Schenectady County Legislature Marks Rivers Casino & Resort 3rd Anniversary in February
The Schenectady County Legislature recognizes the success of Rivers Casino & Resort, which opened in Schenectady three years ago. In those three years, Rivers has become an integral part of Schenectady County’s resurgence, boosting momentum and creating a new energy that can be felt beyond Mohawk Harbor and city limits.
“February marks the 3rd anniversary of the casino opening. We would like to thank Mr. Neil Bluhm and Mr. Greg Carlin from Rush Street Gaming as well as General Manager Mr. Justin Moore for investing in our community and for believing in the future of Schenectady County,” said Anthony Jasenski, Chair of the Schenectady County Legislature.
Due in part to revenue from the Casino, the County tax levy was held at 0 percent growth in 2017, 2019 and 2020, and lowered by 1 percent in 2018, saving Schenectady County property owners over $10 million.
“Rivers is a story of promises made and promises kept. The owners promised to create more than 1,000 jobs with good benefits and they did so. They promised to invest over $300 million and they did so,” said Legislator Gary Hughes, Chair of the Committee on Economic Development and Planning.
Rivers Casino & Resort is located at Mohawk Harbor, Schenectady’s waterfront development. In total more than $550 million has been invested in the casino, new office space, two new hotels, new apartments and townhomes, a marina, an amphitheater, hiking and biking trails and other amenities, including a new dock scheduled for completion later this year.
Rivers opened on schedule in February of 2017 and it was the first casino in New York State to go live with sports betting.
Team members at Rivers have logged thousands of hours of volunteer time at local charitable programs.