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Mayor Daniel J. Dwyer was first elected to office in November of 2005, taking office in January of 2006 and is currently serving his third term as the 32nd Mayor of the City of Rensselaer.

Born in Cohoes, New York, his family moved to Rensselaer when he was one. Mayor Dwyer is a graduate of St. John’s Academy and later, St. Michael’s College with a degree in Business Administration. Upon graduating from St. Michael’s, he entered pilot training in the United States Air Force, receiving his pilot wings one year later. Upon his discharge four and half years later, he went to work for Pan American Airways, where he was a career pilot for 26 years, retiring in 1991.

The Mayor and his wife, Kathleen, had just celebrated their 51st wedding anniversary in September of 2011, before her passing that December. He has two children and is the proud grandfather of five grandchildren. His son, Daniel, has been the Director of the Youth Bureau of the City of Rensselaer since 2002.

Prior to his becoming Mayor, Mr. Dwyer served on the Civil Service Commission in the City of Rensselaer in 1963 and the Zoning Commission from January of 2002 until December of 2005.

In the eight plus years that he has been Mayor of Rensselaer, a part-time position in which he applies full time hours to, Mayor Dwyer and his Council members have accomplished moving City Hall to its new location, moved the Police Department to their new home, built a new Department of Public Works Garage, built a new North End Fire House, moved the Rensselaer City Court into the current City Hall location and relocated the Rensselaer Library. 

 

Experiencing financial problems when he first took office, the Mayor quickly moved to stabilize the financial situation of the City.  After three years, the City of Rensselaer was awarded an “A” Bond rating and after five years, received an “AAA” rating.

Having established the foundation for the City to move forward, his focus is to bring more business into the City. The Mayor’s goal is to take the tax burden off the residents and to create desperately needed jobs.  Rensselaer’s business friendly environment gives a most promising thought to further expansion of the already growing Beverwyck Business District.  With DeLaet’s Landing on the Rensselaer Riverfront being considered as a possible spot for one of the seven casinos that Governor Cuomo is planning to put in New York State, the Mayor’s days have become exceedingly more hectic. Bringing the prospect of a Hard Rock Hotel to be built on that site is just one more accomplishment that the Mayor has attained.  It’s just a matter of time before this little city takes its place on one’s agenda as a destination spot.