The topic during Thursday morning’s breakfast at a county Chamber of Commerce in New York is casino gambling. The speaker wants to see a few casinos built in the Catskills.
New York state Republican Senator John Bonacic, who chairs the Senate Racing, Gaming and Wagering Committee, is addressing the Ulster County Regional Chamber of Commerce’s monthly breakfast meeting to talk about the statewide constitutional amendment to allow up to seven gambling casinos in upstate New York, a proposal set to appear on the November 5 ballot. Opponents say the proposal fails to speak to the negatives of what they call predatory gambling. Bonacic’s district includes Wawarsing in Ulster County, where the Nevele resort, which closed in 2009, is slated to come back as the Nevele Resort, Casino & Spa, entirely dependent upon the passage of casino gambling. Bonacic is also chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, which has oversight of proposed constitutional amendments.