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July 11, 2012

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State Business Council supports casino gaming amendment

NEW WINDSOR - The state legislature’s first approval of a constitutional amendment allowing casino gaming in New York brings the state another step closer to leveling the playing field with neighboring states, Heather Briccetti, president of the New York State Business Council told the Orange County Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday.

The legislature must approve it one more time before it goes to a referendum of state voters.

Briccetti noted New York currently has electronic gaming in racinos like at Monticello Casino and Raceway, and Native American casinos approved by the federal government.

“We are surrounded by gaming states, and particularly in this region, I think there is going to be some opportunity for some economic development; it’s construction jobs,” Briccetti said. “New York City is the number one tourist destination in the world. This can only enhance it. It will give people other options for day trips so we think it’s a good thing.”

Even before gaming has been approved, there are proposals for casino resorts in the Monticello and Ellenville areas.


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