U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand has stated she has no involvement in any discussions related to the sale of her family’s Albany-area land to a casino developer.
Gillibrand said that she has no involvement in any future sale of the 60 aces owned by her family to casino developers. The Democrat said she trusts Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan’s judgement on whether the land located near New York State Thruway exit 23 would be a suitable location for a casino.
Albany’s Common Council held a public hearing Monday night on the E-23 proposed plan to locate a casino adjacent to Exit 23 on the NYS Thruway. The council introduced a resolution supporting the casino, a step that's been in the works since last week, after representatives from Pinnacle Entertainment, a Louisiana-based casino management company, visited Mayor Kathy Sheehan at city hall on Saturday. Meanwhile, Albany Common Council member Judd Krasher said he was troubled by the process and felt not enough questions were answered for him to be able to vote in favor of the proposal.
"There is simply no way I will be able to vote for a casino in Albany," Krasher said.
Add one more voice of support for an Albany Casino - The Exit 23 or E23 as it's called casino proposal got a strong endorsement from Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple - the Sheriff dashed a letter off to the developer and Capital OTB expressing his "unequivocal support for Project E23' - which sits on land owned by US Senator Kirsten Gillibrand's family, its strategic location isolating it from Albany neighborhoods.
Capital District OTB has partnered with a Rochester developer - they've come up with a $300-million idea to build a casino at Thruway Exit 23. Albany Common Council members were briefed on the plan Friday afternoon.