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Mayor Dan Dwyer

Sabrina Flores

Former acting Rensselaer Mayor Rich Mooney is trying to win the job back.

Mike Stammel
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

The mayor of Rensselaer may have to pick between that job and the county legislature this year.

St. John the Evangelist and St. Joseph Church on Herrick Street, Rensselaer
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Funeral services were held this morning for longtime Rensselaer Mayor Dan Dwyer.

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Rensselaer City Hall will be closed Monday in observation of the funeral of Mayor Dan Dwyer.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

The longtime mayor of Rensselaer has died.  Dan Dwyer’s replacement was sworn in today.

Composite photo by Dave Lucas/WAMC

A major fire in the city of Rensselaer Tuesday evening damaged several apartments on the 1400 block of 1st Street.

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The Mayor of Rensselaer has been re-elected.


In November, voters in the Hudson riverfront city of Rensselaer will pick between three-term Democratic incumbent Mayor Dan Dwyer and first-time candidate Jim Konstantakis.

Rensselaer Is On A Roll

Oct 21, 2016
Mayor Dwyer celebrated the groundbreaking of a new $3 milllion Hudson River walkway at De Laet's Landing.

The city of Rensselaer missed out in the casino sweepstakes and the chance to revitalize its waterfront. Then, a second chance to build a SUNY Poly tech hub apparently ran aground. Could the third time be a charm?

Dredging To Occur in Rensselaer Neighborhood

May 9, 2016
Dredging is set for a close-knit neighborhood in Rensselaer.
Rose Schneider

The chemical manufacturer BASF recently reached an agreement with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation to dredge contaminated river sediment from the site of its former dye plant in Rensselaer. It’s at the end of a residential street that runs along the river. The company is expected to begin the cleanup at the end of the year, but some residents are concerned.

SUNY Poly Announces Partnership With Rensselaer

May 7, 2015

Rensselaer may have missed out on the casino sweepstakes and the chance to revitalize its waterfront. But now, SUNY Polytechnic Institute is eying a site downtown where it hopes to build a tech hub and employee housing.

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Public officials in areas denied casinos have begun to raise their voices. This comes on the heels of Governor Andrew Cuomo's letter to the state Gaming Commission, urging the panel to reopen bidding for a casino in the Southern Tier. New hopes have emerged for two failed projects.

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As established casinos across the Northeast close their doors or administer cost-cutting measures, New York is just getting into the game.  And although it won’t host a casino if its own, Albany has become a key player.

The mantra has been "jobs and the economy," and New York's capital is crossing its fingers, hoping for a windfall should a casino go up in nearby Rensselaer County.

Long before final word from the gaming commission, the casino siting process has local governments and residents taking positions and forming alliances to woo or shoo casino developers.