportunity to disparage the very department responsible for turning around our fight on blight in the city. Albany was one of only two cities in the state to win the maximum grant possible under the Attorney General’s Cities RISE program.

Over the past year, the city engaged in a multi-disciplinary, intensive effort to identify the many causalities of blight and develop strategies to address these causalities. Thanks to Cities RISE, we were able to tap into resources at…


The Times Union declined my request to publish this response to the October 15th opinion column written by Chris Churchill. I’m publishing it here so the public can better understand the efforts of my administration to reverse decades of disinvestment in Albany’s South End.

In his recent column regarding Board of Elections officials balking at the idea of moving to the County-owned Department of Motor Vehicles building, columnist Chris Churchill asserted that he hadn’t “heard” of ideas put forward by my administration to reverse decades of disinvestment in Albany’s South End. Had he given me the courtesy of calling before writing, here is what he would have learned:

Since I took office in 2014, the South End has benefited from more than $77 million of investment. These investments include:

· $40.3 million in the Historic Pastures — creating 246 quality affordable housing units for…


The Times Union Editorial Board declined my request to publish this response to their June 12th editorial. I’m publishing it here so the public can better understand the city’s efforts to keep residents and visitors safe.

I write in response to the Times Union editorial condemning me and the city of Albany for sending a bill to the Poor People’s Campaign. The editorial seems premised on the idea that the city should determine who does and does not need a permit to protest on city property based on whether we agree with the content of their speech — something that is both unconstitutional and antithetical to a free and just society.

As the Capital of New York, our city is an epicenter for free speech. We welcome it and we accommodate protests of all kinds on…


League of Conservation Voters, Sierra Club back Sheehan for a second term

The New York League of Conservation Voters and the Sierra Club have voted to endorse Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan for re-election.

Both groups cited the significant progress made under the leadership of Mayor Sheehan toward making Albany a more environmentally friendly and sustainable city.

“I’m honored to have such strong support from our environmental community,” said Mayor Sheehan. “I remain committed to a pro-environment agenda and look forward to bringing four more years of progress on these issues to the City of Albany.”


PEF, NYSNA, CWA, Carpenters, Plumbers & Steamfitters, and Teamsters lend support

ALBANY, N.Y. (Aug. 30, 2017) — — Albany Mayor Kathy M. Sheehan announced today that her campaign has received endorsements from multiple labor unions ahead of Labor Day weekend.


Participation in the Conservancy’s Working Woodlands Program will safeguard clean drinking water for the City of Albany, protect critical forests, and generate revenue.

ALBANY, NY — Mayor Kathy Sheehan announced on Tuesday a new carbon agreement between The Nature Conservancy, the City of Albany Water Department, and the Albany Water Board. The agreement to participate in The Nature Conservancy’s Working Woodlands Program will help to safeguard clean drinking water for the City of Albany, protect critical forests, and generate revenue by marketing carbon credits to a voluntary carbon market.

This carbon agreement with The Nature Conservancy marks a significant step…


Report highlights progress made under Mayor Sheehan

We’ve been working hard every day to put the City of Albany on the path toward a sustainable fiscal future, and our work is paying off.

In 2016, New York State hired the consulting firm Public Financial Management (PFM) to analyze the City of Albany’s finances and to help identify potential cost saving measures.

PFM has released its report — and it validates the work we’ve done over the last three and a half years to improve Albany’s finances.

PFM wrote in its report: “First, since taking office in 2014, Mayor Sheehan has recruited a strong corps of senior personnel…


Group praises City’s strong financial management

We’ve been working hard every day to put the City of Albany on the path toward a sustainable fiscal future, and that work is paying off.

Last week, Standard and Poors (S&P) upgraded the City of Albany’s economic outlook and praised the City’s strong financial management.

S&P wrote in its report: “We view the city’s management as strong, with “good” financial policies and practices.”

This news comes on the heels of the successful FairShare4Albany Campaign — where we secured $12.5 million in new aid for the City of Albany.

The plan we put into place over three and a half years ago is working and making our City stronger.

Let’s keep moving forward together.

Email Volunteer@SheehanForAlbany.com to get involved in our campaign and bring four more years of progress to Albany.


Ellis: “Sheehan deserves a second term to continue to bring Albany to new heights.”

Albany Common Council Presidential Candidate Corey Ellis and Albany Mayor Kathy M. Sheehan (photo credit: Sheehan campaign)

ALBANY, N.Y. (April 17, 2017) — — Albany Mayor Kathy M. Sheehan has officially endorsed former Albany Common Councilmember Corey Ellis as the next Common Council President.

Ellis, who also vied for the Democratic nomination for Mayor in 2013, also endorsed Sheehan, saying “(Mayor Sheehan) deserves a second term to continue to bring Albany to new heights.”

“I am thrilled to support our next Common Council President, Corey Ellis. Our support for one another demonstrates what civility in politics looks like. We both love our city…


Napier named as campaign manager

Albany Mayor Kathy M. Sheehan announces re-election campaign for second term on Saturday, April 8, 2017 (photo credit: Cindy Schultz)

ALBANY, N.Y. (April 10, 2017) — Albany Mayor Kathy M. Sheehan has named former Assemblymember Jack McEneny and City School District of Albany Board Member Vickie Smith as co-chairs of her re-election campaign.

“Jack and Vickie — who embody the diversity of our city’s fabric and its history — will help guide my re-election campaign as we continue the progress we started four years ago to move Albany forward to its next great chapter,” said Mayor Sheehan.

McEneny served twenty years in the New York State Assembly, representing Albany. He has served in numerous roles in government, including as Commissioner…

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