On January 1st, 2014, Kathy M. Sheehan became Albany, New York’s, 75th mayor. Mayor Sheehan has dedicated her administration to unleashing Albany’s full potential, leading with a commitment to community, equity, and opportunity. She is an energetic champion of the renaissance now underway in Albany, and is working to revitalize all of the City’s neighborhoods.
Mayor Sheehan is committed to efficient and responsive government that includes diverse community voices. Since taking office, Mayor Sheehan has initiated major changes, including implementing the largest annual spending decrease in more than 15 years, modernizing City Hall, completing the first successful rezoning of the City in more than half a century, and securing an unprecedented $12.5 million in new municipal aid. Mayor Sheehan also directed Albany to become only the third city in the nation to implement Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD), providing police officers with alternatives to incarceration and connecting individuals with necessary resources to reduce recidivism. During her administration, Mayor Sheehan has also launched a new $1 million vacant building rehabilitation program and $1.5 million poverty reduction initiative, enhanced Albany’s parks and award-winning Summer Youth Employment Program, implemented traffic calming initiatives to make Albany’s streets safer for pedestrians and cyclists, and lead the steady transformation of the City’s downtown into a new urban neighborhood.
Mayor Sheehan started her legal career as an attorney in the Albany office of Bond, Schoeneck & King. In 1996 she joined Intermagnetics General Corporation, a leading medical device manufacturer based in Latham. As vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary, Mayor Sheehan helped grow the company from 500 employees to more than 1,200 and from $90 million to more than $300 million in sales. In 2006, she helped negotiate the $1.3 billion acquisition of Intermagnetics by its largest customer, Philips Medical Systems.
Mayor Sheehan received the Albany Law Distinguished Alumni in Government Award in 2016 and the Distinguished Alumni Award in 2006. As a student, Mayor Sheehan was a member of the Albany Law Review. Mayor Sheehan received her undergraduate degree from Bowling Green State University.