The decision on New York’s casinos finally has a date.
The state Gaming Facility Location Board plans to announce sites it recommends for up to four casino licenses during a public meeting in Albany on Dec. 17.
Following a meeting of the state Gaming Commission on Monday, executive director Robert Williams said the board has tentatively scheduled their final meeting on Dec. 17.
That meeting will be open to the public and will most likely be held at the Empire State Plaza.
The Gaming Facility Location Board has met in executive session three times in the past two months to discuss the financial history of 16 casino applicants pursuing proposed projects in the Capital Region, Catskills/Hudson Valley region and Finger Lakes/Southern Tier region.
The five-member board, handpicked by the Gaming Commission, will recommend up to four sites for casino licenses, which will later be awarded by the Gaming Commission.
The Gaming Commission will provide licenses for casinos only after developers have obtained the required approvals and permits needed for construction.
There are four proposals for casinos in the Capital Region at Howe Caverns in Cobleskill, Thompson Hill in East Greenbush, de Laet’s Landing in Rensselaer and the former Alco site in Schenectady.
There are also nine proposed projects in the Catskills/Hudson Valley area and three in the Finger Lakes/Southern Tier area. According to the Upstate NY Gaming and Economic Development Act, each region can be awarded one license and one region, assumedly the Catskills/Hudson Valley, can receive two licenses.
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