January 2, 2019

SCHENECTADY — Start the New Year in style at Rivers Casino & Resort Schenectady, where Rush Rewards members will have a chance to win thousands in Free Slot Play, as well as up to 12 GMC Terrains during the $395K Win or Luge promotion.

Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday throughout the month of Jan., three guests will be selected per night to compete in a Rivers “luge” race for a chance to win the grand prize of a 2019 GMC Terrain AWD SLE. Guests that reach the end of the race first will have a choice to make – take the finish line prize of $2,000 Free Slot Play, or risk it all to spin the prize wheel for a chance to win the GMC Terrain.

Rush Rewards members will receive one $395K Win or Luge entry for every 20 points earned on slots, video poker and table games throughout the month, with double entries on Tuesdays and Wednesdays until Jan. 23. Entry activation is from 4 p.m. to 7:45 p.m., and drawings will take place at 8 p.m. on each drawing day.

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November 8, 2018

The Erie Canal is an unusual cruise destination for the northeast if you are used to boating on the ocean or sound.  There is something very different and special about taking your boat through the entire mid-section of New York State.  Here over the course of 339 miles, you take in the pretty countryside while stopping in some quaint and architecturally significant towns along the way.  On a lighter note, you will never have bad seas on this voyage. 
The Erie Canal opened the Midwest to the Atlantic Ocean in 1825 securing New York City as the lead port in the United States.  Governor DeWitt Clinton barged his party the entire length of the canal and then sailed down the Hudson River with a keg of Lake Erie water. Upon reaching New York City he poured the keg into the harbor proclaiming a “Wedding of the Waters” thus connecting the Great Lakes and Midwest to the Atlantic Ocean.   The canal lowered freight costs by 95% overnight and secured New York City as America’s top...

November 5, 2018

The Landing Hotel, an upscale boutique hotel overlooking Mohawk Harbor in Schenectady and adjacent to Rivers Casino, today announced its partnership with lifestyle brand Beekman 1802. The national brand, based in Sharon Springs, NY, is bringing its Fresh Air bath amenity line to all guests staying at The Landing Hotel.

“Featuring Beekman 1802’s Fresh Air line of bath products at The Landing Hotel is a perfect complement to our guest experience, which is focused on providing a luxurious, pampered and modern environment,” said The Landing Hotel’s General Manager, Laura Primiano.  “We are thrilled to be partnering with Beekman 1802, not only because they are a local company, but because their lifestyle approach to business is an ideal fit for the type of experience we have created here at The Landing Hotel.  We look forward to a long-lasting and fruitful relationship.”

The Fresh Air line is a fresh and contemporary bath amenity line that includes shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, lotio...

October 28, 2018

SCHENECTADY -- Dozens of volunteers from Union College and people from across New York state came together Sunday for a concert at Mohawk Harbor to remember the 20 people who died in a limousine crash in early October and honor the emergency personnel who responded to the scene.

The fundraising event dubbed Healing Schoharie was organized by the college volunteers and other local organizations, including Proctors, the Galesi Group and Rivers Casino & Resort.

The concert featured performances by local bands Skeeter Creek and Grand Central Station. Tickets to the event, which ran from noon until about 4 p.m., were $10. Druthers Brewing at Mohawk Harbor also committed to donate all proceeds from its beer sales at the event and 50 percent of all customer checks served at the restaurant. Other food vendors also donated a percentage of their sales 

Raffles with various prizes were also included in the day to raise money. All proceeds from the door fees and raf...

October 26, 2018

SCHENECTADY, NY (WRGB) A benefit concert has been announced three weeks after a deadly limo crash in Schoharie.

Local musical favorites Skeeter Creek and Grand Central Station will headline a benefit concert for the families of the victims and first responders of the deadly limousine crash.

The concert will be held Noon to 4:00 p.m. at Mohawk Harbor on October 28.

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WRGB, WRGB Staff. "Benefit Concert Aims to Help Heal Schoharie." WRGB. N.p., 2018. Web. 02 Nov. 2018.

October 20, 2018

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. (NEWS10) - Hundreds of people turned out for the Walk to End Alzheimer's at Mohawk Harbor in Schenectady.

The event focused on raising awareness to the disease and to get funds to fight the ailment. Activists say Alzheimer's is a disease that can't be prevented, cured or even slowed.

The walkers from Schenectady, Fulton and Montgomery Counties carried flowers representing their connection to Alzheimer's.

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Rush, Dave. “More than 500 Walk to End Alzheimer's Disease.” More than 500 Walk to End Alzheimer's Disease, 2018,

October 18, 2018

Schenectady's new $23 million Amtrak station opened Wednesday, two weeks ahead of schedule, as Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul touted the building as the latest improvement to the Empire Corridor, the busy passenger rail line running from Manhattan to Buffalo and Niagara Falls.

"This telegraphs to the world that we're prepared for the future," Hochul told a crowd gathered for Wednesday morning's ribbon cutting. Trains would begin using the station later in the day.

The project overcame some hurdles, including an early request for bids that brought just one, from Jersen Construction of Waterford, that came in $10 million over the $12 million to $15 million initial estimated cost of the project.

The state Department of Transportation then broke the project into two phases.

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Anderson, Eric. “Schenectady Amtrak Station Opens Ahead of Schedule.” Times Union, Times Union, 17 Oct. 2018,

October 18, 2018

(Schenectady, N.Y.)–– Discover Schenectady, Schenectady County’s Convention and Visitors Bureau, today
announced that the New York State Canal Conference and the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC)
have selected Schenectady County to host their next conferences, bringing nearly 500 attendees to the area
between the two events. The NALC Conference will draw visitors to Schenectady County from across the
nation, while the New York State Canal Conference is a statewide gathering.
NALC’s two-day conference will be held at the Rivers Casino & Resort in March of 2019, while the New York
State Canal Conference will be held in Fall of 2020. Attendees of the NALC Conference will be staying at
hotels throughout the region including, The Landing Hotel, Courtyard by Marriott Schenectady at Mohawk
Harbor, DoubleTree by Hilton Schenectady, Hampton Inn Schenectady, and Homewood Suites Schenectady .
“Meetings, conferences, and conventions continue to bring more people here to Schenectady Co...

October 16, 2018

SCHOHARIE — Local musical favorites Skeeter Creek and Grand Central Station will headline a benefit concert for the families of the victims of the Schoharie limousine crash as well as the first responders at the scene of the deadly Oct. 6 incident.

"Healing Schoharie" will be held noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28, at Mohawk Harbor in Schenectady.

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased online or at the door.

The concert will open with a special performance featuring Union College's three a cappella groups: the Eliphalets, the Dutch Pipers and the Garnet Minstrels.

The event will also feature food vendors, a raffle of items donated by local businesses, kid activities and more. There will also be a "live jukebox" in which each band will play special requests for a donation.

Druthers Brewing Co. at Mohawk Harbor will donate all proceeds from its beer sales at the event, as well as 50 percent of all customer checks for meals and drinks served in the restaurant.

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