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Primary Day has come and gone. While some believe that means Kathy Sheehan will be the next mayor of the City of Albany, two men disagree. Innae Park sits down with both the Republican and Conservative candidates as we count down until the general election in November.
ALBANY, N.Y. -- Following a resounding primary victory Tuesday night, Albany mayoral candidate Kathy Sheehan said, “This happened because a group of people came together from all corners of our city and saw the possibilities of an exciting different future for our city.”
However, the Democrat isn't the only one looking ahead. Three others have a vision for Albany and they will face off against the Democrat primary winner for the mayoral seat.
Keeping nature in neighborhoods has been a platform of Joseph Sullivan's.
“Not only do I say I will help the neighborhoods, but I have a strong record of proving it. Saving open space,” he said.
At the same time, the Conservative is also in favor of industrial growth, bringing in manufacturing and tapping into energy sources.
He said, “I want to see a refinery built at the port of Albany. That's industrial development, increases your tax base and it's good paying jobs.”
Sullivan aims to get rid of blight in neighborhoods by setting up trade schools there, which would allow for local youth to be hired to work on the properties.
As for education, he suggests, “Consolidate it with the city government, and make one property tax roll to fund both. Make the mayor accountable and responsible for city schools.”
However, Republican Jesse Calhoun would not take the reins of the city’s school system.
“I would gradually try and reduce the burden of oppressive standardized testing and try to make it a more liberated classroom and let the teachers teach,” he said.
Calhoun says the way to improve the financial state of the city is to smooth the way for new small businesses.
He suggests, “Reducing the cost of permits, increasing the speed of how fast they get them. Just make it easier for them so they can have a place where they want to be.”
In the end, Calhoun described himself as a mayor who listens and he plans to hold many community forums to engage his constituents.
“I'm kind of a 'Get the government out of the way' kind of thing and let the people develop where they think is going to be a good idea,” he said.
The third person to contest Sheehan is the Green Party candidate, but that person is still undetermined after the primary due to write-in ballots. Board of Election commissioners say due to their digital nature, it will take time to process the results.