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East Greenbush board sends casino application to planning board

Updated: 08/21/2014 9:41 AM
Created: 08/21/2014 12:04 AM WNYT.com
By: Dan Levy

EAST GREENBUSH - After two and a half hours of comments and discussions on Wednesday, the East Greenbush Town Board voted 3-to-1 to send the Capital View Casino & Resort application to the town planning board for consideration.

Council member Sue Mangold recused herself after it was learned her brother owns property on Thompson Hill, site of the proposed casino, and stands to make a reported $100,000 if the casino deal goes through.

During Wednesday's public comment period, two people handed sealed letters to the board saying they were ethics complaints against Mangold.

Even though several people stepped forward to say they welcome the casino and look forward to the promise of jobs and other economic benefits, far more speakers were opposed to the thought of gambling casino in their community.

"The town should be striving for something better then a casino," said town resident Frank Capo. "It's not appropriate for our town and you're conceding this is the best we can do."

A representative of Saratoga Casino and Raceway who was in the audience said the casino job fair from the previous night was a big success, with more than 400 people stopping by -- 140 of them (35 percent) from East Greenbush, and about 75 percent of them coming from Rensselaer County.

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