Commission OKs retail building at Mohawk Harbor site


SCHENECTADY — The city Planning Commission approved a retail building at the Mohawk Harbor site and single-family homes along Barrett Street during a meeting Wednesday evening. The commission unanimously OK’d the Galesi Group’s proposal for a coffee shop and bank by the future Rivers Casino and Resort at Mohawk Harbor and a total of 25 single-family […]

Casino, and more, rise at Schenectady’s Mohawk Harbor


The Rivers Casino & Resort at Schenectady’s Mohawk Harbor is starting to take shape. Overlooking the manmade harbor, steel has risen for the $330 million casino project, which includes a parking garage and boutique hotel. Also in the works at the site: A 206-apartment building with retail on the first floor and a new 68,000-square-foot office […]

Building with bank and coffee shop planned for Rivers Casino site


SCHENECTADY — The Galesi Group is proposing a retail building by the future casino to house a coffee shop and a bank, both with a drive-thru. The Rotterdam developer is seeking site plan approval from the city Planning Commission next week for a 4,000-square-foot building that will house a coffee shop and a bank to serve […]

Galesi eyes dock to attract larger boats at Mohawk Harbor


SCHENECTADY — The Galesi Group is seeking state funding to build a dock that will accommodate tour boats at the Mohawk Harbor site. The city applied on Galesi’s behalf for $1.5 million in state funding as part of the state’s Regional Economic Development Council awards, which are typically held at the end of the year. David […]

All In: Schenectady’s Future with a Casino


PHILADELPHIA, PA. — On the western shore of the Delaware River in Philadelphia, north of Interstate 676, lies the historic Fishtown neighborhood. It is one of the city’s oldest industrial neighborhoods, dating back to the fishing industry in the 1700’s. By the turn of the 21st century, Fishtown was a failing neighborhood, and many of Philadelphia’s […]

Rivers Casino & Resort Announces Hiring for New Management, Specialist and Director Level Positions


SCHENECTADY, NY —Rivers Casino & Resort Schenectady announced today the next step in its hiring process, and another milestone in bringing hundreds of jobs to the Capital Region. Interested candidates can now apply for a number of Management, Specialist and Director Level positions. These positions include: ·       Slot Technical Shift Manager ·       Slot Operations Shift […]

All In: A Future with Rivers Casino


DES PLAINES, Ill. — No one can perfectly predict the future. It is what keeps gamblers coming back to the table for “the thrill of the unknown.” In business though, where the stakes are much higher, merchants and cities prefer more assurance of success. And unlike coin flips or blackjack hands, the history of one […]

Sneak peek: Gaming executive shows casino layout


SCHENECTADY — The Rivers Casino and Resort at Mohawk Harbor is 18 percent complete and is on target to open at the end of the first quarter of 2017. Gazette photographer Marc Schultz and I got a sneak peek inside the casino on Wednesday, where 75 percent of the concrete has been poured and 2 percent […]

Courtyard Marriott in Schenectady Names General Manager & Director of Sales


For Immediate Release Media Contact: Brooke Spraragen Director of Project Planning and Marketing Galesi Group The Courtyard Marriott in Schenectady has hired General Manager Jeff Michaelson and Director of Sales Tom Gabriel to lead the opening of the hotel in Mohawk Harbor.  The 124 room Courtyard is due to open in October of this year. Michaelson […]

Rent starts at around $1K for Mohawk Harbor apartments


SCHENECTADY — The Galesi Group launched a new website with additional information about the future apartments at Mohawk Harbor. The website — — includes 26 layouts for the 206 apartment units, which include studio, one- and two-bedrooms along with two-bedroom loft style units along the Mohawk River. Rents range from $977 to $3,050, according to the website. […]

A View from Above: Copter Provides Unique Look at New Projects, Old Favorites


From the air, everything looks different. On Thursday, Gazette photographer Marc Schultz and I took a helicopter ride to get an aerial view of ongoing projects and popular sites in Schenectady. We got a look at the Mohawk Harbor site off Erie Boulevard, where construction is quickly moving ahead for the Rivers Casino and Resort […]

Rivers Casino & Resort Schenectady Celebrates Construction Milestone with Topping Off Ceremony


CHENECTADY, NY — Representatives of Rivers Casino & Resort Schenectady were joined today by local officials, community leaders and construction partners to mark a milestone in the construction of the $330 million gaming facility with a topping off ceremony. Leadership from casino operator Rush Street Gaming, representatives from the city and county and members of […]

New York casino project hits milestone

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) – Work on a new casino planned for upstate New York is hitting a critical construction milestone. The developers of the Rivers Casino & Resort in Schenectady will host a “topping out” ceremony Monday. The event celebrates the placement of the building’s last steel beam. Local officials and construction workers are expected […]

Office, Retail Building Approved at Mohawk Harbor


SCHENECTADY — The Schenectady County Metroplex Development Authority approved a three-story office and retail building at Mohawk Harbor with a payment in lieu of taxes agreement during a meeting Wednesday evening. The $25 million, 65,800-square-foot building will include ground-floor retail space with office space on the top two floors. Construction could start on the building as […]

Rivers Casino & Resort Schenectady to Hold MWBE Vendor Event in Albany


ALBANY — Rivers Casino & Resort Schenectady is calling minority-, women- and disadvantaged-owned business enterprises to take advantage of an upcoming opportunity to hear from and interact with officials from Rivers Casino & Resort Schenectady as it relates to procurement. The MWBE Vendor event will be held at the Albany Marriott, 189 Wolf Road in […]

300 executives attend Power Breakfast on Rivers Casino


How is the $330 million Rivers Casino & Resort impacting the local real estate market? How much will casino dealers earn? How much demand is there for office and retail space at the $150 million Mohawk Harbor development in Schenectady, New York? Those questions were the focus this morning at the Albany Business Review’s Power Breakfast […]

What the casino means to Schenectady

Tens of millions in tax revenue, 1,200 new jobs, 2.8 million annual visitors and jumps in property value across Schenectady. Those are some of the benefits expected from the new Rivers Casino coming to Mohawk Harbor in Schenectady, which was the topic of the Albany Business Review’s Casinos Power Breakfast, held Friday at Key Hall […]

Rivers Casino & Resort Schenectady Submits $50 Million Gaming License Fee


SCHENECTADY, NY —Rivers Casino & Resort Schenectady submitted today a $50 million gaming license payment to the New York State Gaming Commission. Under New York State’s gaming law, a portion of the fee will be distributed to local governments. The City and County of Schenectady will each receive a payment of $2.5 million. Additionally, $5 […]

Rivers Casino & Resort Now Accepting Resumes for Select Open Positions


SCHENECTADY, NY —Rivers Casino & Resort has announced the next step in its hiring process, and another milestone in bringing hundreds of jobs to the Capital Region. Starting today, descriptions for select positions are being posted at, and resumes are being accepted for certain open positions. Interested parties can find job listings under the […]

Mallozzis to feed casino crowd; Family gearing up to run several Mohawk Harbor food operations


SCHENECTADY — Schenectady’s new casino will feature two well-known restaurants — Johnny’s and Villa Italia. The Mallozzi family is planning to open scaled-down versions of Italian restaurant Johnny’s on State Street and Villa Italia Bakery on Broadway at the future Rivers Casino and Resort at Mohawk Harbor. Bobby Mallozzi said the family-owned company, the Mallozzi Group, […]

Lt. Gov. Hochul Visits, Says Schenectady Is Going Places


SCHENECTADY — Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul said she believes the Schenectady casino will be a “destination” and that the future Electric City Apartments is a “hip” project. Hochul visited Schenectady on Tuesday, touring construction at Mohawk Harbor, new companies at the New York BizLab, an apartment project at State Street and Erie Boulevard and workforce training […]

Mohawk Harbor Bike Trail to Be Named after Alco


SCHENECTADY — The Schenectady County Legislature plans to name a new bike trail at Mohawk Harbor after the American Locomotive Company as the City Council mulls street names on the site. The Legislature is scheduled to vote on a resolution during a meeting Tuesday evening naming the future bike-hike trail at the old Alco site along […]

Inside the old Alco site’s quick transformation


SCHENECTADY — A majority of the buildings slated for the Mohawk Harbor site in Schenectady will be built or under construction by the end of the year. Work is underway on a Courtyard by Marriott hotel and apartment building on the 60-acre riverfront property. The Rivers Casino and Resort at Mohawk Harbor is also starting to […]