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NY Gaming Commission to award casino licenses Monday

NY Gaming Commission to award casino licenses Monday

The Gaming Commission plans to award casino licenses during a meeting on Monday.
NY Gaming Commission to award casino licenses Monday
Members of the Gaming Facility Location Board for the NYS Gaming Commission during public hearings that were held in Sept. 2014.
Photographer: Marc Schultz

The Gaming Commission plans to award casino licenses during a meeting on Monday.

The Gaming Commission will meet one more time before the end of year on Monday in New York City, according to the agenda released late Thursday night.

On the agenda is "consideration of gaming facilities licensing" for the Rivers Casino and Resort at Mohawk Harbor in Schenectady along with casinos in Tyre, Seneca County and Thompson, Sullivan County.

Gaming Commission spokesman Lee Park confirmed this morning that the commission plans to award the licenses during the meeting on Monday. The licenses come with a $50 million price tag for the three operators.

Park said earlier this month that it's possible the Gaming Commission would award casino licenses before the end of the year. Licenses could have been awarded as early as Sept. 30.

The Gaming Facility Location Board recommended the three upstate commercial casino projects for licenses last December. The developers have two years to build the casinos upon licensure.

A fourth casino license was also recommended in October for the Tioga Downs racing in Nichols, Tioga County. That casino would receive its license at a later date after the application is reviewed and background checks are conducted.

Rivers Casino developer the Galesi Group and operator Rush Street Gaming have said construction on the casino would start shortly after licensure. It is expected to take 16 to 18 months to build.

The $330 million casino is slated for the old Alco site, renamed Mohawk Harbor, off Erie Boulevard. The 60-acre brownfield site is also being developed with housing, hotels, office and retail and a harbor.

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