No new casino proposals for Hudson Valley-Catskills; state to seek new ones for second Southern Tier casino

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NEW YORK – The state’s Gaming
Facility Board Tuesday night voted to issue a request for applications
for a second gaming casino in the Southern Tier region. Any thoughts of
a second facility in the Hudson Valley-Catskills were dashed. Only the
Empire Resorts’ project in Kiamesha Lake was chosen last month.

Gaming Board chairman Kevin Law said they stand by their decisions. “There
are winners and there are losers,” he said.

The board chose not to support any casinos in Orange County and felt two
in Sullivan would not make economic sense, Law said. As for the Nevele
proposal in Ellenville, he said it “didn’t make it on its
merits.”

Any new applications for the greater Binghamton area must not be previously
submitted ones, but new plans, the members emphasized.

Up to four casino sites were to be chosen under the first round and since
one was selected in each region last month, Governor Cuomo recently sent
a letter to the gaming board urging it to consider a second one for the
Southern Tier.




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