People looking to comment on casinos during a public hearing next month in Albany will have five minutes each to do so, the state Gaming Commission announced Thursday.
The Gaming Commission will host a public hearing at the Holiday Inn in Albany on Sept. 22 for local residents to voice their support and concerns about proposed casinos in the region.
The event will run from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. with five time slots per hour held for people who reserve to speak. The event is free and does not require registration, but speakers will be chosen on a first-come, first-served basis.
Reservations to comment can be sent to CapitalRegion@gaming.ny.gov until Sept. 19. Emails should include name, organization and desired time request.
Speakers cannot use visual aids but can bring posters and handouts. A copy of the poster can be submitted for the Gaming Commission to include in its formal written record.
In a news release, the Gaming Commission stressed that “disruptions will not be tolerated.” Anyone making offensive, insulting or threatening comments will be asked to leave.
The event will also be live streamed on the Gaming Commission’s website at www.gaming.ny.gov. Due to limited seating, the commission recommends people who are not speaking watch the event online.
The Gaming Commission is also accepting written comments about proposed casino projects at the event and up to seven days following the event.
Casinos are being pitched in Cobleskill at Howe Caverns, East Greenbush on Thompson Hill, Rensselaer at de Laet’s Landing and Schenectady at Mohawk Harbor. The Gaming Facility Location Board will award casino licenses in the fall.