With one week until the primary, Democrats in Albany will be a part of a historic vote for Mayor as either of their candidates will be a first for the capital city. Innae Park has a brief look at the issues discussed by Corey Ellis and Kathy Sheehan during YNN's exclusive televised debate.
ALBANY, N.Y. -- In the only televised mayoral debate of the 2013 election season, tension was felt between Democratic mayoral candidates Corey Ellis and Kathy Sheehan after a very civil race.
Ellis said, “I haven't heard my opponent talk about her plans to generate revenue for the city.”
The debate between the two candidates was hosted by YNN and the College of Saint Rose one week before the primary election.
Economic development, specifically the possibility of an aquarium, was one of the more divisive issues of the debate.
“We have lots and lots of good ideas that already exist in our 2030 comprehensive plan, that we need to work on the development community on figuring out where to start and how to build,” said Sheehan.
“The 2030 plan doesn't specify what should go down there. So are we going to have another meeting to plan on what should go there?” he asked. “I believe we can have an aquarium in our city, [and] it's about leadership. That is starting the discussion.”
However, Sheehan sees the proposal of an aquarium as unrealistic.
“I believe with starting with what is possible, not starting with an answer and hoping to fit it into a solution for downtown,” she said.
With the city facing a deficit of millions of dollars, Ellis is hoping to find funds in city departments.
“That's going to be one of the requirements,” he said of department heads. “Can you find five percent in the city budget to begin the process of cutting?”
Sheehan’s approach toward the deficit will be different, she says.
“Some people call it zero base budgeting. You start with what a department needs in order to accomplish their mission and their goals,” Sheehan said.
A recent YNN-Siena Research Poll showed Sheehan leading Ellis by a margin of 30 points.
The debate will re-air in its entirety this Sunday, September 8th at 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. It will also be available On Demand. Primary Day is next Tuesday, Sept. 10.