Hardly anyone even notices it. They held citywide elections this November. Anybody know who won? Does anybody know who ran? Who’s the mayor? That’s right folks. Were talking about the city that sits on the eastern side of the Hudson River, just across the Dunn Memorial Bridge. The city of Rensselaer. A week or so ago, they announced that they (the city) were going guns-a-blazin forward to lure the powers that may be to locate one of Governor Andy’s new upstate Vegas style casinos in their fair city. Albany County voted against it. Even usually pro- gambling Saratoga County voted no. I guess it’s probably a long shot — no pun intended — but just think about it; Rensselaer has a spot just tailor made for a casino, and it just happens to fit into some revitalizing plans they were hoping to go with, but were having some problems in getting a suitable developer to come up with some cash. Problem solved. As a matter of fact, the city would probable roll out the red carpet to any and all proposed ”casino operators” who will foot the bill. It’s in a perfect location, with ideal access to all the Interstate highways that run through the Capital District. Additionally, it would also solve Albany’s Downtown revitalization woes. Just think, Mayor-elect Sheehan; even with the presence of the casino across the river, which would undoubtedly come with a hotel, there still would be the need for additional hotel space to accommodate the crowds. And to all the Albany Aquarium supporters, you could probably get a developer to cough up some green to fund your project. Just think. With the addition of a casino just a couple of good golf shots away, you could have an influx of visitors to this great city, the seat of New York, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Just think of all the new businesses. We could have Pawn Shops, 24 hour a day Check Cashing stores so you can cash your paycheck on the way to the casino when all the banks are closed — shoot, the casino would cash your check — 24 hour a day Diners, Souvenir Kiosks on all the corners of Broadway selling I Heart Albany memorabilia. Job creation. Albany will need more Police Officers, maybe more Firefighters. There will be a need for more Taxi Drivers, Limo drivers, and a host of hospitality help. In short, a long term economic boon to Albany. So, go for it Rensselaer. Maybe Kathy Sheehan will send one of her new members of the Transition Team to help with the negotiations. Myself, I’m gonna invest in a boat. One that I can ferry folks across the river to the casino, just like they do in Laughlin, Nevada across their river. More job creation. I can’t work the boat 24 hours a day. Oh, by the way. The mayor of Rensselaer is Daniel Dwyer.……….I’m sure glad that Christine Quinn has herself a new job. Where but in Albany County can you lose your job because you got yourself arrested for an illegality, and even before your case has been decided, either in a court of law or in the DA’s office, you walk yourself into another high paying appointed county position. Now I’m a believer in second chances, but I firmly believe that Dan McCoy should have had her lay low until the outcome of her situation was determined.……….Speaking of Kathy Sheehan and her Transition Team that was announced this past week. I don’t think the President had one as large. It appears that Kathy is trying her best not to tick — I wanted to use a different word — anybody off by not choosing them, which is the progressive way to do things. A little over a month left to the end of the Jerry Era. Note to the citizens of the City of Albany: You have no idea at this time just how much you are going to miss Jerry Jennings.
And that is “The Daily Take”