Public officials in areas denied casinos have begun to raise their voices. This comes on the heels of Governor Andrew Cuomo's letter to the state Gaming Commission, urging the panel to reopen bidding for a casino in the Southern Tier. New hopes have emerged for two failed projects.
Governor Andrew Cuomo wants to reopen the bidding for casino licenses in upstate New York to allow for a Las Vegas-style gaming hall in the state’s “economically ailing” Southern Tier. The governor sent a letter late last week to the gaming commission.
"I'll tell ya the truth... we have the siting board totally separate from the executive, from the legislative, and that's how I wanted it. These were very, there's a lot of money involved in these applications. And I wanted to keep it as far away from politics as possible." ~ Andrew Cuomo
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.
Word today that Schenectady has won the Capital Region casino race also means proposals for East Greenbush, Rensselaer and Howe’s Caverns are off the table. The decision ends an often bitterly contested, months-long campaign.
The long-awaited announcement from the state’s Gaming Facility Location Board came shortly after the board convened Wednesday afternoon in Albany. "In the Capital Region, this board recommends Rivers Casino and Resort" applause;cheers
A decision on where up to four casinos will be located in upstate New York is expected to be announced December 17, the date a board reviewing casino applications is expected to meet for the final time.
New York State Gaming Commission Executive Director Robert Williams announced plans for the meeting Monday during a meeting of the commission.
16 applications have been filed and up to four casino licenses are set to be awarded for three different upstate regions: the Albany-Saratoga area, the Southern Tier-Finger Lakes region and the Catskills and mid-Hudson Valley.