A Changing of the Guard at City Hall

Mechanicville City Hall
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As the calendar changes to 2014, there will be some new faces at Mechanicville City Hall. It is a curious snapshot in time to look back on Mayor Anthony Sylvester’s 8-year tenure in office and to envision challenges and opportunities for the city in the coming years.

The Troy Record spoke with Mayor Sylvester about his term. He detailed infrastructure improvements, the planning and permitting stages of Esplanade Project, South Street Hill Reconstruction and the inter-modal freight yard just beyond the city limits. Read more below.


At the same time, the city has accumulated some financial short-falls as a result of some unforeseen infrastructure projects and some erroneous maintenance of the city’s books. CBS6 Albany had the story on the city’s one-time 18% tax hike set for 2014. Watch the video below.


Mayor-elect Dennis Baker, set to be sworn in on Wednesday at 1pm at the Senior Center, expects to make addressing these financial issues his top priority. Baker will also preside over the highly anticipated Esplanade Project, which is expected to bring 294 upper-market apartments to Mechanicville. The mayor-elect discusses his pending term with the Times Union, shown in the link below.


Jodi Gilheany, newly elected Commissioner of Finance, will be the other new face at City Hall come January 1st. She will take responsibility of the city’s books. The city’s financial troubles were detailed in a state comptroller’s report which was reported by the Saratogian, among others, in February 2013. Read more about the report below.


More on the tax hike can be found on the Times Union. Read more below.


Baker and Gilheany will join Commissioner of Accounts Mark Seber, Commissioner of Public Works David Higgins, and Commissioner of Public Safety Tim Hipwell, on the Mechanicville City Council. Each has casts a vote on the council in this “city commission” form of government. The city of Saratoga Springs is the only other municipality in the New York State with such a form of government.

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