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12/18/14 Panel

Dec 18, 2014

    The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC's Alan Chartock, investigative journalist Rosemary Armao, and Associate Editor of the Times Union, Mike Spain.

Topics include Cuba, Fracking, and NY Casinos.

NY Casino Decisions Draw Closer

Nov 19, 2014

A panel tasked with reviewing applications for casino licenses in upstate New York is nearing recommendations on which to select.

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Massachusetts voters soundly rejected a ban on Las Vegas-style gambling Tuesday allowing casino projects to move forward in Springfield and eastern Massachusetts.   WAMC’s Paul Tuthill reports.

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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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There was a large turnout Tuesday for a public hearing on the nine proposed casinos for the Hudson Valley and Catskills. A constant stream of people continued throughout the New York State Gaming Facility Location Board’s 12-hour session in Poughkeepsie.

Less than two weeks after filing suit to halt a proposed casino project in one location, an Orange County village has filed a second lawsuit pertaining to another casino proposal in the county.

The Village of Kiryas Joel filed a lawsuit Tuesday against Woodbury town and village officials, Caesars Entertainment and partner Flaum Management and others, alleging failure to consider the environmental impact of a casino project. Paul Larrabee is spokesman for Kiryas Joel.

The head of the Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority says the operator of casinos in Connecticut and Pennsylvania will file applications for New York casino licenses in time for a looming deadline.

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Former Massachusetts Attorney General Scott Harshbarger has been providing free legal advice to those working to repeal the state's casino law. The State Supreme Judicial Court ruled on Tuesday that a ballot question to repeal the law can be placed on the statewide ballot on election day in November. Harshbarger says he was excited and satisfied by the courts decision to allow the vote.

Nevele Plans Community Rally

Jun 24, 2014
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Elected officials in Ulster County along with area residents will partake in a rally Tuesday morning to celebrate the completion of an application for the county’s only proposed casino.

Local Officials Say Newburgh Is Ripe For A Casino

Jun 20, 2014
WAMC, Allison Dunne

Two elected officials in Orange County have penned a letter to members of the New York State Gaming Facility Location Board, inviting them to tour an area they say needs a casino.

City of Newburgh Mayor Judy Kennedy acknowledged the Catskills’ need for a casino, but says:

“No one needs this more than the city of Newburgh.”

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