ALBANY, N.Y. – Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan delivered her first State of the City address on Thursday night.
During her 40 minute address, she spoke about everything from Albany's fiscal state to combatting crime.
Sheehan was welcomed by the new Common Council with applause and a standing welcome.
It was her first chance, in her position as city leader, to speak about the issues Albany faces and what the people of the Capital City can look forward to. Her address began with some sobering statistics.
"Our city expenditures are $171 million but we only bring in about $154 million," she said. "That's a $16 million deficit."
Sheehan then pointed out how the current structure of how the city operates is no longer working. She said she will look to the New York State Restructuring Board for help.
"We are in a situation where I believe that we can only benefit from going to the board and asking to look at our situation and provide us with recommendations," explained Sheehan.
Common Council President Carolyn McLaughlin agreed. "We've been doing good and by going to the restructuring boards we can do better," she said.
Mayor Sheehan spoke about the blight issue Albany faces, with the massive amounts of abandoned homes and the need to eradicate them in order to eradicate the crime.
Albany Police Chief Steven Krokoff called that music to his ears.
"We know the effect abandoned properties have to criminal elements and things like land banks will help and getting those properties and owners who can turn them around into vibrant properties," he said.
Mayor Sheehan also pointed out the $63 million Convention Center, which she says will bring a lot of money and jobs into the city.
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