ALBANY—Some arriving by tractor-trailer, a total of 16development teams involving 17 potential casino projects filedapplications for up to four casino licenses in three districts inNew York State to the state Gaming Commissionhere.

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Unofficially, a total of about 25,000 pounds of paper wassubmitted to the Schenectady-based loading dock of the New YorkState Gaming Commission by the 4 p.m. deadline yesterday, accordingto the Albany Times-Union.

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The deadline for filing applications to the New York StateGaming Commission was June 30. The commission's GamingFacility Location Board will hold hearings that willinclude oral presentations by the applicants on or after July 21and is scheduled to make its selection of gaming facility operatorsin the early fall. The Gaming Commission will select a total of asmany four destination gaming resorts in Upstate New York, includingat least one casino in three districts: Capital, Catskills/HudsonValley, and Eastern Southern Tier. Therefore it is possible thatone district could be awarded two gaming licenses.

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The Catskills/Hudson Valley region, which is the district somegaming observers believe could land two gaming licenses, saw eightdevelopment teams propose nine casino resort projects. Fivedevelopment teams proposed six casino resort projects in OrangeCounty, with Genting proposing separate projects in Tuxedo andMontgomery. There were two proposals submitted by separatedevelopers for different parcels at the former ConcordHotel in the town of Thompson in Sullivan County. Roundingout the proposals for the Catskills/Hudson Valley is a plan byNevele-R LLC for a casino and spa at the former NeveleResort in Ellenville in Ulster County.

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There were a total of five proposals for casino resorts in theCapital District and three proposals for a casino in the EasternSouthern Tier.

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Many of the development teams released statements regardingtheir submissions. In the Catskills/Hudson Valley district, the11th hour frenzy by developers to obtain land and secure necessarylocal resolutions of support from municipalities resulted in atotal of six possible casino sites in Orange County, which couldthwart Sullivan County's decades-long campaign to bring casinogaming to help revive the still struggling former Borscht Beltresort region.

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Orange County Executive Steve Neuhaus releaseda statement concerning the casino applications from Orange County,saying, “Orange County casinos can create more jobs than any otherin the state as well as compete with future gaming projects in NewYork City. Interest in our quality workforce and superiorinfrastructure has meant that, unlike other areas, we do not needtax breaks to bring gaming to Orange County. If the law isfollowed, Orange County is the obvious location for a casino.” Formore details on the casino filings in New York State, see story inthe Albany Times Union.

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John Jordan

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