Soon people in Albany will get their chance to vote for the man or woman they think should replace Mayor Jerry Jennings when he retires at the end of the year. Thursday night, there was a forum for the candidates held at UAlbany. Erin Vannella has more.
ALBANY, N.Y. – Soon, people in Albany will get their chance to vote for the man or woman they think should replace Mayor Jerry Jennings when he retires at the end of the year.
Thursday night, a forum was held for the mayoral candidates at UAlbany. Three of them, Kathy Sheehan, Jesse Calhoun and Theresa Portelli, were in attendance. The conversation highlighted topics such as the relationship between the City of Albany Police Department and local college students.
But one thing remains the same: All three candidates say now is the time for change.
"This is a city that's only had three mayors in 72 years. It has had a lack of investment, not only in the services we provide, but how we provide them and how transparent we are to our residents," Sheehan said.
"Stop the abuse in the system and create a more limited government where small businesses can thrive and where I can enjoy the city," Calhoun said.
Portelli said, "You can actually make a difference, you can make things happen, you can make a change and I'm very excited and feel very blessed and honored to be here tonight."
Voters head to the polls on November 5th.