Thursday, February 8, 2018

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Casino signals “rebirth of the Catskills”

First day visitors try their hand at table games (photo: Anthony Lucarelli)

KIAMESHA LAKE – “I feel like I am in God’s country,” state Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul proclaimed during the formal ribbon cutting ceremony marking the opening of Resorts World Casino in Kiamesha Lake.

“This is the rebirth of the Catskills,” she said.”The days of New York State losing money to casinos in other states is over.”

“We don’t have to wait for results; we have them,” Governor Andrew Cuomo said in a recorded video message.

Hochul said the casino is but one component of the new economic development in Sullivan County, which will include the indoor waterpark, which is under construction.

She also noted the casino is up the road from Bethel Woods Center for Performing Arts on the site of the Woodstock Music Festival, which will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2019.

Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther said the opening of the casino is “a bittersweet moment for her as her late husband, Assemblyman Jake Gunther has pushed for casino gaming many years ago.

“I have such joy in my heart,” State Senator John Bonacic told the ribbon cutting ceremony. “Let the celebration begin.”


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