Sheehan inaugurated as Albany’s first female mayor



ALBANY, N.Y. -- About 600 people came to watch the swearing in of the first female mayor of the Empire State’s capital city.

This was a fact that was not forgotten, with much pomp and circumstance surrounding the hour-and-a-half ceremonies at the grandiose Kiernan Plaza.

"The ceremony was terrific," described Darius Shahinfar, who took his oath on Wednesday and became the new city treasurer, replacing new mayor Kathy Sheehan in the position. "The best part of the event was the packed house with so many people looking forward to a a great future in the city of Albany."

Sheehan’s inauguration culminated the ceremonies, which also included the swearing in of the Albany Common Council, Chief City Auditor Leif Engstrom, Shahinfar, and a keynote address by Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy.

The Common Council welcomed seven new members, joining the eight "seasoned" members, said Council President Carolyn McLaughlin. She noted that this was the 83rd seating of the Albany Common Council.

The new year holds opportunity for individuals, the community, and the region, she said.

"We have a vibrant, exciting new mayor of the city of Albany," McLaughlin continued. "I invite all of our citizens, and those who work and play in Albany, to join us as we move the city of Albany forward."

Area dignitaries who attended include state Senator Neil Breslin, state Assemblyman John McDonald, state Assemblywoman Pat Fahy, Albany County Executive Dan McCoy, Albany County Clerk Bruce Hidley, Albany County Comptroller Mike Conners, Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple, and Colonie Supervisor Paula Mahan.

The crowd was welcomed by U.S. Rep. Paul Tonko who said that the new year offers a clean slate and a sense of new hope.

"This was an awesome win for you," Tonko said, addressing Sheehan. "I will look for great things to happen."

Sheehan, the 75th mayor of Albany, has said that she is excited to be in her new role of city government.


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