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Democrat Vs. Democrat: Race For Albany City Treasurer

WAMC composite photo by Dave Lucas

As the September 10 Democratic primary draws closer, with current Albany City Treasurer Kathy Sheehan running for mayor, two candidates for Chief Fiscal officer have emerged, each democrat believing he is best-suited to take over the position.

In May, the Albany County Democratic Committee endorsed Sheehan as Jerry Jennings' successor over Corey Ellis. The party also backed county Legislator Gary Domalewicz for city treasurer.

Domalewicz has been an Albany County Legislator since 1993, representing residents of the 11th Legislative District and since the 2010 re-districting, he represents the 10th Legislative District.

He's backed by Albany County Executive Dan McCoy. Comptroller Mike Conners and County Legislature Chairman Shawn Morse.

Darius Shahinfar is an Albany Law School grad who has been a city resident since 1994. His wife, Noelle Kinsch, is currently an Albany County legislator representing the 6th District.  Shahinfar counts Kathy Sheehan among his biggest supporters, along with State Assembly members Patricia Fahy and Phil Steck.

Shahinfar will also appear on the ballot on the Working Families and Independent party lines.

Domalewicz and Shahinfar are the only declared candidates in the race for City Treasuer, so the election will effectively be decided on primary day.

Democrats believe voter turnout will be greater than in previous years, driven by the mayoral race since Jerry Jennings' decision May 15th not to seek another term.

Additional information: Under the Albany City Charter, the Treasurer is the Chief Fiscal Officer, responsible for the collection, receipt, care and custody of all taxes and monies due to the City. The Treasurer is also responsible for the preparation of the City’s financial statements.

In addition, the City Treasurer supervises Albany’s Parking Violations Bureau and computer services department.

Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.
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