The race for the last upstate casino license has just one runner — a blunt-talking real estate tycoon trying his luck for a second time in New York.

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It was just over six months ago that the New York State Gaming Facility Location Board announced that it was recommending three casino licenses. One was for the mid-Hudson Valley/Catskills region, in Sullivan County. WAMC’s Allison Dunne spent a winter's day in the area of Sullivan where the resort casino is slated to be built and encountered a lot of cautious optimism. Now that summer is nearly here, early visions of the region’s future are coming into focus.

New Jersey lawmakers introduced a bill Monday that would let voters decide whether to allow three new casinos in the northern part of the state just outside New York City. 

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The public will have an opportunity to weigh in on a proposal from Connecticut's two federally recognized Indian tribes to open additional, smaller, jointly-operated casinos to help fend off out-of-state competition.


A Finger Lakes thoroughbred racetrack with video lottery terminals has filed a lawsuit against New York officials for selecting a nearby casino they claim will siphon off customers.

The Finger Lakes Gaming and Racetrack filed a lawsuit against the state board that in December selected Lago Resort & Casino just off the Thruway in the Town of Tyre as one of three recommended sites for an upstate casino. Lago's developers also were named in the lawsuit filed last Friday in Albany.

A losing bidder for New York state casino license says Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is investigating a state board's recent selection of three casino proposals.

U.S. Senator Charles Schumer says a highway that runs through the Hudson Valley should be expanded. He says the expansion is key to accommodating the anticipated increase in traffic with a casino coming to Sullivan County.

Schenectady's planning commission has approved zoning changes that will help pave the way for construction of the new $330 million dollar Rivers Casino project.

The panel met Wednesday night, giving the go-ahead for development by changing rules to allow casino developers to put up buildings as high as 110 feet and 20 square feet of signage at the former Alco site, between Erie Boulevard and the Mohawk River.

111th district assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara:

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The developers behind a failed bid for a casino in Ulster County want to be included if a New York state board reopens the bidding process for a fourth license.

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has written a letter to the state Gaming Commission asking to reopen bidding for a casino in the Southern Tier.

The region was not granted a casino license in the first round of awards announced earlier this month.

According to the Democrat and Chronicle, the governor says the area could benefit from economic development.