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
Nevele Resort, Casino & Spa

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.”


Another casino unveiling is on tap for the Capital District.

The public will get a look at what developers envision for a casino that would be sited on 24 acres along the Hudson River in the city of Rensselaer - earlier this month the common council voted 6 to 1 approving the casino project, expected to include a hotel, gaming rooms and a parking garage.

Rochester developer David Flaum, Capital District OTB and the Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma's Global Gaming Solutions have partnered under the moniker NYS Funding LLC.


As some residents of one local community step up their resistance to a regional casino, people a few Thruway exits west are crossing their fingers that they could host a casino resort.

Foxwoods Ditches Bid For Catskills Casino

Jun 17, 2014
Rendering from Foxwoods Catskills Resort Casino

A second development group is dropping its proposal to build a casino in the Catskills, citing the possibility of a competing casino closer to New York City.

WAMC composite photo by Dave Lucas

Casinos top the list of issues that have been driving the area agenda. Governor Andrew Cuomo put the wheels in motion during his second State of the State address in 2012. "Let's amend the constitution. Let's do gaming right. Let's make it safe. Let's protect our people. Let's get the jobs back in New York."

The governor reasoned that building new gambling casinos would prop up New York's failing economy.   In November 2013, Cuomo's proposition was approved by voters, and  "casino chatter" has dominated the headlines ever since.

Genting Adds Second Casino Bid In Orange County

Jun 13, 2014

A developer with one proposed resort casino for Orange County has unveiled a second.

Nevele Team Unveils Design For Proposed Resort Casino

Jun 12, 2014
Keith Ferris

The team behind the only proposed resort casino for Ulster County unveiled the design and other details Thursday, merging the old with the new.

Nevele Resort, Casino & Spa

The team behind a proposed resort casino in Ulster County will unveil its final design and other details Thursday morning ahead of the June 30th application deadline for a state gaming license.