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Albany mayoral candidates answer questions at public forum


ALBANY, N.Y. --Dozens of Albany residents listened intently as Albany's mayoral candidates, Kathy Sheehan, Corey Ellis and Marlon Anderson answered questions Wednesday about what they will do if elected mayor.

One of the first topics discussed was what they will do different than current Mayor Jerry Jennings.

"He was a very hands-off mayor," Anderson said.  "I will be a very hands-on mayor."

"The difference between Mayor Jennings and me is I would not serve 20 years," Ellis said.  "I am proposing we change the city charter and put in term limits for the mayor."

"We as a city government need to enter the 21st century," Sheehan said.  "And implement technology to allow us to solve the issues we have been talking about for more than a decade."

About a dozen topics were covered, including public safety, the Albany landfill, and another hot button-issue: the revitalization of downtown.  In addition, the city's most recent problem of manhole covers and infrastructure was discussed.

"We have an infrastructure problem that needs to be addressed," Anderson said.  "And it comes down to the leadership to examine that problem."

"There could be a Capital Region plan on how we're going to deal with our sewer issues and our infrastructure," Ellis said.  "I believe that's the direction we need to go in."

"I am going to be a leader that is going to insist on knowing exactly the state of our infrastructure, and what the plan is to fix it," Sheehan said. 

While the election is still four months away, some residents are already using forums like this to choose who they want to take over city hall.

"I think Sheehan's vision for the city is tangible," resident Ruth Sadinsky said.  "She can really articulate it, and I think she has fantastic experience."

"I was impressed with Corey Ellis," resident MaryAlice Maynes added. "But I think Kathy Sheehan has a better background and will get more votes."

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