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City of Cohoes Mayor

The Mayor is the chief executive officer and the highest elected official of the City of Cohoes. The Mayor appoints the heads of departments, as well as members of various commissions, committees, and boards needed to administer the City’s affairs. The office is responsible for the overall management of City government, its personnel, services, and programs. Salary for this position is $75,000

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    William T. Keeler
    (Dem, Con)

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    Stephen A. Napier Jr
    (Ind, WF)

Biographical Information

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Community Involvement Youth Basketball Coach at former Cohoes Consolidated Catholic Schools and Harmony Hill School. Founding member and past Chairman of the Cohoes Board of Ethics Current Vice-Chairman of the Cohoes Industrial Development Agency. Former Chairman of the Albany County Crime Analysis Center.
Experience and Qualifications 2018-Present Bill currently serves as the vice-chairman of the Cohoes Industrial Development Agency (IDA) Board of Directors. The seven-member board seeks to encourage economic growth through financial incentives, thus advancing the job opportunities, health, general prosperity and economic welfare of the people of the City of Cohoes. 2015-2017 Chairman, Albany Crime Analysis Center One of four such centers in Upstate New York that use technology to support intelligence-led policing. 2011-2015 Board Member, Crime and Justice Policy Advisory Group (The Sage Colleges, Albany, NY) Member of six-person panel that advises and makes recommendations to college administrators regarding course curriculums
Biography William T. Keeler was born on February 22, 1963, the second of four children of William J. Keeler, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran of WWII and Korea, and Margaret Cummings Keeler, a homemaker. Bill and his siblings were raised in the Manor Heights section of the city's fifth ward. A lifelong Cohoes resident, Bill graduated from the former Keveny Memorial Academy in 1981, at which time he began dating his future wife, Nancy Kawola. He earned an Associate in Applied Science degree from Hudson Valley Community College (1983), a Bachelor of Science degree from Russell Sage College (1994) and a Master of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from the State University of New York–University at Albany (2002). Bill began his career in public service in 1984 as a patrolman on the Cohoes Police Department before joining the New York State Police in 1987. As a trooper, he patrolled southern Rensselaer County out of the East Greenbush barracks until he was promoted to sergeant in 1994. As a sergeant he was assigned to stations in Stormville (Dutchess County), Brewster (Putnam County) and Kingston (Ulster County) where he served as the first-line supervisor for the troopers working out of those barracks. In 1998 Bill was promoted to Lieutenant and transferred to Ray Brook (Essex County). During his tenure as Lieutenant he was temporarily assigned to Division Headquarters (Albany) as part of a four-person team that authored promotional examinations for the positions of Sergeant and Lieutenant. In 2002 Bill was promoted to Captain and assigned to the busiest barracks in the state, Plattsburgh (Clinton County). As the Zone Commander, Bill was responsible for actively supervising over 100 NYSP employees covering the three-county (Clinton/Essex/Franklin) area. In 2009 he was able to transfer to the Schodack (Rensselaer County) station as the Zone Commander overseeing NYSP activities in both Rensselaer and Albany counties. In 2013 he was promoted to Major and served as the Director of Training at the NYSP Academy, administering all training programs and schools. In 2014 he served as the Director of Aviation, heading up the Division Aviation Unit. In 2015 Bill was appointed Troop Commander of Troop G and assumed responsibility for the work and supervision of approximately 700 sworn members and civilian employees in the 10-county (Capital-Saratoga Region) Troop. Two homicides on his first day as Troop Commander presaged what would be an eventful assignment right up until his retirement in 2017. Throughout Bill's far-ranging career, he often commuted to work before sunrise and arrived home after sunset, but he never moved from Cohoes. Additionally, from 2007-2014 Bill moonlighted as an adjunct professor, teaching course topics including "Ethics," "Policing" and "Terrorism" at Russell Sage College (Troy) and Sage College of Albany. After retiring from law enforcement and teaching, Bill built new homes on a three-lot subdivision on Western Avenue, reaffirming his commitment to Cohoes and adding to our city and school property tax rolls. Nancy and Bill are the proud parents of four children: Carolyn (Joe) Santoro, Annmarie (Todd) Potts, Billy (Kaitlyn) Keeler and Megan (Drake) Galarneau. They also have six delightful grandchildren: Sophia, Lucas, Olivia, Kennedy, Kylie and Will.
Occupation and Special Skills Bill Completed a 30 year career with the New York State Police. As the Commander of Troop G, he oversaw a workforce of 700 men and women of various ranks and assignments. He managed a $100 million budget. He interacted with mayors, town supervisors, and county and state officials up to and including the governor. Former Cohoes City Police Officer Custom Home Builder (Former) Adjunct Professor - Russell Sage College (Ethics, Policing, Terrorism)
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Bill Completed a 30 year career with the New York State Police. As the Commander of Troop G, he oversaw a workforce of 700 men and women of various ranks and assignments. He managed a $100 million budget. He interacted with mayors, town supervisors, and county and state officials up to and including the governor.
Lack of faith and trust in city government.

Bill will lead by example. He will surround himself with a team of top notch talent, and he will listen to their council before making the complex decisions often required. Bill will restore honor and integrity to city hall. He will remove politics from the police department, thus restoring the public trust that has been lacking during the current administration. A Keeler Administration will be open and transparent, and we’ll pro-actively seek community input in all manners of governance.
Make Cohoes an “All America City” once again.

Bill will accomplish this by repairing neglected infrastructure city-wide. Replacing sidewalks will make for a walkable city. Paving roads so they are worthy of our vehicles. Fixing water lines so they reliably deliver clean water year round, and also stemming the loss of 1.5 million gallons of treated water daily. Restoring our magnificent City Hall and Library to their former glory. Re-opening our Public Library on Saturdays. Re-opening our Community Center. All these things will reinvigorate Cohoes and make it worthy of “All America City” designation.
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Community Involvement Current member of Cohoes Common Council. Financial sponsor and volunteer with many organizations throughout the City and region.
Experience and Qualifications Graduate, Cohoes High School, HVCC (AS), Excelsior College (BA) I've worked with Mayors and State Level elected officials on communications and campaign management for nearly a decade. Prior to that I worked for the DNC under President Obama's OFA initiative, working with communities throughout Upstate New York. For the past three and a half years I have served as a member of the Cohoes Common Council, tackling issues from pot holes to personnel, and helping to oversee a $22 Million budget. I've worked with every department in the City, which has prepared me to step into the role of Mayor on day one.
Biography I was raised in Cohoes by my parents; Steve and Denise (Archambeault) Napier. I went to Cohoes Schools from Kindergarten to graduation, graduating from Cohoes High in 2001. I have an A.S. from HVCC and a B.A. from Excelsior College. I have lived with my husband on Harvard Street since 2013.
Occupation and Special Skills As a communications consultant for elected officials throughout the region, I have the relationships established to repair strained relations with the State, County and surrounding municipal leaders. It is only by repairing these relationships that we can hope to see investment in our community bounce back.
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I have served for the past 3.5 years as a member of the Common Council. In that position I've worked with every department in the City. When a constituent has a need or a concern it has been my job as their Common Council representative to see that they get the service from their City that they deserve. Because of that I've learned the ins and outs of City government. That has prepared me to lead the City forward as the next Mayor.
Our biggest challenge is that we are a City divided. From the halls of City Hall to the stools at the local diners, we are divided along lines of political allegiances. As Mayor I will work to bring us back together by working toward the things that our City truly needs, infrastructure repair, improved public safety, and small business investment.
I want to enact ethics reform including term limits, banning double dipping of City officials drawing two city funded paychecks, and strengthening anti-nepotism standards. I want to enact a sidewalk improvement program to help homeowners to address broken and heaved sidewalks that hurt our ability to walk the City. I want to increase our investment in the next generation by bringing in a youth services librarian to our Library, offering city sponsored programming (partnered with the school district) to graduating seniors who wish to attend college or enter a trade, and turning City Hall into a cultural center to host student science fairs and art shows because it sends a strong message to those students that education and the arts are valued in this community. Most of all, I want to bring people of Cohoes back together. We are much more similar than we are different, and I want to remind everyone of that fact.