Kathy Sheehan

Kathy Sheehan
75th Mayor of Albany, New York
Assumed office
January 1, 2014
Preceded by Gerald Jennings
City Treasurer of Albany, New York
In office
January 1, 2010  December 31, 2013
Personal details
Born (1963-12-05) December 5, 1963
Chicago, Illinois
Nationality American
Political party Democratic Party
Spouse(s) Robert Sheehan
Alma mater Albany Law School
Bowling Green State University
Occupation Attorney
Religion Roman Catholic

Katherine "Kathy" Sheehan (born December 5, 1963) is the current Mayor of Albany, New York. Prior to being elected mayor, Sheehan was city treasurer. On September 10, 2013, she defeated Corey Ellis in the Democratic primary for mayor of Albany. She later won the general election becoming the first female mayor and first new mayor of Albany in 20 years after Gerald Jennings decided to retire after being Albany's mayor for 20 years.

Early life and career

Sheehan's mother was a nurse and her father joined the Marine Corps during the Korean War. He went on to build a successful career in the insurance business and together they raised six children.

Sheehan graduated from Albany Law School. She started her legal career as an attorney in the Albany office of Bond, Schoeneck & King. In 1996 she joined Intermagnetics General Corporation, a leading medical device manufacturer based in Latham. As vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary, Kathy helped grow the company from 500 employees to more than 1,200 and from $90 million in sales to more than $300 million. In 2006, she helped negotiate the $1.3 billion acquisition of Intermagnetics by its largest customer, Philips Medical Systems;

City Treasurer

In 2009, Sheehan was elected as the city treasurer in Albany, New York, taking office in 2010.

As city treasurer, Sheehan was responsible for increasing parking tickets from $15 to $65 in less than four years to make up for decreased tax inflows during the recession.

Mayoral Campaign

On November 17, 2012, Sheehan announced herself as a candidate for mayor.[1]

On September 10, 2013 Sheehan defeated Corey Ellis in the Democratic primary, in preliminary returns with 6,973 votes to Ellis's 3,074. [2] According to official returns released on October 9, Sheehan won the Democratic nomination, with 7,468 votes (65.72 %) to Ellis's 3,294 votes (29 %), with 601 write in votes (5.29 %) and a few void and blank ballots, according to official returns.[3]


Poll source Date 1st 2nd Other
YNN/Siena College

Margin of error: ±3.8%
Sample size: 670

July 22-24, 2013 Kathy Sheehan
Corey Ellis


  1. Kristen V. Brown (November 19, 2012). "Sheehan announces bid for Albany mayor". Times Union (Albany). Retrieved September 11, 2013.
  2. Danielle Sanzone (September 10, 2013). "Sheehan wins Albany Mayor primary; Shahinfar is the city's next treasurer". The_Record_(Troy). Retrieved September 11, 2013.
  3. "OFFICIAL RECANVASS" (PDF). Albany County Board of Elections. September 25, 2013. p. 14. Retrieved October 15, 2013.

Political offices
Preceded by
Gerald Jennings
Mayor of Albany, New York
Succeeded by
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