Mayor Kathy Sheehan is in her second term as Albany, New York’s 75th mayor. Mayor Sheehan has dedicated her administration to creating a City of opportunity, leading with a commitment to equity and responsive government that includes diverse community voices.
Under Mayor Sheehan’s leadership, the City adopted its first new zoning code in more than half a century, secured unprecedented new State aid, became the third City in the U.S. to implement Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion, which provides alternatives to arrest for certain non-violent offenders, and secured millions of dollars in funding for workforce development. She also invested in new IT systems, created an Innovation Office, and implemented numerous cost-saving initiatives that improved the City’s bond rating and held the line on taxes.
Mayor Sheehan also launched a new $1 million vacant building rehabilitation program and $1.5 million poverty reduction initiative, renovated more than a dozen parks across Albany, revamped the award-winning Summer Youth Employment Program, implemented traffic calming initiatives to make Albany’s streets safer for pedestrians and cyclists alike, and led the steady transformation of the City’s downtown into a new urban neighborhood.
Kathy served a four-year term as Albany’s Treasurer prior to being elected mayor, implementing changes to improve the City’s fiscal policies and overhauling the City’s parking ticket system.
Having grown up in a large family that valued hard work and community service, Kathy put herself through college, earning a bachelor’s degree in journalism at Bowling Green State University. After a five-year career in communications, Kathy attended Albany Law School on an academic scholarship, graduating magna cum laude in 1994.
Before serving in elected office, Kathy was the vice president, general counsel, and corporate secretary of a publicly-traded medical device manufacturer.
Kathy and her husband Bob have a son and are committed community members, having served as board members for a number of community-based organizations.