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Schenectady explosion claims life of former Rensselaer mayor

Police respond to the explosion on Wednesday morning. Police respond to the explosion on Wednesday morning. | Photo: WNYT.

WNYT Staff
Updated: August 05, 2020 08:41 PM
Created: August 05, 2020 09:34 AM

Former Rensselaer Mayor Joseph Kapp has died after an explosion in Schenectady.

It happened around 7 a.m. Wednesday at Innovative Test Solutions on Kings Road.

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Kapp was one of three people taken to the hospital. The other two victims' conditions aren't known.

"Joe Kapp leaves behind a legacy of service and accomplishment that greatly benefited Rensselaer County and the Capital Region. He served as mayor of Rensselaer, and undertook important projects to revitalize the city. He was recognized worldwide in profession. As a trustee of Hudson Valley Community College, he helped guide the college as it grew into one of the top two year colleges in the country, making a difference in the lives of many graduates and students," said County Executive Steve McLaughlin.

The City Codes department and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration are investigating.


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