Gary McCarthy

Mayor Gary McCarthy celebrates his primary election win Tuesday.
Jackie Orchard

The mayor of Schenectady has survived a close primary challenge in his bid for a third four-year term. Democrat Gary McCarthy was leading political newcomer Thearse McCalmon 52-48 percent according to unofficial tallies Tuesday. McCarthy, who does not face a Republican challenger in the fall’s general election, spoke to supporters about an hour after polls closed — and set his sights on the city council.

Schenectady City Hall
Lucas Willard / WAMC

Schenectady Mayor Gary McCarthy delivered his State of the City address last night.

Schenectady Mayor Gary McCarthy
Gary McCarthy for Mayor

Schenectady Mayor Gary McCarthy will not face charges stemming from an incident last May in which the mayor followed a woman through the city after midnight. The Daily Gazette reports Saratoga County District Attorney Karen Heggen, a special prosecutor in the case, announced Friday that Schenectady Police ought to have asked another department to handle the investigation. Heggen also faulted McCarthy for failing to call the police himself after, he said, he saw a woman going through trash cans. The woman, who called 911, said the mayor was drunk and she could smell alcohol.

McCarthy Unveils Schenectady Budget For 2017

Sep 30, 2016
Mayor Gary McCarthy
Dave Lucas

Mayor Gary McCarthy took the wraps off his 2017 budget this afternoon at Schenectady City Hall.

Saratoga County

On May 19th, Rotterdam resident Sarah Dingley called 9-1-1 claiming she was being followed by a man who identified himself as the mayor of Schenectady.

Haley Viccaro
Daily Gazette

The Schenectady City Council will meet behind closed doors in executive session late this afternoon, and the talk is expected to center on allegations made against the mayor, Gary McCarthy. 38-year-old Sarah Dingley of the town of Rotterdam says the mayor was intoxicated in the early morning of May 19, following her vehicle and flashing his headlights. The mayor has denied any wrongdoing and police haven't filed any charges. Haley Viccaro is a reporter for the Daily Gazette and says the council meeting at 5:30 will be closely watched.

Mayor Gary McCarthy
Dave Lucas

Almost exactly a year after the process got under way, New York state gambling regulators today officially approved licenses for three new casinos under construction in the Catskills, Schenectady and the Finger Lakes. WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports from City Hall in Schenectady, where the ruling is being celebrated.

Schenectady Mayor Gives Casino Project Update

Jul 21, 2015
Schenectady Mayor Gary McCarthy
Gary McCarthy for Mayor

WAMC's Ray Graf speaks with Schenectady Mayor Gary McCarthy for a progress report on the Mohawk Harbor casino project. McCarthy, Galesi Group COO David Buicko and former city mayor Brian Stratton, now head of the state Canal Corp., toured the construction site Tuesday morning.

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It’s a rematch in the race for mayor of Schenectady. Dr. Roger Hull, a former president of Union College, is challenging Democratic incumbent Gary McCarthy. The independent Hull is running at a transition point for the Electric City – downtown revitalization efforts continue and a new casino is on the way.

City of Schenectady

Schenectady, like many other Northeastern cities that once hosted a major manufacturer, faced hard times as the payrolls at GE were cut and the downtown stores and the shoppers headed to the suburban malls. But with word that a major riverside casino and development are coming, there is renewed optimism in the Electric City. Mayor Gary McCarthy, who gave his state of the city address this week, says the casino is just one reason why Schenectady is looking forward.

Schenectady Mayor Gary McCarthy
Gary McCarthy for Mayor

Prior to Monday's meeting of the Schenectady City Council, Mayor Gary McCarthy delivered his state of the city address.

He told lawmakers that the city will finish the year with a small budget surplus, but noted that there are still challenges that need to be addressed, including the city’s vacant properties.

WAMC's Patrick Donges recently spoke with Mayor McCarthy, asking him first about how the city managed a surplus despite the dire financial situations being faced by other localities, and whether there is proposal in development for siting a casino in the city.