Kathy Sheehan

Key Facts

Party Democrat
Status Incumbent

Background

Sheehan was born outside Chicago and raised in the Midwest. She is one of six children. Sheehan earned a bachelor of science degree in journalism from Bowling Green State University in 1985 and a Juris Doctor from the Albany Law School. She worked in the Albany office of Bond, Schoeneck & King after graduating from law school and in 1996 took a position to the Intermagnetics General Corporation in Latham, New York. Sheehan was criticized in 2017 by Bishop Edward Scharfenberger for supporting and attending a rally for Planned Parenthood despite being Roman Catholic. Sheehan and her husband Bob married in 1992, adopted a son named Jay, and purchased a house in the Arbor Hill neighborhood in 2018. She has served as mayor since 2014. Prior to her role as Mayor of Albany, she was the City Treasurer from 2010-2013.

Key Issues

Public Safety

Mayor Sheehan supports community policing. She wants to continue what she is doing (allowing police officers to exercise discretion when dealing with low level offenders and divert them to services they need such as mental health and away from the criminal justice system).

Budget

Mayor Sheehan wants to ensure that Albany receive its fair share of state aid. She wants to put her administration on the path towards a sustainable fiscal future.

Economy

Mayor Sheehan has started the creation of the Albany Skyway which she plans on continuing. She also received a million dollar grant from the Attorney General’s Office to tackle blight in the city. She plans to construct new playgrounds in the city as well. Mayor Sheehan also plans on the continued investment in small businesses and in black and minority-owned businesses.

Policing

Mayor Sheehan has delivered the recommended police reforms from the public to the Common Council and will be working alongside the council to implement a series of reforms.

Endorsements

EMILY’s List, the New York League of Conservation Voters, Sierra Club, CapitalWomen

Sources

Kathy Sheehan
WAMC
Spectrum Local News
WAMC