ALBANY, N.Y. - Mayor Jerry Jennings has served for 5 consecutive terms. He has seen police chiefs come and go, but his goal has remained the same, stop violent crime by building up the people who lived here, one person at a time.
Twenty-years as mayor and Jerry Jennings has made a lot of friends.
"He cared about this city," said Albany Chief of Police, "He didn't care about one street, he cared about every street. He cared about every kid."
"Nothing bothered me more than to get a call that someone was shot," stated Jennings.
"Time and time again," Jennings said "'come on let's get into to this'" and the city council and people listened and community policing in albany has begun to take hold."
Jennings pushed for a better education system. One that fostered hope and steered away from crime.
"When I was at Albany High School," continued Jennings "I used to tell kids 'I don't want to hear that you're from a poor family,' I was. I got an education, I worked hard, I worked my whole life. And as far as I'm concerned you can be successful"
Proceeds from Saturday's dinner will benefit the kids Mayor Jennings cared so much about, the children's hospital at Albany Medical Center and the Gerald D Jennings scholarship fund at Albany High School.