RENSSELAER, N.Y. – A unanimous vote on Resolution 2 has given the green light to contrast 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 spot in mind for the potential casino site.
"DeLaet's Landing, it's the perfect spot right on the river," says Dwyer.
"No more room for housing, having to look at businesses and the riverfront, that is where the future is," said the President of the Common Council Harry Adalian.
It took council members only a half hour to deliberate before all 10 voted in favor of Resolution 2.
Mayor Dwyer also says he wants to keep people from going to other cities to spend money that should stay in his city.
“It'll highlight Rensselaer, it'll bring Rensselaer into the forefront as far as visitation from people,” says Dwyer.
Even though Saratoga 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.
Dwyer says “People don’t want it there we want it here.” Dwyer is referring to the vote this past Election Day, where the majority of Saratoga County Residents voted against the casinos coming to Upstate New York.
The mayor says he wants to keep people from going to other cities to spend money that should stay in his city.
Rensselaer County was the only Upstate NY county to approve Cuomo's proposition to create several Las Vegas-style Casino's in the state.