Albany mayoral race

 "As long as you have a reason for running, and you have strong stands on the issues, a candidate can do very well." ~ Joe Sullivan
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Democrats have an overwhelming enrollment advantage in the city of Albany, meaning the September 12th mayoral primary is the biggest hurdle for the candidates. But that isn’t scaring off several third-party hopefuls. WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas spoke with Conservative candidate Joe Sullivan about the race, campaigning and the voting process.

The three Democratic candidates for mayor.
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WAMC Northeast Public Radio and WNYT News Channel teamed up to host the first debate among Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan, Common Council President Carolyn McLaughlin and Common Councilor Frank Commisso, Jr. in their Democratic primary campaign for mayor on Thursday at The Linda. The full audio is above. The debate was hosted by Dr. Alan Chartock; panelists included WAMC's Ian Pickus and WNYT's Benita Zahn.

Watch #AlbanyDebate |First Democratic Mayoral Debate

Aug 17, 2017

WAMC/Northeast Public Radio and WNYT NewsChannel 13 will host a live debate among the Democratic candidates for mayor of Albany — Mayor Kathy Sheehan, Common Council President Carolyn McLaughlin, and Common Councilor Frank Commisso Jr. — on August 17th from 8-9 p.m. at The Linda, WAMC's performing arts studio, at 339 Central Ave. in Albany. You can tune in here.

15th Ward Councilman Frank Commisso Jr.
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Some say President Donald Trump's fascination with twitter has led to social media rising as a factor in politics. And that may have trickled down to local races. The Capital Region is no exception.

WAMC/Northeast Public Radio and WNYT NewsChannel 13 will host a live debate among the Democratic candidates for mayor of Albany — Mayor Kathy Sheehan, Common Council President Carolyn McLaughlin, and Common Councilor Frank Commisso Jr. — on August 17 from 8-9 p.m. at The Linda, WAMC’s performing arts studio, at 339 Central Ave. in Albany.

15th Ward Councilman Frank Commisso Jr.
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City Hall is defending itself after Albany Common Councilor and Democratic mayoral candidate Frank Commisso, Jr. called a press conference this morning to focus attention on an independent report regarding city finances.

A second Albany mayoral candidate has released personal income tax returns.

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan is running for a second term.

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Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan is running for a second term.

Sheehan announced her intent to run days after Albany was given $12.5 million to plug a budget shortfall. This time the money is not a spin-up against future funds.

Dan Plaat
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With the incumbent’s candidacy still unclear, another candidate has entered the race for mayor of Albany.

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This week, Albany mayor-elect Kathy Sheehan named leaders of a transition team formed to foster a smooth shift leading to her inauguration on New Year’s Day.

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In upstate New York and beyond, women have been taking more active roles in politics: running in races for elective office and winning them.  Currently, 98 women serve in the U.S. Congress; 78 in the House; 20 in the Senate, including one from New York, one from Massachusetts and two from New Hampshire. Numbers provided by the Center for American Women in Politics further show that the number of women in statewide executive posts is 75. And the proportion of women in state legislatures is about a quarter.

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There’s a new leader for New York's capital city. Kathy Sheehan ushers in a new era as Albany's first woman executive.

Shortly after 10 p.m., 20-year incumbent and outgoing Mayor Jerry Jennings took the podium at the Polish Community Center to thank fellow Democrats. Not considered a close ally of the new mayor-elect, Jennings sent out a call for unity.

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A resounding victory for City Treasurer Kathy Sheehan who takes the baton from the man who ran Albany for the last two decades, Jerry Jennings. Jennings made a brief appearance at the Polish Community Cneter, where Democrats had gathered to wait for election returns. He joked about the fact we was dressed casually, "no suit and tie."

Election Day Is Here

Nov 5, 2013
Kathy Sheehan

Election Day has arrived ... the polls are open ...  most of the races today entail state and city offices and issues... Americans are being urged to get out and make every vote count.  The Mayoral race in Albany will be closely-watched . City Treasurer Democrat Kathy Sheehan is expected to take the election. Those who follow politics will be looking to see which -if any- of Sheehan's 5 challengers are able to capture a significant number of votes.

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Less than three weeks from election day, the candidates vying to replace 20-year Albany mayor Jerry Jennings met Monday evening at the main branch of the Albany Public Library. It marked the first time since WAMC's and the New York League of Conservation Voters’ well-received forum at the Linda back in July that every candidate had a place at a debate.  Nathan LeBron, Chairman of the Hispanic Coalition, moderated the Monday night colloquium.

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Mayor Jerry Jennings' 2014 budget proposal for Albany has elicited reactions from other political figures in the city.

Jennings, nearing the end of his 20-year term, last week unveiled a 171-million dollar spending plan, reflecting a 2-point-4 million dollar reduction in operating expenses from last year's adoptive budget.

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Albany Democrats have spoken. The primary is over, and City Treasurer Kathy Sheehan is well on her way to taking office as the capital city's first female chief executive... 

Albany Democrats have a new sense of momentum - going in a positive direction, if former city councilman and mayoral candidate Corey Ellis' concession speech is any indication. Pre-election polls had already given Kathy Sheehan a large advantage going into Tuesday's primary. Her victory address at the packed Albany Pump Station reflected the anticipation that something new is beginning.

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  City Treasurer Kathy Sheehan is now poised to become the first woman to ascend to the post of Mayor of Albany - Sheehan took the Democratic primary by a substantial margin tuesday night over former Councilman Corey Ellis.  Sheehan is now the presumptive winner of the November general election, due to Albany's heavy Democratic enrollment. A win in the fall would make her the first new mayor after twenty years of Jerry Jennings and the first female mayor in Albany's history.

NY: Primary Day At Last!

Sep 10, 2013

It's off to the polls for Albany Democrats today.

The Capital City's first new mayor in 20 years is expected to be all but decided today. With party enrollment heavy on the Democratic side, observers say whoever takes the primary is the presumptive winner in November. Recent polls show City Treasurer Kathy Sheehan running ahead of former Councilman Corey Ellis on the path to succeed two-decade incumbent Democrat Jerry Jennings.

WAMC political observer Dr. Alan Chartock discusses the potential for a diplomatic solution to the crisis in Syria and primary elections in New York State.

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Saying that the effort will help ensure equal access to the ballot box on election day, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has announced an Election Day hotline designed to help ensure that minority-language voters, people with disabilities and all eligible voters are able to cast "an effective ballot" during the September 10th primary election.

The Attorney General urges voters to call the Office’s Hotline at 800-771-7755

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With what is likely to be a decisive primary just a day away, Democratic Albany mayoral candidates Kathy Sheehan and Corey Ellis are both ready to rumble. Despite Sunday's YNN/Siena poll giving Sheehan front-runner status, Ellis believes he'll make a strong showing.

According to a new YNN/Siena College poll released early  Sunday, there's a clear-cut front runner in the race for Mayor of Albany as the Democratic primary approaches.

The survey shows Albany City Treasurer Kathy Sheehan has a wide lead over Corey Ellis: 68 per cent to 20 per cent.

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A long shot candidate for Albany mayor is leaving the race this hour – but a familiar face is taking his place.

After Steve King of the Albany City Republican Committee challenged the validity of the 1,514 signatures Alexander Portelli collected in order to be on the November ballot, the Libertarian candidate has made a decision to drop out of the race.

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There's a new factor playing a role in the Albany mayoral race: social media.

It has been said that politics puts social networking and communication to the ultimate test.  Libertarian Party candidate Alexander Portelli was the first to toss his hat in the ring.

Republican hopeful Jesse Calhoun hails social media as "both a blessing and a curse."

  Albany is about to elect a new mayor.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York representative Paul Tonko tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that city treasurer Kathy Sheehan has his vote.

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With three weeks until primary day, an Albany mayoral hopeful has unveiled her plan for economic development and job creation, while announcing new labor endorsements.

Saying that "Albany's best days are ahead of us," Democratic mayoral candidate and current City Treasurer Kathy Sheehan held a news conference in front of City Hall Tuesday, noting that since the recession ended in 2009, suburban tax bases have grown while Albany's has shrunk by nearly 7 percent.

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With the September Democratic primary just six weeks away, a new poll suggests Albany voters have a clear choice in mind as to who they believe will best fill the shoes of departing Mayor Jerry Jennings.  

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It has been a busy week in Albany County politics...

For nearly a decade, there's been talk of building a convention center in downtown Albany. In 2004, the Albany Convention Center Authority was established by the state legislature to develop plans for the site. The project was awarded a $75 million grant in 2005. It never got beyond the idea stage.

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