RENSSELAER, N.Y. – A unanimous vote on Resolution 2 has given the green light to construct a casino in the City of Rensselaer.
Rensselaer City Mayor Daniel Dwyer was the only person to speak during the public comment period at Wednesday's meeting. He spoke of other cities in need of revenue and also stated the city already has a location in mind for the potential casino site.
"DeLaet's Landing; it's the perfect spot right on the river," Dwyer said.
President of the Common Council Harry Adalian said, "There is no more room for housing. And the riverfront is where the future is."
It only took council members 30 minutes to deliberate before all 10 voted in favor of Resolution 2.
Mayor Dwyer also said he wants to keep people from going to other cities to spend money that should stay in Rensselaer.
"It'll highlight Rensselaer, it'll bring Rensselaer into the forefront as far as visitation from people," he continued.
Even though Saratoga Springs was believed to be on the short list to land a Las Vegas-style casino, city leaders in Rensselaer believe their city is prepared for the project.
"People don't want it there," Dwyer said. "We want it here."
On November 5, the majority of Saratoga County residents voted against casinos coming to Upstate New York.
Rensselaer County was the only Upstate New York county to approve Gov. Cuomo's proposition to create several Las Vegas-style casino's in the state.