ALBANY, N.Y. -- Voters in the City of Albany are less than a month away from picking a new mayor for the first time in two decades. Several candidates are vying to replace Mayor Jerry Jennings.
We had a chance to sit down with one of them, Green Party candidate Theresa Portelli.
Portelli spent 30 years supervising juvenile justice and childcare systems and was a member of the Albany city school board from 1996 to 2000.
If elected, she says she'd like to see community and fiscal report cards so it's easier to know what needs improvement and more transparency with how tax dollars are used.
Overall, she wants to see the city become more of a destination for people.
"I think all of our city streets should be vibrant. I see Albany as a very vibrant place. I think there has to be a synergy between our small businesses and the homeowners and our residents and our guests. I'd love to see downtown revitalized. I'd like to see a bullet train come back in. I think it needs some kind of excitement to get people going," Portelli said.
Portelli spoke to a number of other issues, including a possible land use tax and taking a closer look at how the city is using community policing.
She's running against Democrat Kathy Sheehan and Republican Jesse Calhoun, as well as Joseph Sullivan, who's on the Conservative line.