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Albany casino proposed on land just off Thruway

Updated: 03/21/2014 5:32 PM
Created: 03/21/2014 12:27 PM WNYT.com
By: Bill Lambdin

ALBANY – There’s a new casino plan in the Capital Region. This time in Albany, but it's not downtown.

The latest plan calls for a casino and resort off Exit 23 of the Thruway.

A meeting with the Albany City Council started at noon Friday.

The possible casino site is a large, isolated plot of land on the edge of Albany. It's a family compound of the late Polly Noonan, longtime close confidant of legendary Mayor Erastus Corning. The family includes U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, although the senator's current residence is in Brunswick.

The Noonan Lane property would give developers David Flaum and John Signor a location that's easy to get to, yet not in a neighborhood with neighbors and businesses who could suffer from casino-related problems.

For financially-strapped Albany, it would provide about $10 million a year in host city revenues. The developer's statement calls for 1,500 construction jobs and 1,800 permanent employment positions.

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