Gary McCarthy

City of Schenectady

Schenectady, like many other Northeastern cities that once hosted a major manufacturer, faced hard times as the payrolls at GE were cut and the downtown stores and the shoppers headed to the suburban malls. But with word that a major riverside casino and development are coming, there is renewed optimism in the Electric City. Mayor Gary McCarthy, who gave his state of the city address this week, says the casino is just one reason why Schenectady is looking forward.

Gary McCarthy for Mayor

Prior to Monday's meeting of the Schenectady City Council, Mayor Gary McCarthy delivered his state of the city address.

He told lawmakers that the city will finish the year with a small budget surplus, but noted that there are still challenges that need to be addressed, including the city’s vacant properties.

WAMC's Patrick Donges recently spoke with Mayor McCarthy, asking him first about how the city managed a surplus despite the dire financial situations being faced by other localities, and whether there is proposal in development for siting a casino in the city.