Casino developers face Monday deadline

Updated: 06/30/2014 6:48 PM
Created: 06/30/2014 11:49 AM WNYT.com
By: Bill Lambdin

SCHENECTADY - Rensselaer Mayor Daniel Dwyer really hopes the casino awarded in this area goes to his city.

"The Hard Rock is a magnet," Dwyer said. "It will bring people from all over, better than anyone else and it generates cash revenue for the state. That's what's important."

Dwyer traveled to Schenectady to provide personal support for the Hard Rock casino application material.

The well known entertainment and gambling operation wants to build a casino, hotel and dining just across the river from Albany, developing a waterside walkway in the process.

Capital District Off Track Betting is partnering in the proposal.

"With OTB's involvement we help 19 counties versus 8," OTB President John Signor said. "So I think the whole package shows that we're going to have the best proposal."

Meanwhile, East Greenbush casino opponents also showed up at the Gaming Commission today. They don't support the Rensselaer casino, but they really don't support the application their town board voted in favor on Thompson Hill in East Greenbush  

The "poor fiscal condition of our town government does not constitute an economic hardship and to put a Las Vegas-style casino down in a residential neighborhood in a prosperous small suburban town of 16,000 plus people will destroy the town as we know it," said Jack Conway of Save East Greenbush.

At the last minute Monday, Howe Caverns announced its partners. Developer Michael Malik and Full House Resorts.


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