The Mix for the Week of April 27, 2020: Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan, restauranteur and Lark Street BID Chair Patrick Noonan

This week on The Mix, Liz and Joe discuss their own updates regarding their lives in the age of coronavirus – and a promise for a patio drink when it’s all over.

This episode’s guests are:

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan (start listening at 8:04) is in her second term as Albany, N.Y.’s 75th mayor. Mayor Sheehan has dedicated her administration to creating a city of opportunity, leading with a commitment to equity and responsive government that includes diverse community voices.

Under Mayor Sheehan’s leadership, the city adopted its first new zoning code in more than half a century, secured unprecedented new State aid, became the third City in the U.S. to implement Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion, which provides alternatives to arrest for certain non-violent offenders, and secured millions of dollars in funding for workforce development.  She also invested in new IT systems, created an Innovation Office, and implemented numerous cost-saving initiatives that improved the city’s bond rating and held the line on taxes. The mayor joins us on The Mix to give us an update on Albany’s response to the coronavirus.

Patrick Noonan (start listening at 28:40) is the owner and proprietor of El Loco Mexican Cafe on Madison Avenue in Albany, in addition to chairman of the Lark Street Business Improvement District’s board of directors. Under Noonan’s leadership of the BID board, business occupancy has increased in addition to the BID’s events – including Larkfest, Art on Lark, and Champagne on the Park – have evolved with increasing support from the surrounding neighborhoods. A 2019 Albany Business Review 40 Under 40 recipient, Patrick joins us on The Mix.

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