Kathy Sheehan

Mayor

Albany, NY

On January 1st 2014, Kathy M. Sheehan became the first woman Mayor in Albany’s history. She previously served as Albany’s Treasurer and Chief Fiscal Officer. Kathy modernized the City’s tax collection system and completely overhauled its scandal-plagued parking ticket system. She serves on the Boards of the Central Avenue and Downtown Business Improvement Districts, Albany Industrial Development Agency and Albany Community Development Agency.

Kathy grew up in a family that valued hard work and community service. Her parents stressed the importance of education to Kathy and her five brothers and sisters. She put herself through college, earning a bachelor’s degree in journalism. After a five year career in communications, Kathy went back to school in 1991, attending Albany Law School on an academic scholarship. She graduated magna cum laude in 1994 and 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 to more than $300 million in sales.

Pro-Growth Progressive Ideas Shared

Problem

The citizens of Albany are either limited to target broadband speeds or have no affordable access to broadband at all, creating a gap in the ability of some parts of the community to participate in the global economy. 

Solution

To include all residents in the ongoing digital revolution, the City of Albany has created a Broadband working group consisting of community leaders to identify a reasonable assessment of the opportunities for the City, the most viable business, sustainable financial and operational models including one-time and recurring third-party funding sources (E-Rate, NYS Broadband Grant, URI, etc.), and the deployment plan that will enable the City to take advantage of these opportunities in conjunction with broadband‐friendly public policy development. Broadband expands opportunity to citizens, communities, businesses and government entities by connecting individuals and organizations to advanced communications, telemedicine, telecommuting, etc. Additionally, access to broadband helps attract and retain new businesses, helping entrepreneurs compete in the global market.