Local officials take part in Zamboni race

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – With election season in full swing, it was no surprise to see two Albany politicians duke it out on Wednesday but on a Zamboni?

The Albany Devils Hockey team will kick-off their new season and home opener this weekend. To generate some publicity and have some fun, Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan and Albany County Executive Dan McCoy had a Zamboni race.

Since no one wanted to destroy the ice, Sheehan and McCoy thought it might be more fun to race down Pearl Street in front of the Times Union Center.

At first it was a dead heat, but then McCoy pulled ahead for the victory.

“It was a close race, but I’ll get him next year,” Sheehan said.

“It felt good but you know, she’s already talking about her jet lab and coming back from London, so we’re gonna have to do this again next year,” McCoy said. “We’ll do the best of out of three series. How’s that?”

There was also an important message mixed in with all the fun. When the Devils drop the puck at 5 p.m. on Saturday at the TU Center, people are being encouraged to make a small donation to the Cash for Coats campaign.

The money raised will buy coats, hats, gloves and scarves for children in Albany this winter.

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