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New York News
12:23 pm
Wed December 24, 2014

Losing NY Casino Bidders Move On

Mayor Kathy Sheehan saw one missed casino opportunity after another slip past the city of Albany, including the Hard Rock proposal just across the river in Rensselaer.
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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.

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Central New York News
3:18 pm
Sun December 21, 2014

Oneidas Opening New Casino Near Syracuse

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The Oneida Indian Nation has announced plans to open a $20 million casino with a "Wizard of Oz" theme in the village where Oz author L. Frank Baum was born.

Ray Halbritter, chief executive officer of the Oneida Nation, tells the Syracuse Post-Standard (http://bit.ly/1wSda3w ) the casino will open in the spring in Chittenango, 14 miles east of Syracuse.

The Oneidas announced plans for the Yellow Brick Road Casino four days after a state panel recommended licensing three non-Indian casinos, including one 42 miles west of Syracuse.

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New York News
4:56 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

New York Board Reveals Winning Proposals for Casino Resorts

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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

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New York News
4:09 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

NY Casino Decision Expected December 17

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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.

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New York News
4:34 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

NY Casino Board Meets As Decision Nears

A decision on where to build up to four casinos in upstate New York could come any day. The board reviewing applications for the casino licenses expects to make its choices at its next meeting.

Sixteen proposals for casino licenses have been submitted.

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.

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New York News
7:47 am
Sun October 26, 2014

Local Economies A Factor As NY Mulls Casino Sites

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  Developers competing to build a casino near Binghamton claim that this Southern Tier city has been listed among the most depressed, obese, pessimistic and fastest-shrinking in the nation. 

It may seem odd for backers of the Traditions resort to highlight local lowlights to the state officials who will soon choose upstate casino sites. But a big goal of New York's gambling expansion is to bring jobs to upstate areas that need them the most. Casino applicants like Traditions are promoting not only their ability to make money with a local casino, but also how badly it is needed.

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New York News
6:12 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

Public Comment Period On Casino Proposals Underway

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Three days of public hearings on casinos planned for upstate New York began today in Albany County.

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New York News
6:35 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

Upstate Casinos: Choosing Sides

Anti-casino group "Save East Greenbush" has 3,000 petition signatures opposing the siting of casino on Thompson Hill Road. Over the weekend, a new tractor sized “NO CASINO” billboard appeared at the roundabout on Routes 4 and 151 in East Greenbush.
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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.

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New York News
12:35 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

Developers Pitch Upstate NY Casino Projects

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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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Capital Region News
12:50 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

A Tale Of Two Casinos And A City

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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.

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