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Albany mayor sworn-in for second term

January 01, 2018 04:00 PM

ALBANY - The first female mayor of Albany is now also the first female mayor of Albany to be sworn in for a second term. A crowded City Hall played host to the ceremony Monday morning.

Mayor Kathy Sheehan took the oath of office along with 15 Common Council members, including Council President Corey Ellis.

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"We have some challenges facing us, yes we do," he admitted. "Those challenges are opportunities to move the city forward and grow the city in the image we want it to be," Ellis told the crowd.

For her part, Mayor Sheehan looked back on what she considered the city's major accomplishments of the past four years -- correcting the zoning code, improving Madison Avenue, rebuilding parks and completing infrastructure projects.

For the next four years, she referenced talk from the campaign about putting 787 underground and how it sparked a different idea.

"I'm a pragmatist, so I say let's start with an exit ramp. So we're going to look forward to taking one of the exit ramps and turning it into a linear park that will carry us not only across to the riverfront and give us more access to the riverfront, but create new space for us to enjoy as a community," theorized Sheehan.

Her big plan is to create what she calls a city where every neighborhood works.

"Imagine that. I know it doesn't sound flashy. It's not a big shiny thing," acknowledged Sheehan. "How profoundly would it change our city if every neighborhood were a place where regardless of your income, you were safe, you had good, quality housing, you had access to good jobs and your children received a great education. If this vision can be accomplished anywhere. It is here."

Also sworn in Monday morning were City Treasurer Darius Shahinfar and Chief City Auditor Susan Rizzo.

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