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Albany Mayoral candidate Kathy Sheehan announces a big-name backer

by Erin Pihlaja on August 15, 2013


In case you missed it, Albany mayoral candidate Kathy Sheehan’s camp flexed some political muscle last Friday (August 9) when U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) announced that she endorsed Sheehan’s candidacy.

At the Ramada Plaza hotel in Albany, Gillibrand addressed a small crowd: “Kathy Sheehan understands the importance of connecting neighborhoods, building local partnerships and working with regional and statewide stakeholders to stimulate growth and revitalize Albany. I am proud to endorse Kathy Sheehan as the next mayor of the city of Albany.” The popular senator made recent headlines when she secured a book deal that’s “both a memoir and a call to action for women,” according to the Associated Press.

A big yes: Gillibrand endorsed Sheehan for Albany mayor, photo by Molly Eadie

Gillibrand also endorsed city treasurer candidate Darius Shahinfar, who is vying for the position currently held by Sheehan, against Albany County Legislator Gary Domalewicz.

“Senator Gillibrand is a tireless advocate for our city and region,” Sheehan said in a statement to the press. “I am honored to have her endorsement and I look forward to working with her fight for the resources we need to create strong neighborhoods, grow good jobs for our residents and move our city government into the 21st Century. I am also inspired by Senator Gillibrand’s efforts to get women off the sidelines and into leadership positions in government. She understands the strength and value of diversity and I am deeply grateful for her support.”

Sheehan also has been endorsed by U.S. Rep. Paul Tonko (D-Amsterdam), the Empire State Pride Agenda, the New York League of Conservation Voters, the Independence Party, and the Albany County Democratic Committee.

Sheehan is up against former councilman and union organizer Corey Ellis in the Democratic mayoral primary on Sept. 10.