Owners of the Saratoga Casino and Raceway have dropped a push to bring Las Vegas-style gambling to the city known for its horse racing in favor of a proposal to build a casino closer to Albany.
The facility's owners say Monday that they will seek a license to operate a casino in East Greenbush in Rensselaer County, just across the Hudson from the state's capital.
The decision came after officials and residents in Saratoga Springs objected to plans for a full casino.
Groups interested in winning one of four upstate New York casino licenses have until Wednesday to pay a $1 million application fee. Selections will be made in the fall.
A state constitutional amendment passed last year authorizes the casinos. A majority of Saratoga County voters opposed the measure.
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