Jennings talks about decision to step aside

Posted at: 05/15/2013 12:29 PM | Updated at: 05/15/2013 5:45 PM
By: WNYT Staff

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Albany Mayor Jerry Jennings talks about his decision to not seek a sixth term in office.

Andrew Murphy / WNYT

ALBANY - Longtime Albany Mayor Jerry Jennings held a news conference Wednesday morning to talk about why he is not running for re-election.

Jennings got emotional at times as he announced he would not be seeking for a sixth term. He said it's been an honor to serve as Albany’s mayor for 20 years.

Jennings entered the room to a round of applause from City Hall staff. Some of them have been with the mayor the whole time he’s been in office.

“I’ve been thinking about this for weeks and really I’ve had a lot of discussions with my close, personal friends, but most importantly my family,” Jennings said.  “You know, I have had a lot of energy and hours and time and a lot things that I’ve missed and my grandkids growing up. I said now’s the time to take a step back, evaluate where you are and where you’re going, and do what’s best. The city will be fine.”

Jennings is 64 years old. He says he’s in good health.

Before first being elected mayor in 1993, Jennings served on the Common Council for 13 years. He also spent 21 years as a teacher and administrator in the Albany City School District.

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