Buicko family gathers for special dice toss before Rivers opening


SCHENECTADY — Dave Buicko and his father, Frank, used to drive around the Mohawk Harbor development every Saturday morning and watch as the old industrial site slowly evolved into the home of Rivers Casino and Resort. The weekly drives stopped when Frank’s health deteriorated recently. The 93-year-old has Parkinson’s Disease and had one of his legs […]

Schenectady casino opening one week away


SCHENECTADY – Excitement is building in Schenectady, where Rivers Casino opens in exactly one week. What was begun by a statewide referendum has now become a local reality. The industrial brownfield that sat vacant along the banks of the Mohawk River for decades has now been converted into the Rivers Casino and Resort. “This is not about […]

A look inside Rivers Casino as it readies for opening day

With a week until opening day, Rivers Casino and Resort in Schenectady is nearly ready to show its hand to the public. Outside the building, workers donning green vests hammered away to put the finishing touches on the $330 million project before doors open for good next Wednesday at noon. Inside, a “mock casino” day was underway as staff members […]

Rivers Casino to open at noon on Feb. 8 in Schenectady


Rivers Casino and Resort in Schenectady will open at noon on Feb. 8, officials announced Wednesday. The facility’s gaming area, entertainment lounge and dining options will open to the public in two weeks, roughly one year after the casino hosted a ceremonial groundbreaking. Officials announced the grand opening date in November, but revealed Wednesday that visitors could […]

New Schenectady casino expects crowds on opening day


When SugarHouse Casino opened in Philadelphia, the long line of gamblers included a man who had stood waiting at the front of the queue for more than 12 hours. At Rivers Casino in suburban Chicago, so many showed up on opening day that the gambling floor quickly hit its 3,600-person capacity, forcing officials to ask […]

Union Pacific acquires Railex


The nation’s largest railroad is taking over the massive fresh fruit and vegetable shipping operation in the Rotterdam Corporate Park. Union Pacific announced it has acquired the refrigerated and cold-storage facilities of Railex in Rotterdam; Wallula, Washington; and Delano, Calif. Railex employs the full-time equivalent of about 300 employees in Rotterdam, which is the eastern […]