A search-and-recovery mission continues at the scene of two burned-out apartment buildings in Schenectady.
It's been a week since the five-story brick buildings along Jay Street, not far from City Hall, were ravaged by a pernicious blaze that ultimately affected about 60 people. Seven people were hospitalized, including one individual who jumped out of a five-story window to escape the intense flames.
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.
Capital region leaders—including Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan, Schenectady Mayor Gary McCarthy, Troy Mayor Lou Rosamilia, Assemblymember Pat Fahy, Proctor’s CEO Philip Morris, Albany Common Councilmember Dan Herring, Center for Economic Growth CEO Mike Tucker, and former Assemblymember Jack McEneny—all called today for Dr. Andrew Hendricks, the founder and chairman of the Half Moon replica, to reconsider his announcement last week to move the ship to the Dutch city of Hoorn
The mayors of the tri-cities are on board of an initiative to try to keep the Half Moon replica ship docked locally on the Hudson River.
Built in 1989 by Dr. Andrew Hendricks, The Replica Ship The Half Moon is a working, full-scale model of the Dutch vessel noted explorer Henry Hudson sailed in 1609 when he discovered the river that bears his name.
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today traveled to Schenectady and Sullivan Counties to celebrate the Gaming Facility Location Board's decision regarding the new resort gaming destinations that were selected for each of the regions.
One day after the New York Gaming Commission’s Facility Location Board gave the green light to three casino proposals, the celebration was on in Schenectady today. At Proctors Theater, officials touted the prospect of continuing Schenectady’s economic renaissance with a gambling windfall.
A second year of "Countdown to Coverage" kicked off in Albany today. Government and community leaders shared the podium to let area residents and small business owners know they need to enroll in health coverage by February 15th through the New York State of Health Marketplace — and how to get free help to do so.