Kathy Sheehan is a proud Albany Democrat.  She is running a grassroots campaign to strengthen Albany’s neighborhoods, create economic opportunity and lead our city government into the 21st century as Albany’s next Mayor. 

In 2010, Kathy became Albany’s Treasurer and Chief Fiscal Officer. During her campaign for Treasurer, she pledged to bring independence, transparency and financial common sense to city hall. She refused to accept a city-owned vehicle, streamlined her office’s operations and modernized property tax and parking ticket collections.

Kathy has become an independent and influential voice on Albany’s Industrial Development Agency board. She voted “no” to providing tax breaks to build more publicly funded private schools because Albany taxpayers were already paying for hundreds of seats of empty classroom space. She also stood up for taxpayers by saying “no” to more tax breaks for luxury apartments that already received millions in tax exemptions from the State.

Kathy believes that our City government should work for everyone. From Pine Hills to West Hill, from the South End to Eagle Point, from North Albany to Delaware Avenue, from Arbor Hill to Hudson Park, Kathy knows that every neighborhood is important to the people who live there and to the small business owners who invest there. That is why she spends countless hours in our neighborhoods listening to residents and community groups, understanding their concerns and advocating for their needs. Kathy does not believe in one size fits all solutions.  She sees the diversity of our neighborhoods as a strength that city government must embrace and support.

Kathy grew up in a family that valued hard work and community service. Her parents were children of the depression. Her mother’s father drove a truck for Standard Oil and was a leader in the Democratic party in his hometown of Deerfield, Illinois. Her dad’s father was a steamfitter who raised three sons on his own after he was widowed in 1943. Kathy’s mother became a nurse and her father joined the Marine Corp during the Korean War. He went on to build a successful career in the insurance business and together they raised six children. 

Kathy’s parents stressed the importance of education. She started saving for college at the age of 12. She put herself through school, earning a bachelor’s degree in journalism and began a career in communications.  In 1991, Kathy fulfilled her wish to continue her education. She attended Albany Law School on an academic scholarship and graduated magna cum laude in 1994.

Kathy started her legal career as an attorney in the Albany office of Bond, Schoeneck & King. In 1996 she joined Intermagnetics General Corporation, a leading medical device manufacturer based in Latham. As vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary, Kathy helped grow the company from 500 employees to more than 1,200 and from $90 million in sales to more than $300 million. In 2006, she helped negotiate the $1.3 billion acquisition of Intermagnetics by its largest customer, Philips Medical Systems.

Kathy married her husband, Bob, in 1992 at St. Vincent DePaul Church on Madison Avenue. They have dedicated countless hours serving our community.  Bob was the president of the Helderberg Neighborhood Association and currently serves on the board of Albany Youth Soccer.  Kathy was a Trustee of St. Vincent DePaul Church and served as Treasurer of the School 19 (now New Scotland Elementary) PTA.  She is a founding member of the Albany Promise, a coalition of community members, educators, service providers and business leaders working to ensure that every child in our City succeeds academically.  Kathy also serves on the board and executive committee of Proctors Theater and is a Trustee of Albany Law School.  Kathy and Bob live in the 8th ward with their 12 year old son and a rambunctious Boston Terrier.