Albany Mayor Announces Bid for Reelection

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan announced her bid for reelection.

She is pointing out Albany's progress during her current term in areas such as safety, diversity, and economic development.

Among her supporters are U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, U.S. Congressman Paul Tonko, and Common Councilman Corey Ellis, who Sheehan beat in the last mayoral race.

One supporter, speaking with News Channel 13 WNYT, says she will provide passion and dedication to the position.

"She's going to listen, you've got someone down there at City Hall that is going to listen."

Opponent and Common Council President Carolyn McLaughlin is taking a different approach, telling WNYT that job growth needs more attention.

"If the people can work, then they can buy products, then they can pay taxes, then they can stabilize their neighborhoods."

Ellis hopes to replace McLaughlin as Common Council President.

Also running against Sheehan is September's primary Common Councilman Frank Commisso Jr., who told WNYT that the bid would not have been possible without the state funding, though he believes the $12.5 will not be enough.

"Certainly, the city needs more state aid, and we need a multi-year agreement to get additional state aid; we received that back in the year 2000, and it stretched out over many decades."

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