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 programs at YouthBuild Schenectady.

Hochul, a former congresswoman from Buffalo, compared Schenectady to Buffalo, saying the Electric City is experiencing a revival “on steroids.”

“I’ve witnessed a transformation like this only one other place and that was the hardest hit place in the state of New York, which is Buffalo, my hometown, with an abandoned waterfront and abandoned steel plants,” she said during a CDTA bus tour of the Mohawk Harbor site Tuesday afternoon.

She described the future Rivers Casino and Resort at Mohawk Harbor as a project that would give “new hope” to the area and have a “ripple effect” for the entire Capital Region.

She also praised the developer for creating opportunities for local businesses, like the Mallozzi Group.

“This is not just a casino for people to go gamble,” she said during a meeting with The Daily Gazette’s editorial board after her tour of the city. “This is an experience. People are looking for a destination and conventions and want to bring their families.”

Viccaro, Haley. “Lt. Gov. Hochul Visits, Says Schenectady Is Going Places.”The Daily Gazette. N.p., 15 Mar. 2016. Web. 16 Mar. 2016.

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