Office of the Albany County Legislature

Sean E. Ward (D) (C) (I)

Sean E. Ward (D) (C) (I), 16th Legislative District

Albany County Legislative District 16

112 State Street, Room 710
Albany, NY 12207
Phone: (518) 447-7117

Committee Assignments: Personnel, Health, and Public Safety

Prior Committee Assignments: Civic Center (Chair)

Sean E. Ward has been an Albany County Legislator since 1995, representing residents of the 16th Legislative District. Sean was elected Chairman of the Legislature in 2016 and served for two years in the position. Prior to that he was Deputy Majority Leader from 2000-2015. His 16th Legislative District encompasses all of the Village of Green Island and portions of the Cities of Cohoes and Watervliet and the Town of Colonie, including all of Maplewood.

As the former long-time chair of the Civic Center Committee, Sean was active in promoting the Civic Center. During his 10 years as committee chair, annual operating income exceeded $1 million for seven consecutive years, once topping $2 million; the arena signed a 10-year naming rights contract with Pepsi Bottling Group guaranteeing $3.6 million in revenues and another $2 million in promotional spending; corporate suites were fully occupied, and the arena attracted the highest-caliber entertainers and musical events for patrons of all ages. The arena also became home base for the Siena College men's basketball team. 

During Sean's tenure as Chair of the Legislature, the arena went through a rebirth with extensive renovations including a fully enclosed atrium area which only solidifies its standing as "Upstate New York's Premier Sports and Entertainment Facility". The Albany County Nursing Home was saved after attempts to close it and is now undergoing a major transformation to get it ready for the future. All legislative meetings are now on video including live streaming of all full legislative meetings. The Legislature's website was updated and agendas and videos of all meetings are available for viewing at anytime. The Ethics Board was convened by Chairman Ward in May of 2016 and is a viable and active body today serving the people of Albany County.

He served as Chairman of the Legislature's 2000 and 2015 Redistricting Commissions and the Item-Pricing Subcommittee. In addition, Sean chaired the Legislative Tobacco Task Force which was charged with developing a policy on distribution of Albany County's share of the national tobacco settlement that is still saving taxpayer dollars today. Sean also represented the Legislature on the Albany County Traffic Safety Awareness Committee and is presently a Commissioner on the Albany County Water Purification District Board.

Among his legislative accomplishments are the securing of $500,000 for Green Island's Cohoes Avenue reconstruction project and $400,000 to advance construction in downtown Cohoes from the County's "Advantage" economic development program. Additionally, he helped secure legislative approval for $140,000 in job creation and retention grants for Green Island Empire Zone businesses through the Business Incentive Fund. These funds helped to enhance economic development efforts in those two communities by creating businesses that brought with them just under 1,000 jobs and increasing the tax base substantially.

Active in organizations devoted to youth activities, Sean was head coach of the Heatly High School girls varsity basketball team and the Heatly boys varsity baseball and soccer teams. He was inducted into the Heatly School Athletic Hall of Fame as a player and coach in 2007. He also has coached soccer in the Watervliet Youth Soccer Program, and coached Academy Of The Holy Names, St. Basil's and Youth of Green Island (YOGI) CYO basketball, Green Island Little League, Spring and Devilcats youth baseball, and St. Brigid's girls softball. He was an active participant of the Albany Sports Foundation and Project CARE, a program devoted to helping youth avoid alcohol and drugs. He has also served on the Local Organizing Committees for three NCAA basketball tournaments that have been held in Albany.

Sean is Executive Assistant to the Mayor of Green Island and was Green Island Town Supervisor from 1988-95. He also is Chief Executive Officer of the Village of Green Island Industrial Development Agency (IDA) and a member of the Board of Directors of the Green Island Senior Citizens. Sean and his wife, Colleen, are the parents of two adult children, Taryn and Christian.

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