Kathy Sheehan

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Kathy Sheehan
75th Mayor of Albany
Assumed office
January 1, 2014
Preceded byGerald Jennings
Personal details
Born (1963-12-05) December 5, 1963 (age 55)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Robert Sheehan
EducationBowling Green State University (BA)
Albany Law School (JD)

Katherine "Kathy" Sheehan (born December 5, 1963) is the current Mayor of Albany, New York. Prior to being elected Mayor, Sheehan served as City Treasurer from 2010 to 2014. On September 10, 2013, she defeated Corey Ellis in the Democratic primary for mayor of Albany. She later won the general election, becoming the first female mayor in Albany's 328-year history. She was reelected in 2017.

Early life and career[edit]

Sheehan's mother was a nurse, and her father joined the Marine Corps during the Korean War. He went on to build a successful career in the insurance business, and together they raised six children.

Sheehan graduated from Albany Law School. She 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, Kathy helped grow the company from 500 employees to more than 1,200 and from $90 million in sales to more than $300 million. In 2006, she helped negotiate the $1.3 billion acquisition of Intermagnetics by its largest customer, Philips Medical Systems.

In 2009, Sheehan was elected City Treasurer of Albany, New York. She took office in 2010. As city treasurer, Sheehan was responsible for increasing parking tickets from $15 to $65 in less than four years to make up for decreased tax inflows during the recession.

Mayor of Albany[edit]

On November 17, 2012, Sheehan announced herself as a candidate for mayor.[1]

On September 10, 2013, Sheehan defeated former Common Councilor Corey Ellis in the Democratic primary.[2] Sheehan won the Democratic nomination with 7,468 votes (65.72%) to Ellis's 3,294 votes (29%), with 601 write-in votes (5.29%) and a few void and blank ballots.[3] Albany is so heavily Democratic that Sheehan effectively clinched the mayoralty with her victory in the Democratic primary. On November 5, Sheehan won the general election with over 83% of the total vote.[4] When she took office, she became the first woman to lead Albany, and only the city's sixth mayor in 87 years.

In her 2017 re-election bid, Sheehan faced opposition from Common Council President Carolyn McLaughlin and Common Councilor Frank Commisso Jr in the Democratic primary; Sheehan won the primary with 51% of the vote.[5] Sheehan was re-elected Mayor on November 7, 2017, winning 70% of the vote; Commisso received 22% of the vote as an independent candidate.[6]


Poll source Date 1st 2nd Other
YNN/Siena College[7]

Margin of error: ±3.8%
Sample size: 670

July 22–24, 2013 Kathy Sheehan
Corey Ellis

Personal life[edit]

In February 2017, Sheehan—along with Assemblywoman Patricia Fahy and Congressman Paul Tonko—was criticized by Bishop Edward Scharfenberger for being Catholic politicians who supported and attended a rally for Planned Parenthood.[8]

On April 11, 2017, Christopher Hardy—the biological older brother of Sheehan's adopted son Jay—was shot dead in Albany's second homicide of the year.[9]


  1. ^ Kristen V. Brown (November 19, 2012). "Sheehan announces bid for Albany mayor". Times Union (Albany). Retrieved September 11, 2013.
  2. ^ Danielle Sanzone (September 10, 2013). "Sheehan wins Albany Mayor primary; Shahinfar is the city's next treasurer". The Record (Troy). Archived from the original on September 11, 2013. Retrieved September 11, 2013.
  3. ^ "OFFICIAL RECANVASS" (PDF). Albany County Board of Elections. September 25, 2013. p. 14. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 16, 2013. Retrieved October 15, 2013.
  4. ^ "Albany County Election Results". app.albanycounty.com.
  5. ^ Lucas, Dave. "Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan Cruises In Three-Way Democratic Primary". www.wamc.org.
  6. ^ "Albany County Election Results". app.albanycounty.com.
  7. ^ [1][permanent dead link]
  8. ^ Churchill, Chris (February 16, 2017). "Churchill: Bishop scolds Catholic politicians who stood with Planned Parenthood". Albany Times-Union. Retrieved February 16, 2017.
  9. ^ Brendan J. Lyons and Emily Masters (April 12, 2017). "Albany homicide victim has family connection to Mayor Sheehan". Albany Times-Union. Retrieved April 12, 2017.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Gerald Jennings
Mayor of Albany, New York
Succeeded by
Political offices
Preceded by
Gerald Jennings
Mayor of Albany