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Differing views expressed over casino in Schenectady

The former Alco factory site along Erie Boulevard in Schenectady, pictured recently, is the site of a proposed casino.
The former Alco factory site along Erie Boulevard in Schenectady, pictured recently, is the site of a proposed casino.
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The news of a potential casino proposal in Schenectady got mixed reviews from residents and legislators Thursday. Reactions ranged from enthusiasm to doom. “I think it’ll be good for the city,” said Mary D’Alessandro, president of The Stockade Association. The Stockade is one of the neighborhoods close to the proposed casino. “It will help its tax base, and I think it will help in other areas — it will bring in more people and jobs,” ...

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JoeK
April 25, 2014
7:29 a.m.

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The problem with our city is we are afraid of change.People can come up with any bogus argument to prevent it.Finally tax relief of 20%,thousands of new jobs and redevelopment.I will take the change and so would most sane people.

JIMOCONNOR
April 25, 2014
7:38 a.m.

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Where's the other two council members' opinions

joycemadre
April 25, 2014
8:46 a.m.

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people who go to casino's will spend their money there and not patronize other local establishments. Thats noted by all communities with casino's. The jobs will mostly still be hospitality, Schnenectady needs to expand the job base beyond that.

mezz3131
April 25, 2014
10:04 a.m.

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Maybe people will spend their welfare checks at the casino instead of $100 dollars at a rip buying scratch off lottery tickets, therefore making convenience stores convenient again....it's a win win.

schdyres
April 25, 2014
10:40 a.m.

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It will take a mobilization of city residents just as in Saratoga to stop it. The city council already has out the rubber stamps!
Promises of tax relief and jobs!, jobs! jobs!--the usual scam while the 1% benefit. The Stockade leader had better call a meeting before she speaks out of order again.

JoeK
April 25, 2014
11:17 a.m.

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I wonder if Thomas Edison ran into this when he wanted to start GE in Schenectady.Lets stop the baseless arguments and move this city forward.

hodgkins.t
April 25, 2014
11:57 a.m.

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No mention in the article of the multiple meetings the casino developers have had with local politicians. Who was lobbied and by whom? When were they lobbied? What materials were presented to the politicians? What was discussed? What do the meeting notes say? Sunshine Please !
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Why is the developer hiding their proposal from the public? Why do they prefer the shadows?
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The City of Albany scheduled 6 public meetings, and has had many open discussions with the developer. Why in Schenectady do politicians not discuss what they know about the casino, and minimize public involvement in the deliberation and decision making process?
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Why has the Stockade Association not called a meeting to discuss and vote on the casino?

schdyres
April 25, 2014
12:48 p.m.

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JOE K uses terms like bogus and baseless but has nothing substantive to say about the documented legitimate concerns that led the majority of upstate residents to vote against casinos much less the objections of the business community and taxpayers in Saratoga.

SchenectadyScott
April 25, 2014
3:22 p.m.

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Joe K......Yes..Thomas Edison had GREAT OPPOSITION......the PEOPLE did not want it....the asking price was too high for Edison...the Business People....THE BUSINESS PEOPLE....not the tax payers had to come up with the asking price for Edison to buy the property and buildings...Read your Schenectady History...In the 1880s Thomas Edison was in the early stages of electrifying America around New York City when he became weary of the labor problems he was constantly butting up against. He determined to move his nascent machine works elsewhere. He heard tell of two buildings in the McQueen yard that were still not completed and came to Schenectady to inspect the facilities. He offered to buy them from the railroad men but his offer was $7,500 below the asking price.

Schenectady businessmen caught wind of the dealings and set out to cover the difference. They struggled to raise the money and were still $500 short with a deadline looming before Edison was to close a land deal in New Jersey. Although it was after hours the group's leaders knocked on the door of the Mohawk Bank anyway and indeed found the son of one their group working late. He agreed to put up the last $500 which was wired to Edison and closed the deal. The Edison works moved to Schenectady in 1886 and in 1894 the city was designated as the headquarters of General Electric.

SchenectadyScott
April 25, 2014
3:35 p.m.

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The 60-acre site at Exit 23 on the Thruway, on Albany's South Side which is the property owned by the Noonan clan, the maternal side of New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand's family, which should go a long way toward overcoming any unforeseen regulatory issues the project might face in Washington. The 1,800 permanent casino and hotel jobs created in Albany would all be unionized under the agreement, and virtually everyone working at the entertainment complex would be a resident of the Capitol District......Where do you think they are going to build this thing?

JoeK
April 25, 2014
5:15 p.m.

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Thanks for proving my point.Schenectady had the courage to move forward in the 1800s too bad it is lacking in the 2000s.

ldilallo
April 25, 2014
5:35 p.m.

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I agree with JoeK. Also, Edison left Joisey due to unionization of that plant.

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