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Mayor gives State of the City in Schenectady

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Updated: 1/13 10:28 pm

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. -  Mayor Gary McCarthy presented  the State of the City for Schenectady on Monday.

The mayor covered everything from the city's financial stability, to the push to get more people living in Schenectady full time.

City Hall was a packed house Monday in Schenectady as an anxious crowd waited to hear from Mayor McCarthy, who highlighted strides made in city policing, with certain crimes down 13% in two years. He also plans on focusing on problematic neighborhood shops.

"Some are good and some are not good for the city.  We need to work with them or get them out of business," McCarthy said.

McCarthy called the city's financial outlook stable.

"The city's finances are stable but it's a challenge to keep them there," he explained.

McCarthy also said, as far as the budget goes, the Electric City is in a much better place than it was a few years prior.

"We adopted a 2014 budget that is less than the 2013 capital budget," McCarthy continued.

City officials are hoping more folks will feel incentive to move to Schenectady full time.

Mayor McCarthy also said the 2013 general fund in Schenectady increased 1.4 million since 2011.

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