Mayor Kathy M. Sheehan - Bio
On January 1st, 2014, Kathy Moran Sheehan became Albany, New York’s 75th mayor. Mayor Sheehan has dedicated her administration to unleashing Albany’s full potential, leading with a commitment to community, equity, and opportunity. She is an energetic champion of the renaissance now underway in Albany, and is working to revitalize all of the City’s neighborhoods.
Mayor Sheehan is committed to efficient and responsive government that includes diverse community voices. In her first year in office, she initiated major changes, including common sense budget savings, the launch of an overhaul to the City’s outdated zoning code, a renewal of Albany’s parks, traffic calming initiatives to make Albany’s streets safer for pedestrians and bicyclists, and the steady transformation of the City’s downtown into a new urban neighborhood.
In 2010, after winning a city-wide election, Mayor Sheehan became Albany’s Treasurer and Chief Fiscal Officer, implementing changes to improve the City’s fiscal policies and overhauling the City’s parking ticket system. She is also a founding member of the Albany Promise, a coalition of community members, educators, service providers and business leaders working to ensure that every child in Albany succeeds academically.
Growing up in a large family that valued hard work and community service, Kathy put herself through college, earning a bachelor’s degree in journalism. After a five-year career in communications, Kathy attended Albany Law School on an academic scholarship, graduating magna cum laude in 1994.
After working for a highly regarded law firm, she went on to become vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary of Intermagnetics General Corporation, a leading medical device manufacturer based in Latham.
Kathy and her husband Bob are committed community members, having served on the boards of a number of community-based organizations. They live in the City’s 8th ward with their teenage son.
Their Boston terrier named Ozzy also resided there until he passed away peacefully on January 21, 2016. The Mayor and her family will miss him dearly. In his younger, more spry days he was known for a vertical leap that would put most NBA players to shame. He loved visiting Albany’s dog parks and even though he never weighed more than 15 pounds, he always wanted to play with the biggest dog he could find. He was part of their family for more than a decade and he left them with many fond memories.