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Schenectady Mayor delivers 2018 State of the City

January 03, 2018 05:07 AM

Schenectady Mayor Gary McCarthy delivered his 2018 State of the City Tuesday night. He called the state of the city strong.

"We're continuing a lot of good things in Schenectady,” said McCarthy. “A lot of developments happening downtown, we're doing things in the neighborhood, it's a balance, engagement in the community where everybody's participating."

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Schenectady City Hall was packed with people. Before the Mayor delivered his address, three City Council members were sworn in. Also sworn in was City Court Judge Teneka Frost.

"I have a deep passion and love for the City of Schenectady,” said Frost “It's a great honor to serve this court."

Frost is the first African American woman to become a judge in the city.

“If you look at her resume, she's got a skill set that I will match up against anybody," said McCarthy.

As for his address, Mayor McCarthy said 2017 was a year of strong accomplishments for the city. He said property taxes have been cut for the past three years. McCarthy also said he hopes the city becomes a leader in technology through a new partnership with National Grid. He said later this week the company will file a smart City REV Demonstration Project application in partnership with the City of Schenectady and New York State Public Service Commission.

"We will do a city wide deployment of some of the smart city technology, which will allow energy savings, it will allow benefits for managing city resources,” explained McCarthy.

McCarthy briefly touched on Rivers Casino Tuesday night. He said it will soon be celebrating its one year anniversary.

While the casino didn’t bring in as much revenue as projected, the Mayor said it has benefited the city in other ways.

“It's a complimentary expansion of the work we're doing downtown around Proctors Theater and you've seen that, were downtown is benefiting,” said McCarthy.

And McCarthy said he hopes to build on that momentum.

"Create homeownership opportunities, to create real value, again, continue to attract people to the opportunities that exist in Schenectady,” said McCarthy.

Officials expect that when they close the books, the city's expenses will exceed its revenues by a small amount.

McCarthy also said once all the data for 2017 comes in, he expects it will show a reduction of more than 30 percent in violent crimes when compared to the city’s five year average.

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Emily De Vito

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