New York Panel Announces Winning Casino Bids
By Tom Precious
December 17, 2014 3:23 PM
New York state, in its greatest expansion of gambling, has selected three
winning bidders to operate full commercial casinos in separate areas of the
state but rejected proposals by Genting Americas and Churchill Downs, Inc.
A panel of the state Gaming Commission Dec. 17 tapped ventures in the Catskills,
Schenectady, and near Senenca Falls to become the first non-Indian, full-blown
gambling halls in the state. They will offer real slot machines and table games
such as poker.
While it was authorized to pick up to four casino development winners, the panel
limited the selection to three.
The panel recommended a casino license be given to Montreign Resort Casino, to
be called Adelaar (Dutch for "eagle"), on the grounds of the former storied
Concord Hotel in Sullivan County in the Catskills. The project is a venture of
Empire Resorts, which runs the nearby Monticello Casino & Raceway and EPR
Properties. The development calls for an 18-story hotel and 86,000-square-foot
casino gambling floor.
In the greater Albany area, the panel selected Rivers Casino & Resort at Mohawk
Harbor, a Gelesi Group venture, located on former manufacturing land along the
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