Alicia Purdy Hits on Albany’s Major Issues in First Mayoral Forum

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June 2, 2021, Albany, N.Y. — Albany mayoral candidate Alicia Purdy expounded on her platform as “The People’s Mayor” and responded with her position on many of Albany’s major issues in the first mayoral forum of the 2021 election season. Purdy, who is running on both the Conservative and Republican ballot lines, was joined by Democrat incumbent Kathy Sheehan and Democrat challenger Rev. Valerie Faust. Each candidate was asked questions from residents who submitted their questions in the days leading up to the forum. Questions ranged from the drastic spike in shootings in Albany to the holiday lights in Washington Park, to unrest and tension between the Albany Police Department and the community, the Community Police Review Board, LGBTQ+ issues, rebuilding Albany, addressing blight, tackling the garbage and Rapp Road landfill concerns, infrastructure, small business, taxes and vision for the future of Albany and much more, to give residents a better understanding of how each candidate would lead the city of Albany over the next four years.

Each candidate was given 90 seconds to answer each question.*

According to Purdy,

“I was excited to participate in the first mayoral forum of the 2021 election cycle and I am looking forward to many more. There was an obvious contrast between my vision for the city of Albany over the next four years and the vision of incumbent Kathy Sheehan, and as I have said before, this election will be the most significant election in the city of Albany in a generation. As we emerge out of a global pandemic and address its many effects, the city of Albany cannot sustain another four years of the status quo. Our city has been in a holding pattern without any meaningful progress for decades. We are on the precipice of a new season of transformation under my leadership, or we face four more years of continued decay, oversight, mismanagement, endless squabbling and chaos while Albany’s residents suffer, its communities remain grossly underserved and vulnerable, and our much-needed police force continues to hemorrhage personnel who have been demoralized, defunded through backdoor channels and betrayed by the leadership in Albany.

“…as the head goes, so goes the body…”

I encourage every resident, business owner, taxpayer, employee, student, lawmaker, landlord, committee members, every educator and community leader to take the time to watch the mayoral forum and gain a better understanding of where each candidate stands on these important issues as we elect a new mayor in November. The differences are clear and significant, and as “The People’s Mayor”, I spoke honestly, I called out discrepancies in the presentation of the facts, I pushed back against the status quo, and I openly challenged the shameful policies that have led Albany into economic depression, social unrest and set the tone for chaos and rampant criminal behavior. I was proud to stand with and for the people of Albany, and this mayoral forum was an excellent and welcomed opportunity to let the city of Albany see for themselves the kind of leadership I represent for our collective future together.


*Special thanks goes to Zachary Simpson, President of the Council of Albany Neighborhoods, as well as the League of Women Voters and the NAACP Albany NY chapter for putting this event together and making sure it ran smoothly, and to Spectrum News host Susan Arbetter for moderating!

Contact Alicia Purdy [] for an interview, comment, fundraiser/meet and greet, to volunteer or ask a question.

**NOTE TO PRESS & MEDIA: If you are on a deadline, please note that in your communication. Also, during your reporting, please include a reference for where your viewers/readers can access the forum. It is embedded below, and can also be viewed at the NAACPNY Facebook page.

Published by Alicia Purdy

Alicia Purdy is an independent, multi-media journalist with an M.A. in Journalism and a B.A. in Broadcasting. Learn more at:

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