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Months of discussion about jobs, development and construction came to naught for several losing communities last week when just three casino projects got the green light from New York state’s gaming commission. But, communities and developers that lost casino bids are on the rebound.

Last week, the state’s Gaming Facility Location Board rejected 13 proposals in favor of projects in Sullivan, Seneca and Schenectady counties.

Save East Greenbush

On Monday, Capital Region casino applicants presented their proposals to the New York State Gaming Commission’s location siting board. Politicians and citizens are lining up in support of particular venues.

The board heard Monday from four developers that want to build casinos in the greater Albany/Saratoga region. Applicants were given 45-minute blocks to show promotional videos, run through economic and revenue statistics and argue why they deserve a casino license.


On Monday, the four Capital Region casino applicants appeared in Albany to present their proposals to the New York State Gaming Facility Location Board.

With gamblers seemingly preferring to visit smaller casinos closer to home, the presentations four developers delivered before the New York State Gaming Commission’s location siting board offered practical mid-size packages.    "We are committed to developing the best site there is in a way that best serves this community, its citizens and its economic goals"

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Developers seeking state permission to open 16 proposed casinos in upstate New York are presenting their plans before a state board today.

The New York Gaming Facility Location Board is holding two days of presentations from developers today and Tuesday at Empire State Plaza Meeting Room 6,in the shadow of the state capitol.

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As established casinos across the Northeast close their doors or administer cost-cutting measures, New York is just getting into the game.  And although it won’t host a casino if its own, Albany has become a key player.

The mantra has been "jobs and the economy," and New York's capital is crossing its fingers, hoping for a windfall should a casino go up in nearby Rensselaer County.

Long before final word from the gaming commission, the casino siting process has local governments and residents taking positions and forming alliances to woo or shoo casino developers.

Kathy Sheehan

The mayor of Albany has reached a 10-year agreement with Capital View Casino and Resort, the proposed project across the river in East Greenbush. Kathy Sheehan says the Capitalize Albany Corporation will receive $1 million a year if the Churchill Downs/Saratoga Casino and Raceway-backed project gets the lone Capital Region casino license. The Albany Common Council is reviewing the written proposal. The city has already tepidly backed the other Rensselaer County casino proposal, but not exclusively.

Last night the Albany Common Council voted to support the Rensselaer casino project. But there's still a lot of uncertainty and dealmakers are facing criticism.  

WAMC composite photo by Dave Lucas

Casino developers have upped the ante in a bid to secure support from the city of Albany.

WAMC composite photo by Dave Lucas

Even though the city of Albany is out of the competition to land a casino, the Common Council may soon get to vote on supporting one.


How likely are you to visit one of those new casinos when they open for business in New York?