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article imageDates for public comments regarding casino plans established

By Nicole Weddington     Aug 12, 2014 in Business
The public of New York will be able to share their views regarding recent proposals for new private casinos in the state by the end of September.
It’s an incentive launched by New York’s Gaming Facility Location Board, aiming to have voters choose four new casinos to be given licenses to open for business.
The cities of Albany, Poughkeepsie and Ithaca will be hosts to these events, which will be held on September 22, September 23 and September 24, respectively. Each will run from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
A press release from the board expressed that these events will “provide opportunity for members of the public in each eligible region to comment before the board in support of or opposition to any particular applicant’s proposal within the respective region.”
For the public encounters, the board chose cities that had no new proposals for casinos but that were still within regions where licensing was applicable. These were similar criteria chosen by Canadian authorities when they recently considered setting up an online casino in Canada.
There are 16 developers in all, eight of which are veteran companies like Caesars Entertainment and Genting Group. One group from Amsterdam, in Fulton County, sent the board an incomplete application and was therefore rejected.
The three main areas of interest to these companies are the Albany area, a zone including Orange County, in the Catskills, and one portion of Southern Tier that covers a section of the Finger Lakes. The Catskills area is the most sought after from the competing companies because it’s quite close to New York City.
None of the casinos will be able to be constructed on the western side of Route 14, as that is territory pertaining to the Seneca Nation; they control and coordinate casino production in most of western New York, including an area stretching from Wayne County to the border of Pennsylvania.
The public events being held in Albany, Ithaca and Poughkeepsie will be the only opportunity the public will have to comment and vote on the proposals they think are best. It’s the board’s way of making sure they select the casino proposals that are in the highest demand among local residents.
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