Mayor Kathy Sheehan will remain Mayor, defeating Republican and Independent challengers that stood little chance in a city that has elected a Democrat to the office for the past 100 years. Despite breaking her word to only serve two terms, Sheehan will now serve a third.
Sheehan won 30% fewer votes than her previous reelection. In a city of 100,000 residents, less than 8,000 votes won her the office.
Her staff took to Twitter to mock political observers and journalists who pointed out the numbers — complete with clown emojis and accusations that the media was at fault for low voter turnout.
Albany voters also sided with statewide proposition results, voting down a package of voting reform proposals. It was a blow to the liberal agenda that saw multiple losses across the state — including in New York City and Buffalo. The incumbent mayor of Buffalo defeated India Walton, a progressive Democratic Socialist that did not receive the backing of her party after winning the primary. The Times Union also reports that that state Democratic party did not spend any money on ads in favor of the propositions that were defeated — even after the state GOP party launched a full-fledged “Just Say No.” campaign against them.
However, many Capital Region elections did tilt in favor of young progressives. Democratic Socialist and Working Families endorsed candidates Gabriella Romero and Kiani Conley-Wilson won their first races for city council in Albany and Troy, respectively. Heated races in Saratoga Springs and Schenectady also saw multiple Democrats win positions, where scare tactics against Black Lives Matter protesters engulfed both cities.
Patrick’s work has been published internationally, including on the front pages of the New York Times and Wall Street Journal. After 10+ years in journalism and marketing, he is now pursuing a Masters of Public Administration and Policy. He founded Albany Proper in 2012.