Mayor Kathy Sheehan signed Ordinance 37.101.23 – the legislation adopting the 2024 City of Albany Budget - into law earlier this morning after the Common Council's unanimous passage of Mayor Sheehan’s proposed budget.
Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan said, “The City of Albany's 2024 Budget is transformative. This is a budget that sends a clear message to the residents of the City of Albany about what we value: historic investments in public safety, world-class recreation facilities, streets and sidewalks, walkability, sustainability, and our workforce.
“With this budget, we will build a new Lincoln Park Pool, West Hill Community Center, and Hoffman Park Recreation Center. We will add social workers in each of our police stations, and we will implement a first-of-its-kind street treatment program alongside Albany County. We will repave dozens of streets, install more speed humps, and replace more traffic signals and crosswalks. We will install more EV chargers and continue converting our fleet to electric vehicles.
“I want to thank our Budget Director Gideon Grande, Commissioner of Administrative Services Ann Marie Salmon, Deputy Budget Director Kate Fitzpatrick, and Chief Financial Manager Joel Stetson for the months of hard work that went into creating a budget that very clearly reflects what we as a city value.
“I also want to thank the Common Council for their unanimous passage of my proposed 2024 City Budget. While I have concerns regarding the additional permanent spending that was included in the Council's amendments to this budget, we look forward to working with them to ensure we continue to be good stewards of taxpayer dollars.
“The outlook for Albany has never been brighter. We are ranked as the best place to live in New York State and a top-ten place to raise a family in the United States. More people are moving here, world-renown corporations are investing here, and we are beaming with hope, optimism, and pride. This budget will only further our mission to ensure we are an Albany for all for generations to come.”