Schenectady County

Housing, police approach high on McCarthy agenda

On the heels of winning re-election, Schenectady Mayor Gary McCarthy said he is looking to continue
Mayor Gary McCarthy and Public Saftey Commissioner Wayne Bennett celebrate after officially winning the race for Schenectady Mayor at the Hibernian Hall on State Street Tuesday, November 3, 2015.
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Mayor Gary McCarthy and Public Saftey Commissioner Wayne Bennett celebrate after officially winning the race for Schenectady Mayor at the Hibernian Hall on State Street Tuesday, November 3, 2015.

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On the heels of winning re-election, Schenectady Mayor Gary McCarthy said he is looking to continue revitalizing neighborhoods and selling houses.

McCarthy, a Democrat, defeated two-time challenger Roger Hull by 730 votes on Election Day. McCarthy said he believes the vote count is a reflection of residents being pleased with his last four years in office.

“It’s a much more balanced result and I did well across the city,” said McCarthy, 59. “I think people had an opportunity to look at the record I have put in place over the last four years, working with the City Council, and we’re comfortable with what we’ve done and happy to be given the opportunity to serve another four years.”

Unofficial results say McCarthy garnered 4,394 votes to Hull’s 3,664. Green Party candidate Michael Welch got 100 votes and there were also 18 write-in votes.

According to the Schenectady County Board of Elections, 709 absentee ballots were issued. Absentees had to be postmarked the day before Election Day and can be received until Nov. 10.

Election commissioners Amy Hild and Darlene Harris said they plan to begin counting the ballots on Nov. 12, with final results expected by the next day.


McCarthy said his focus in his second term will be on continuing foreclosures and providing homeownership opportunities. Also, he is looking to continue the Schenectady Police Department’s data-driven approach to policing.

“It’s working and the finances are much more stable than they were four years ago,” he said. “I’m also giving the city an opportunity to be more innovative moving forward.”

Hull, who challenged McCarthy for mayor in 2011 and lost by only 89 votes, said he was surprised by the outcome and that he is disappointed, not for himself, but for the people in the city.

“I do not think their lives would change for the better,” said Hull, 73, who served as Union College president from 1990 to 2005. “We did not have nearly the Republican turnout we needed and expected. I stand by everything I said in the course of the campaign.”

Hull, who lives in the GE Realty Plot, said he plans to continue working with charities in the city, such as the City Mission, and work to build his nonprofit, the Help Yourself Foundation.

‘Inappropriate’ tweet

The day after Election Day, a tweet was posted in the afternoon from McCarthy’s official Twitter account that read, “So grateful for this #Victory in 2015 and the opportunity for #4MoreYears Hull has no class. What an embarrassment. #SoreLoser”

Hull said he tried to call McCarthy Tuesday night to congratulate him, but he didn’t answer his cellphone.

“I left a voice mail for Gary that night,” he said. “I congratulated him and I hoped he was able to move forward and address the problems I had brought up in the course of the last five months.”

In response to the tweet, Hull said, “The high road is the only road I know and I’ll leave it at that.”

Hull said he does not engage in personal attacks.

“The only things I have said was the double-dipping issue, which is factual, and my belief there is no leadership because there is no vision and no plan,” he said.

McCarthy said he does not manage his own Twitter account and does not know who wrote the tweet.

The tweet was deleted about 15 minutes after members of the media pointed it out Wednesday and replaced with a kinder message.

“We’re very happy with our outcome across the city of Schenectady #Election2015 Proud of our record, will keep the progress moving forward!”

McCarthy said on Thursday the tweet was “inappropriate” and showed “poor judgment.”

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