Chairman Samuelson Pleased with Governor’s Intention to Move Forward with Casino Proposal

(Monticello, NY 4:30pm) Sullivan County Legislature Chairman Scott B. Samuelson expressed his optimism after an announcement from Governor Cuomo’s office that the Governor intends to push forward with a proposal for full gaming in New York State.

“I am pleased with Governor Cuomo’s announcement that the casino issue is being addressed and moving forward,” said Samuelson.  “While I am still evaluating the details of the Governor’s proposal, clearly this presents an opportunity for a real discussion and debate to occur.  There seems to be an increasing amount of optimism that Class III gaming facilities could become a reality in New York State, and I remain hopeful that Sullivan County will benefit greatly from this endeavor.”

Ira Steingart, Legislator for District 8 and Chairman of both the Sullivan County Industrial Development Agency and Community and Economic Development Legislative Committee, was also pleased with the announcement.

“This is an exciting time for Sullivan County, as we have been working for years to bring a Class III gaming facility to the County.  Our developers have done their due diligence with regard to their respective projects and are ready to proceed if approved.  We feel that we are well positioned to serve as a host community and it is imperative that Sullivan County be selected in this process.  It is time for casinos to become a reality in Sullivan County and hopefully a referendum to settle the issue will appear on the ballot this November.”

On Thursday May 9, Governor Cuomo unveiled a comprehensive resort gaming destination plan to create jobs and boost tourism in Upstate New York.  The plan details a competitive, non-political, independent process for the siting of three resort gaming destinations.  Legislation amending the New York State Constitution to allow Class III gaming in the State must be passed by the New York State Legislature prior to being placed on the November ballot to be voted on by New York State voters.

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For more information, please contact the Sullivan County Legislative Offices at 845-807-0435.

Posted in County Press Release.