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Column: Casino criteria could leave New York county in the cold


Filed Under: New York | Opinion
More on: catskills, new york
   

This graphic from The Middletown Times Herald-Record shows locations of casino proposals in the Catskills region of New York: 3 for Mohegan Tribe; 4 for Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation; and 8 for Stockbridge-Munsee Band.

Columnist says county that has been courted by tribes and developers might not win a license for a commercial casino in New York:
Folks in Sullivan consider casinos an entitlement, their God-given right as long-suffering Sullivan taxpayers, a bridesmaid to Indian tribes across New York and a half-dozen neighboring states who have what has remained an unfulfilled decadeslong quest.

Good or bad, profitable or not, an economic engine or fool's gold, Sullivan County wants one. Or two. And they'll be damned if this dream is suddenly dashed just because some casino operators think they have a better shot at hitting it big in Orange County.

But Sullivan is not entitled.

And let me tell you, folks, ripping into Orange County officials and blaming longtime supportive Sullivan lawmakers for somehow not being supportive enough isn't going to get you any closer to that gold ring.

Especially since it appears that the criteria for the dozen Hudson Valley/Catskill applicants to get a casino will be based as much on the location that can make the most money for New York and less on the economic needs of a community and a county.

Get the Story:
Barry Lewis: Sullivan's not entitled to the casino it deserves (The Middletown Times Herald-Record 4/29)

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