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Public hearing set for Monday on plan for casino in Schenectady

Public hearing set for Monday on plan for casino in Schenectady

The casino debate is about to begin in Schenectady.

The casino debate is about to begin in Schenectady.

The county Legislature will hold a public hearing on Monday, June 2, at 7 p.m.

The hearing was scheduled with little notice as government leaders scramble to make a decision by the end of June. There isn’t enough time for the usual process, in which public hearings are often announced weeks in advance.

The hearing will be at the county office building, 620 State St., on the sixth floor.

It will be held during the regularly scheduled Economic Development committee meeting.

The hearing suggests that the legislature will later vote on whether to support the casino. For the casino application to proceed, a “host” government agency must pass a resolution of support by June 30.

The Schenectady City Council is split on the issue, and may not pass a resolution.

The proposed casino would be built on the former Alco property, next to the Mohawk River. Although details are sparse, local officials said the casino developers promised to build a small entertainment venue, so that it would not compete with Proctors, and that they would pay above minimum wage to all their workers.

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