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Casino bill on the table

ALBANY – State Senator John Bonacic (R- Mt. Hope) is pushing ahead with state plans to approve legalized casino gaming.

The legislature last year gave the first approval.   Lawmakers must approve it again in a new session of the legislature next year before it would go before voters for their approval.          

Bonacic hopes his measure will advance the proposal.

“I expect to be putting in legislation that outlines where casinos could be located because the gaming commission appointed by Governor Cuomo will actually decide the sites, but I am trying to build consensus and at least, if I put the legislation out there, it will invite discussion and hopefully expedite negotiations and closure on this issue,” Bonacic said.

Two apparent frontrunners in the Catskills are the EPR/Empire Resorts project at the former Concord Hotel property in Kiamesha Lake, near Monticello, and the new Nevele Hotel resort in Ellenville.