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Jerry Jennings, outgoing Mayor of Albany. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/30509276@N00/359000915/">Christine Jackowski</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Jerry Jennings, outgoing Mayor of Albany. Photo: Christine Jackowski, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Albany mayor making exit after 20 years in office

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Jerry Jennings has spent his last day as mayor of the city of Albany.

The 65-year-old teacher-turned-politician has walked out of Albany City Hall for the last time as mayor Wednesday afternoon, ending a 20-year run of leading New York state's capital city.

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Jennings decided earlier this year not to run for a sixth term in office. In November, Democrat City Treasurer Kathy Sheehan won the race to replace Jennings. When she's sworn in on New Year's Day, Sheehan will become the first female mayor in the Albany's 300-plus-year history.

When Jennings won his first mayoral election 20 years ago, he was just the third mayor elected in Albany since 1941.

A "walk out" ceremony was held for Jennings early Wednesday afternoon at city hall in downtown Albany.

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