Less than two weeks before primary day, the Albany Democratic mayoral candidates were back on the dais last night, fielding questions on issues unaddressed in previous forums. For the first time, they were joined by Green Party candidates.
Tuesday represents another mile-marker for citywide races in Albany: June 6th, when candidates begin building their petitions. Among those gathering signatures - the incumbent mayor and her latest challenger.
The perception of Albany as a sheltering place for the undocumented began around 2009 and has continued through the present day. There has been ongoing debate over whether or not Albany is a “Sanctuary City.”
Albany Common Council member Frank Commisso Jr. recently tossed his hat in the ring in a bid to capture the Democratic Party’s mayoral nomination. The son of the County Legislature’s majority leader, Commisso joins a field already featuring Common Council President Carolyn McLaughlin and Green Party hopeful Dan Plaat. First-term Democratic incumbent Kathy Sheehan has not yet announced a reelection bid. Commisso sat down Wednesday with WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas.