Albany's new mayor outlined her vision for the new year at City Hall, in her first State of the City address Thursday night. Time Warner Cable News Reporter Karen Tararache has more on what Mayor Kathy Sheehan hopes to accomplish for the city in 2014.
ALBANY, N.Y. -- Many of the city’s issues were detailed in a 47-page report by Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan's transition team including addressing the city’s budget, public safety concerns and using technological advances and customer service to develop a 21st century city hall.
“We cannot have strong healthy communities when we have these magnets for trouble that detract from the quality of life,” Sheehan said.
Neighborhood development through a strategic plan for vacant and abandoned buildings, as well as public safety to protect all neighborhoods from violence.
Albany Police Chief Steven Krokoff said, "We're kind of antiquated with the way we deal with drug use and abuse and its time we take a different approach in the way we deal with drug addiction."
Through the creation of a Department of Budget and Finance, a commissioner would create a three year budget as opposed to operating on a yearly basis.
Common Council President Carolyn McLaughlin added, “80 percent of this property is tax exempt and 60 percent of it is state property. You can’t just let it roll over and say that's the way it’s been.”
“We need to be aggressive in understanding our cost structure. And we need to get excellent in developing a strong, strong financial capability," Sheehan said.
And by using a citywide technology plan, launching "Open Albany" and great Customer Service it's Sheehan's hope the city of Albany will be propelled into the 21st century.
“It just to me is a way of saying we are open for business, you have reached a department you have a reached a business and we want to help you,” Sheehan said.
While at the same time; holding on to its history.
Sheehan added, “Placing myself at the service of this city as its 75th mayor, I embrace the spirit of the Albany Plan of Union. A spirit of vision, of hope, of tenacity.”
Sheehan concluded her State of the City with a Vision for 2030 seeing Albany as a city built on history, with a rich waterfront and diverse culture that encourages investment and benefits all of its residents.
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Albany/HV: Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan outlines goals for 2014
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