Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan, Saratoga Springs Mayor Joanne Yepsen and Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren — all new officeholders — participated Wednesday in an Albany Law School forum called “Leading a New Era in City Government: Women Mayors of Upstate New York.”
The public event at the school’s Dean Alexander Moot Courtroom gave attendees a personal glimpse into not only the day-to-day challenges faced by the three Democrats and their municipalities, but also their individual governing styles and the paths they took to leadership.
Recalling his days as an upstate New York college student, Vice President Joe Biden says it seemed back then that companies like Kodak, Bausch and Lomb and Xerox would go strong forever. But at a community college campus Wednesday, he said times and jobs have changed, and pushed for educational programs that train students for today's higher tech jobs.
Biden's remarks came during a visit to Monroe Community College with his wife, Dr. Jill Biden, a community college professor, along with State University Chancellor Nancy Zimpher and Education Commissioner John King Jr. in tow.
The public information officer for Rochester's new mayor says her driver was traveling at more than 80 mph when pulled over by a state trooper on the Thruway while heading to Gov. Andrew Cuomo's State of the State speech last week.
Christine Christopher, spokeswoman for Lovely Warren, tells the Times Union of Albany that Reggie Hill was "exceeding 80" when he was pulled over last Wednesday in a 65-mph zone on Interstate 90 in the Mohawk Valley while driving the mayor to Albany. Hill wasn't ticketed.
On Tuesday Gov. Andrew Cuomo held the districts up as models for the rest of the state, while promising them $12 million in competitive grants over the next three years.
Rochester is the biggest winner, receiving $4.5 million for identifying $9.5 million in savings. Newburgh and Kenmore-Tonawanda will each get $3.6 million for finding nearly $6 million in savings and Queensbury is being awarded $561,000 for finding $624,000 in savings.