Meeting of the Minds Speaker

Gary McCarthy


City of Schenectady, NY

Gary R. McCarthy has served as Mayor since April 2011, bringing with him more than three decades of experience in government 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 second four-year term as Mayor in November 2015.

In 2016, Mayor McCarthy appointed a Mayoral Smart City Commission to take advantage of new technology for superior delivery of government services and improved quality of life. The Schenectady Smart City Advisory Commission is led by Mark Little, former Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and Senior Vice President/Director of GE Global Research, and is working on a variety of technology and sustainability initiatives.

The City of Schenectady and National Grid are currently working with the Public Service Commission to deploy a city-wide Smart City REV Demonstration Project. Vendor partners such as AT&T – GE- Intel and Cimcon-Cisco-Itron-Presidio will develop software-enabled intelligent NLC nodes (Natural Language Classifier nodes) and smart city sensors nodes that will convert National Grid’s existing street lighting system into an advanced LED street lighting platform for smart city technology and services. This multi-partner effort is designed to allow for flexibility, cost effectiveness and scalability throughout the city.