ALBANY, N.Y. – Fire trucks, police, and hundreds of supporters came out on Tuesday afternoon to say ‘thank you' to the man that has led the City of Albany for two decades.
Jerry Jennings walked down the steps of City Hall as Mayor for the last time on New Year's Eve. A massive crowd made of friends, family and supporters cheered for him, creating an emotional moment for Jennings, who said goodbye after 20-years on the job.
"I'm trying to stay positive and I look forward to what the future brings for this city," said Jennings, who left no child without a hug and no supporter without a ‘thank you'.
"Some people just look at the skyline or the river front but he brought revenue to this city like no one before," said Mike Conners, the Albany County Comptroller.
"It is a sad day but I'm happy for him," said E.Nancy Wiley, a former Albany County Legislator who nominated Jennings for Mayor.
"He has been a wonderful mayor and friend," she said.
Jennings said one of his largest achievements has been helping the Capital City grow.
"It was about economic development and downtown and Delaware Avenue, as a city in these difficult financial times, we were successful," said Jennings.
Many in the crowd on Tuesday felt confident in his successor, current Treasurer and now Mayor-Elect, Kathy Sheehan.
"In these financially difficult times, it is good to have someone with a solid financial background and we have Kathy in good stead," said Conners.