Rensselaer Mayor Daniel Dwyer in a letter to Gov. Andrew Cuomo called for a re-opening of the Capital District casino siting process, questioning the feasibility of the rival selected project in Schenectady.

Dwyer called on Cuomo to push gaming regulators to essentially show their work by releasing the “score card” that led them to pick the Schenectady project over the Rensselaer proposal as well as “put aside” the initial recommendations of the siting board.

In a letter to Cuomo released on Tuesday, Dwyer points to Cuomo late last week calling on the state’s gaming facility location board to re-open the casino siting process in order to award a fourth casino license to a Southern Tier-based project.

The board this month recommended three projects in Seneca County in the Fingers, the Schenectady site and a project in Sullivan County.

Dwyer adds in his letter that the members of the casino siting board should be replaced with upstate residents who “understand the respective communities.”

It’s that downstate-centric perspective the led the siting board — composed of Long Island Association President Kevin Law, former New York City Comptroller Bill Thompson, former gubernatorial aide Paul Francis, Hofstra University President Stuart Rabinowitz and Westchester County attorney Dennis Glazer — to pick the projects they did, Dwyer charges.

“It is of little wonder that the choice for the Southern Tier project is actually located in the Finger Lakes,” Dwyer wrote in the letter.

CCE12302014_0001.pdf by Nick Reisman