ALBANY, N.Y. – Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan delivered her first State of the City address Thursday night.
Sheehan was welcomed by the new Common Council with applause and a standing welcome as she took her first chance in her position as city leader to speak about the issues the Capital City faces.
The 40 minute address began with sobering statistics.
“It costs about $171 million to operate our city, and we have just $154 million in recurring revenue,” she said.
This creates over $16 million in deficit.
Sheehan also discussed that the current operations structure of the city is no longer working. She said she will look to the New York State Restructuring Board for help.
“We are in a situation where I believe that we can only benefit from going to the board and asking to look at our situation and provide us with recommendations,” she explained.
Common Council President Carolyn McLaughlin agreed.
“We've been doing good, and by going to the restructuring boards we can do better,” she said.
Sheehan spoke about the blight issue in Albany and the need to eradicate the large number of abandoned homes in order to eradicate crime.
Albany Police Chief Steven Krokoff called that music to his ears.
“We know the effect abandoned properties have attributed to criminal elements and things like land banks,” he said. “We're looking forward to getting those properties into the hands of people who can turn them around into vibrant properties.”
Mayor Sheehan also pointed out the $63 million Convention Center. She said it will bring a lot of money and jobs to the city.