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Deadline approaches for commercial casinos in New York

This image 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.

Wednesday is the deadline to submit a $1 million non-refundable application fee for a commercial casino in New York.

The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation and the Mohegan Tribe, both based in Connecticut, confirmed to The Middletown Times Herald-Record that they will apply by tomorrow. Both tribes are seeking casinos in the Catskills, a region about 90 miles north of New York City.

The Stockbridge-Munsee Band of Mohican Indians of Wisconsin is also expected to enter the Catskills race. At the same time, the tribe is pursuing an off-reservation casino under the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act.

The Catskills region will receive two commercial casino licenses. The actual fee for a license is expected to run as high as $70 million.

Last November, voters approved a referendum [PDF: Proposal 1] to authorize up to seven casinos in the state.

Get the Story:
5 groups say they'll ante up $1M for casino entry (The Middletown Times Herald-Record 4/22)
Proposed Catskills casino opens headquarters in Liberty (The Legislative Gazette 4/21)
Paperwork, financing among casino hurdles (The Middletown Times Herald-Record 4/6)

Related Stories:
Mohegan Tribe continues to expand gaming push in other states (04/07)
New York requires non-refundable $1M fee for commercial casino (04/01)
Column: Stockbridge-Munsee Band back in Catskills casino race (03/24)