Kathy Sheehan will be Albany’s first female mayor after easily claiming victory in the city’s mayoral race Tuesday night.
The city treasurer, a Democrat, drew 12,369 votes, according to unofficial results posted to the Albany County Board of Elections website Tuesday night. She beat out three challengers, including: Republican Jesse Calhoun, who drew 964 votes; Green Party member Theresa Portelli, who received 665 votes; and Conservative Joe Sullivan, who got 652 votes.
Sheehan will be the capital city’s first new mayor in 20 years. She succeeds Jerry Jennings, a Democrat who served for five terms since 1994.
Her victory was unsurprising in the heavily Democratic city of Albany after she easily won victory in the Democratic mayoral primary over former Councilman Corey Ellis in September. The 49-year-old also had the early backing of Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and U.S. Rep. Paul Tonko, and received an endorsement from Gov. Andrew Cuomo last week.
Sheehan is only the fourth mayor of the city since the 1940s. She graduated from Albany Law School in 1994 and joined Latham-based Intermagnetics General Corporation in 1996. She was elected city treasurer in 2009.
In her first year, Sheehan has said she would like to develop a plan for every vacant and abandoned building in the city, broaden the city’s tax base and bring Albany into the 21st century with new technology at City Hall.