Mayor of Schenectady
Gary R. McCarthy

Phone:  518-382-5000 Fax:  518-382-5272
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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.

Together, a team of city and county leaders created a unified economic development strategy under the umbrella of Metroplex, and the results have been impressive. Since 2004, Schenectady has undergone a renaissance.  An expanded Proctors Theatre now hosts large scale Broadway shows in the heart of a reinvigorated downtown.  We have welcomed a new hotel, cinema, restaurants, high technology companies, a YMCA, cafes and loft housing in our resurging downtown. GE has added over 1,000 jobs and major technology companies such as Transfinder and Quirky have expanded in Schenectady.  In the last several years our community has brought in over $600 million in new investment. 


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 McCarthy and his wife Caroline Boardman McCarthy reside in the City of Schenectady.

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Wedding Information:

Mayor McCarthy is able to perform weddings within the City of Schenectady.           

There is a fee of $75.00.

If you would like to be married by the Mayor, please call 382-5000 to make arrangements.

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