Degliomini: “… let’s all work together”
MONTICELLO – The state license for the Montreign casino and resort is official, so the clock starts for the project to be up and running in two years.
“It’s an historic day,” Empire Resorts’ Vice President Charles Degliomini told the Monticello Village Board on Tuesday.
Empire received the only state-issued casino license in the Catskills-Hudson Valley region at the end of last year, but the official construction clock on the project at the site of the former Concord Hotel in the Town of Thompson hadn’t started to run until now and Degliomini said it will mean big things for Monticello, Sullivan County and the entire region.
“We’re back in the hospitality business; so, you never get
a second chance to make a first impression,” said Degliomini. “
So, when someone comes, some of our new four million visitors come to
the village or, some of our new employees, some of our new 2,200 employees,
want to come look at the village, understand what the opportunities are
here to live, work and play in the Village of Monticello, we have to put
our best foot forward. So, my message to everybody in the community is
let’s all work together: let’s work with the village government,
let’s work with our company, let’s work with the county, let’s
work with the town to make sure that we’re ready to provide that
hospitable environment because the more we put our best foot forward,
the more the advantage will be.”
Monticello Mayor Douglas Solomon said the village is excited about the newest development and the commitment to the local area by Degliomini and Empire Resorts.
“There’s going to be a lot of things happening between the village, the town, the county and Montreign; so, there will be quite a bit of collaboration,” Solomon said.
Degliomini used the opportunity Tuesday to announce additional developments in reference to the project itself and the existing Monticello Racino and Raceway, which is also owned and operated by his company.
Not only will the Montreign Casino/Resort be the only Five Diamond rated casino in the Northeast region, but will have an indoor waterpark that Degliomini claims will be superior to those of the Great Wolf chain, which operates in the Pennsylvania Poconos. The “Monster” golf course has been redesigned by famous golf course designer Reese Jones in order to be more playable for those who may not have the greatest golf skills. Also, since Five Diamond accommodations are not what every person is looking for in their gaming experience, Degliomini said that they have made investments to improve the existing Monticello Raceway and racino for the $100-150 gamer.
Montreign has a time lapse camera set up on their construction site, available on their website for anyone curious about their progress.