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Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan Calls on City Residents to Join Fiscal Aid Advocacy Efforts

May 06, 2020

Date: May 6, 2020
Contact: David Galin 
(518) 801-2857

ALBANY, NY – Today, Mayor Kathy Sheehan called on City residents to join her advocacy efforts in the face of a projected revenue shortfall of $17-to-$20 million as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Mayor Sheehan asked residents to call on U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and President Donald Trump to provide direct federal aid to state and local governments – aid that is not only necessary to maintain vital municipal services but is critical to reopening the economy.

“If the federal government refuses to provide direct emergency aid to state and local governments, painful budget cuts will be required to close the shortfall – cuts that would be borne on the backs of our police officers, fire fighters, sanitation workers, laborers, code enforcement officers, and other essential workers who continue to deliver essential city services to our residents,” said Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan. “Our city residents and workforce cannot be asked to bear this burden, whether through cuts to essential services, layoffs, or salary reductions.”

To view video message from Mayor Sheehan, please visit:

Senator Mitch McConnell
US Senate Majority Leader
317 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510

Phone: (202) 224-2541

President Donald J. Trump
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500

Phone: (202) 456-1111 

On Tuesday morning, Mayor Sheehan encouraged City employees to reach out to Congresswoman Stefanik, Senator McConnell, and President Trump and share their experiences as an essential worker on the front lines, about how important their work is to the health and well-being of Albany, and that without them, the economy cannot be fully re-opened.

Since then, Congresswoman Stefanik joined New York State’s entire Congressional Delegation in support of state and local government fiscal aid for both COVID-19 related expenses and loss of revenue due to the significant shutdown of our economy.

“I thank our State Congressional Delegation for joining the bipartisan chorus of voices advocating on behalf of state and local governments at this critical moment,” said Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan. “Every city and town, whether led by a Democrat, Republican, or Independent, has lost revenue because of the measures we have taken to flatten the curve and save lives. We must receive federal aid to replace this revenue in order to turn the economy back on in our communities.”

As was announced on Monday, May 5, nearly every single revenue line the City relies on to provide services is projected to be negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, including an estimated:
  • 20% reduction in unrestricted State Aid,
  • 20% reduction in Sales Tax,
  • and 39% reduction in Departmental Income.