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Gary R. McCarthy

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Local Address: Albany, New York, United States

Employment History

  • Mayor
  • Mayor
  • City Council President
    City of Schenectady
  • Mayor
    City of Schenectady
  • President
    City Council

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Board Member


  • Linton High School
  • Associates Degree
    Schenectady County Community College
  • University at Albany
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Schenectady Mayor Gary ..., 17 Feb 2015 [cached]
Schenectady Mayor Gary McCarthy said, “In order for Schenectady to be nationally and internationally attractive to business, it is vital to cultivate an atmosphere supportive of this leading-edge, world-changing technology that is being developed right here in the Capital Region.
Mayor Gary McCarthy Announces
Schenectady Bike Share Week
SCHENECTADY - Mayor Gary McCarthy today announced that Schenectady will host a    Bike Share Week from July 10 through July 16, 2014. The Schenectady Bike Share Week is   part of the Capital Region Bike Share Month, sponsored by Capital District Transportation Committee (CDTC) in cooperation with Buffalo Bike Share.  Mayor McCarthy said, “We are pleased to host Bike Share Week.
At the end of his speech, ..., 17 Feb 2015 [cached]
At the end of his speech, Cuomo stepped down from the podium and shook hands with everyone in the front row - Schenectady Mayor Gary McCarthy, Rush Street's Greg Carlin, Galesi Group's David Buicko … and so on.
Schenectady:: Land Bank, 25 May 2014 [cached]
The Land Reutilization Corporation of the Capital Region (Land Bank) was created under the direction of Mayor Gary McCarthy in 2012 to help local communities deal with problems stemming from vacant, abandoned and underutilized properties.
- appointed by Mayor Gary McCarthy
- appointed by Mayor Gary McCarthy
Schenectady::Mayor, 25 May 2014 [cached]
Gary R. McCarthy Mayor of Schenectady
Phone: 518-382-5000 Fax: 518-382-5272
A 1974 graduate of the former Linton High School, Gary went on to earn his Associates Degree from Schenectady County Community College and then continued his studies at the University at Albany.
Gary began his professional career taking a job in 1981 as an Investigator in the Schenectady County District Attorney's Office.
He initially saw the job as short-term opportunity, but soon found he was intrigued and energized by the work. Every day brought something new and different, and before long, he knew he was there to stay. In his nearly 30 years on the job, Gary has partnered with his colleagues and has helped to convict hundreds of violent predators and career criminals.
During his tenure on the Schenectady City Council from 1996 through 1999, Gary served as President in 1998 and Chair of the Finance Committee for his entire term.
After leaving elected office, Gary began working with other board members and elected officials to rethink the way that agency, and the myriad of others focused on economic revitalization, did business.
Gary rejoined the City Council in 2005, was re-elected for a second, four-year term in 2009, and was elected council President in January 2010.
Gary R. McCarthy assumed the role of Acting Mayor of the City of Schenectady in April 2011, bringing with him more than three decades of experience in government and politics and a reputation as a hands-on, accessible, public servant who believes that government can be a force for positive change in the lives of its residents. He was elected to a full four-year term as Mayor in November 2011.
Mayor Gary McCarthy says ..., 17 Feb 2015 [cached]
Mayor Gary McCarthy says Schenectady will build on its successes this year regarding crime, finances and economic development - "you can bet on it."
McCarthy delivered his 2015 State of the City address to a packed house at City Hall Monday evening, focusing on the positive development the city experienced last year and how he is looking to continue that momentum of growth this year. "This is our 217th year as a city," he said. "That is a long time covering some good times and some more challenging periods. 2014 was a very good year, and we should all be excited about the future." He opened his speech with a recap of the economic development projects that have either been completed, are currently under construction or were just announced last year. A majority of those projects are in downtown, along State Street and Erie Boulevard. "We revitalized lower State Street with investments by the city, Metroplex and National Grid of over $4 million," said McCarthy, a Democrat, who took office in 2012. "In addition, $14 million was spent on the rebuilding of Erie Boulevard. We have successfully transformed the western entrance to the city." He highlighted development projects including a proposed $20 million investment by Prime Companies and Highbridge Development to transform several properties on State Street and Erie Boulevard into apartments and retail space, and the multi-million dollar renovation of 251 State St., named the NYBizLab, to house companies under the state's business tax incentive program, START-UP NY, in partnership with Schenectady County Community College.
McCarthy said that since he has been mayor, the city has paved an average of 8.5 miles of city streets each year, compared with an average 2.6 miles the previous four years. He announced a plan to call on the City Council to adopt a paving program that would seek to pave more than 10 miles of streets this year. McCarthy also anticipates that repairs to the Oak Street Bridge will begin later this year, after a structural analysis of the bridge is completed in a few months. Councilman Vince Riggi, the only non-Democrat on the City Council, questioned where the funding would come from for the paving project and repairs to the bridge. Overall, he said McCarthy's speech "didn't surprise me." "We're still waiting to find out if the bridge has to be replaced or rebuilt," Riggi said after the State of the City. "That will make a huge difference in terms of the time of repairs. If it has to be replaced, I don't see it reopened by the end of this decade." NEIGHBORHOOD FOCUS Aside from downtown, McCarthy said "we continue to make major investments in our neighborhoods" with the demolition of dilapidated homes using a $3 million U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development loan and attracting more owner-occupants to the city leveraging his Home Ownership Made Easy in Schenectady (HOMES) program.
McCarthy said seven homes have been demolished using funds from the HUD loan last year. Up to 70 more demolitions are slated over the next year, he said. That's on top of five demolitions last year through the Capital Region Land Bank, leveraging a $3 million grant from the state Attorney General's Office. The Land Bank plans to demolish another 40 buildings and rehabilitate about 25 homes over the next year. About 42 real estate agents marketed 101 of the city's foreclosed properties, he said. Of those properties, the Realtors sold 56 of them, generating $721,000 in revenue for Schenectady last year. Also in 2014, seven new homes were built and 33 housing units were rehabilitated. Riggi said he would like to see the development of the city's neighborhoods "happen faster" and that the demolition of buildings is not the only way to address problems, such as crime, in residential areas. "The concept of just demolishing buildings and selling houses to people is good, but we have an element in some neighborhoods that no matter what you do there will not be any change," Riggi said. McCarthy said he is expecting the city's third consecutive surplus. In 2014, the city started with a $14.4 million fund balance in the general fund, an increase of $1.6 million from the previous year, he said.
"We have the largest, most impressive partnership in the region happening here in Schenectady," McCarthy said.
It appears McCarthy also coined a new casino-related phrase for the city, ending his speech with six words - "Schenectady: You can bet on it."
The City Council Chambers at Schenectady City Hall are packed Monday evening for Mayor Gary McCarthy's State of the City address. PETER R. BARBER/ GAZETTE PHOTOGRAPHER
PETER R. BARBER/GAZETTE PHOTOGRAPHER Schenectady Mayor Gary McCarthy delivers the State of the City address Monday as City Council President Margaret King and City Clerk Chuck Thorne listen.
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