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Albany County Executive Mike Breslin will not seek fifth term

Albany County Executive Mike Breslin has announced today that he will not be seeking re-election and his current term will expire on December 31, 2011.

\Serving as Albany County Executive has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life, Breslin said in a press release. "I look forward to fulfilling my commitment to the voters of Albany County by serving through 2011. We've made government more open, professional, transparent and accountable with a focus on public service. Over the course of my tenure, I have accomplished what I set out to accomplish and now it is time to move on to new challenges and opportunities."

Breslin was appointed Albany County Executive in January of 1995 and was elected to his first full term in November 1995.

The press release lists some of the achievements Breslin has accomplished during his term such as expanding support for seniors and individuals with disabilities wanting to remain in their community with a home and community based services model. He also implemented several shared services to work with municipalities aimed at making government work more efficiently.

During his time in office, Breslin created the Department for Children, Youth and Families in 2001. This was meant to consolidate the delivery of services for at-risk children.

UPDATE:

The Spotlight just got off the phone with Breslin as he does his marathon of interviews with the press today. He said he is happy with what the county has been able to accomplish over the past 16 years and said he feels he has done a lot of positive things, which is something he aims to continue.

"I want to make sure the legacy continues," he said of finishing out his term. "Through the next 8 months, I look forward to those challenged, particularly during these times, the bad economic times."

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