City officials are hopeful that Rensselaer will be selected for a grant to help boost the downtown area.

According to The Record (Troy, NY), the city is hoping to receive a grant from Gov. Andrew Cuomo's Downtown Revitalization Initiative grant program, which will invest $100 million into 10 downtown neighborhoods across the state. The money would help the city invest in future development of the downtown Rensselaer and the waterfront areas. Rensselaer Mayor Daniel Dwyer said, "The city is investing in itself, and we are seeing a high rate of private investment as a direct result of improvements we are making. We have the train station right here, and lots of people pass through our city. We want to make downtown Rensselaer not a place people pass through, but a destination for recreation. With the DRI grant that we hope to receive, we will continue our investment and take advantage of our city's prime waterfront location.

Here's to hoping Rensselaer gets their wish.