Mayor Kathy Sheehan

New York News
3:40 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

Rebuild NY Now Visits Albany City Hall

Albany County Executive Dan McCoy takes the podium at Albany City Hall as elected officials and business representatives look on.
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A Group lobbying to 'Rebuild NY Now' with state windfall funds brought its campaign to Albany Monday.  Rebuild NY Now is a coalition with a mission: to raise public awareness about the issues impacting New York State's infrastructure, with its eye on $5 billion - described as "unexpected cash" - a “windfall” of revenue from recent settlements against overseas banks to pay for infrastructure upgrades.

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Capital Region News
12:44 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

Albany, Troy Councils Act On 2015 Budgets

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On deadline day, the Albany Common Council passed Mayor Kathy Sheehan’s 2015 budget last night. The proposed $176 million budget was approved by an 11-4 margin. But across the river, city councilors in Troy chose not to bring an amended spending plan to a vote last night.

Albany's budget comes with a 1.4 percent tax hike for taxpayers. It stays under the 2 percent cap, so homeowners will get a full rebate through Governor Cuomo’s tax cap initiative.

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Capital Region News
8:22 am
Tue December 2, 2014

A Night Of Action On Albany And Troy Budgets

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The Albany Common Council passed Mayor Kathy Sheehan’s 2015 budget last night. The proposed $176 million budget was approved by an 11-4 margin after some stumbles last week when the Council tabled the vote. The meeting closed a $15 million budget deficit by making more than $5 million in recurring cuts. The mayor’s first budget was approved on deadline day.

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Capital Region News
10:38 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

Albany Budget Passes

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Tonight, the City of Albany Common Council passed Mayor Kathy Sheehan’s first city budget, a proposed $176 million budget for 2015.

“This is a fiscally responsible budget that controls taxes, prioritizes public safety, and invests in the future of all our neighborhoods,” Mayor Sheehan said, “and I’d like to thank the Common Council for working together and their overwhelming support of the budget.”

The budget was passed by an 11-4 margin.

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Capital Region News
12:03 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

Albany, Troy Down To The Wire In Budget Processes

In early October, the mayors of Albany and Troy released their 2015 budget proposals. The road from introduction to enactment has been a rocky one for both municipalities.

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Capital Region News
4:58 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

Albany Firefighters Ratify Agreement With Mayor

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Albany Firefighters have overwhelmingly ratified an agreement its leadership negotiated with Mayor Kathy Sheehan that would maintain full-staffing and apparatus, including the South End-based Ladder 1. 

Firefighters Union president Bob Powers says his group worked cooperatively with the city to identify ways to recover costs for critical advance life support services and ensure minimum staffing levels across Albany.

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Capital Region News
2:12 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Community Chat: Making Albany More Just And Equitable

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How do you make a city more just and equitable? Begin  with a "community conversation".

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Capital Region News
12:34 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

The Rescue Of Ladder 1

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It is being hailed  as a "win-win" for citizens and government: the final curtain in Albany's "battle to save Ladder 1." 

In an effort to balance her 2015 budget, Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan proposed shaving a million dollars in annual expenses by eliminating Ladder 1 from service in the South End, where it would be first responder to any oil train disaster. Firefighters and their union were up in arms.   "The South Station will remain open."   

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Capital Region News
2:58 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Albany Firefighters Public Appeal: Save Ladder 1

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Albany firefighters, incensed over Mayor Kathy Sheehan's budget proposal that would eliminate Ladder 1, have kicked their public awareness campaign to save the company up a few notches.

On October 1st, Mayor Sheehan released her 2015 spending plan for the city. Her plans to shutter Ladder 1, located near the Port of Albany and neighborhoods bordering tracks used by "oil trains," did not go over well with firefighters.

The firefighters, who last year responded to more than 22,000 calls for help, fear taking Ladder 1 out of service will imperil the entire city.

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Capital Region News
3:29 pm
Thu October 9, 2014

Playland Sold; Moving To Albany

The train makes one last trip at Hoffman's Playland prior to the park's relocation in Albany.
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What some feared was the end of a 62-year tradition is having a new beginning. Hoffman's Playland, a suburban fixture that fell victim to development, is getting a new lease on life — in the heart of Albany’s gritty warehouse district. 

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