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Frank Commissio, Jr. announces bid for Albany Mayor

March 09, 2017 07:23 PM

ALBANY - Commissio, Jr. is in his second term as the 15th Ward Councilman and he told WNYT- NewsChannel13 that he will focus on strengthening communities for Albany's taxpayers and small businesses by creating an environment that will benefit both seniors on fixed incomes while also enticing young people not relocate to other communities.

With regard to Albanys current financial crisis facing a deficit of over $12.5 million dollars, Commisso, Jr. says that should the Governor decide to provide any funding, it should be dedicated towards property tax relief and settling expired labor contracts in the city.

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He spoke of sacrifice among city government workers and feels that one of the ways to find savings will be by capping salaries at $100,000 and not backfilling positions as people retire. 

"We're gonna have to be fair across-the-board on the city management side and actually curb excesses as a relates to salaries and as it relates to contracts. Then we're gonna have to work with our bargaining units as well and I think our employees know that but if there's not a feeling that there's mutual respect in place it's very hard to get the employees to work with you in city government," Commisso, Jr. said.

Mayor Sheehan is out of town on personal business but her Chief of Staff, Brian Shea sent us this statement on her behalf:

"It would be a privilege to serve the residents of Albany for another four years. Right now, she’s focused on securing capital city funding."

Mayor Sheehan has not officially announced her bid for re-election but is expected to.

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