Alicia Purdy Issues Statement on Fight for In-Person Mayoral Forum

Oct. 20, 2021, Albany, NY — Albany mayoral candidate Alicia Purdy issued a statement regarding the second mayoral forum hosted by the Council of Albany Neighborhoods Association, the League of Women Voters of Albany County and the NAACP-Albany and the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs at the University of Albany:

“Like the majority of Albany voters, I was disappointed in the decision to continue forward with a virtual forum for the final mayoral debate of this election. I reached out to the League of Women Voters local and national offices directly, and I also contacted members of the local press, who also inquired as to why the forum could not be a hybrid model- with incumbent mayor Sheehan, myself and the candidate who formed his own line being in person. Other municipalities across the Capital Region are having candidate forums with a hybrid model and I firmly believe Albany should do the same- and I pushed for that.”

“However, control over the in-person/hybrid issue was out of my hands – even though two out of the three participants wanted an in-person format – and, sadly, the people of Albany who wanted to see their mayoral candidates square off in person, under scrutiny and face tough questions from tax payers are ignored yet again without an advocate or voice in City Hall. Incumbent Sheehan has refused to participate in any mayoral forum that wasn’t organized by specific organizations, which is utterly suspicious. This barrier to accessing Albany leadership can be dismantled and removed with a vote for my open, transparent and accountably style of leadership on Nov. 2, 2021.”

Click here to read the recent WAMC article about this issue.

To view the forum in real time on October 20, 2021 at 6:30 pm, attendees must register at:

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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