Government Law Center

Leading a New Era in City Government: Women Mayors of Upstate New York


Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Reception to follow (registration required)


Mayor Kathy Sheehan '94

Kathy Sheehan ’94, Albany, Lovely Warren ’03, Rochester, and Joanne Yepsen, Saratoga Springs, all newly elected mayors of cities in Upstate New York, will discuss their journeys to elected leadership seats, their personal insights on the equitable participation of women in politics and government, and the unique responsibility of running a city government.

The event, which is sponsored by Bond, Schoeneck & King PLLC,  will be held in the Dean Alexander Moot Court Room and is free and open to the public. To attend the reception, register by calling 518-445-2329 or emailing

Mayor Sheehan and Mayor Warren are both graduates of Albany Law School, and they are both the first female mayors of their cities.

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Mayor Lovely Warren '03

Sheehan and Warren are both the first female mayors of their cities.

Sheehan, a member of Albany Law School’s Board of Trustees, was most recently Albany’s treasurer. She formerly served on the Dean’s Advisory Council and received the law school’s Distinguished Alumni Award in 2006. While at the law school, Sheehan was a comment editor on the Albany Law Review. She received her undergraduate degree in journalism from Bowling Green State University.

Warren most recently served as Rochester’s City Council president. While at Albany Law, she was a summer law clerk to then New York State Attorney General Eliot Spitzer and a summer judicial clerk to the Honorable Teresa Johnson, presiding judge of the Rochester City Court.

Mayor Joanne Yepsen

Mayor Yepsen has worked in the area of development and marketing with nonprofits for more than 25 years, including several positions at Skidmore College. She also served as county supervisor for Saratoga Springs for four terms before being elected mayor.

One of the priorities of the Government Law Center at Albany Law School is to help develop practical and inspired solutions to the challenges of governance, including at the local government level. The GLC often collaborates in a non-partisan fashion with key partners in government and the private, non-profit and philanthropic sectors.