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New Schenectady train station small part of big revitalization project

July 11, 2017 06:30 PM

SCHENECTADY - Governor Cuomo hopes infrastructure improvements, including a new train station, can continue Schenectady’s re-birth.

Demolition on the old 1970s-era Amtrak station began on Tuesday. It should be finished sometime on Wednesday. That will pave the way for a brand new, $23 million station about 18 months down the line.

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It’s out with the old and in with the new as plans are revealed for a new Schenectady train station, the people who were there couldn’t contain their enthusiasm.

"It’s exciting news," exclaimed Democratic Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara of Rotterdam. "It’s another exciting milestone here in Schenectady and it seems like here in Schenectady, these celebrations come more often now."

Mayor Gary McCarthy says even though the project didn’t move as fast as he had hoped, he’s still appreciative for what’s coming down the track.

"It went from an alright station to one that commands a level of respect and really positions us for growth in the future, at the same time acknowledging the great history of this community and region," pointed out McCarthy.

Gov. Cuomo says the new train station represents the revitalization that is happening everywhere in upstate New York.

"We’ve taken the future into our own hands, we have a vision, we’re building, people care about upstate, people care about Schenectady, we’re putting our money where our mouth is and you see it coming up out of the ground. Like a Phoenix, it’s rising," described the governor.

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