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May 14, 2013


Reprinted from the Times Union

Jennings announces he will not seek sixth term
Staff report

Updated 9:08 pm, Tuesday, May 14, 2013


Mayor Jerry Jennings addresses those gathered during a press conference at Albany City Hall on Tuesday, May 7. Jennings, 64, Albany's second longest serving mayor, announced Tuesday he will not run for re-election this fall. (Paul Buckowski / Times Union)

Long serving Albany Mayor Jerry Jennings, 64, announced via an emailed letter Tuesday night that he will not seek a sixth term in office.

"After countless hours of deliberation and evaluation, I have decided not to seek re-election as your mayor. Although every day I still find joy in the work I do and in the people I serve, the time has come for a new chapter to be written," Jennings wrote.

Just Saturday, the Albany County Democratic Committee's candidate review panel backed Jennings for re-election.

The way is now open for a battle between City Treasurer Kathy Sheehan and former City Councilman Corey Ellis, both Democrats, leading to the November election.

Jennings' current mayoral term marks a milestone. He passed Philip Schuyler Van Rensselaer, who served about 19 years between 1799 and 1820, making him the second longest-serving mayor of all time, though far short of Erastus Corning 2nd's 41-year-tenure.


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