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New York Casino Bids Are Now Being Accepted

Kathy Whyte/ WNBF News

New York State’s new Gaming Commission Facility Location Board is starting to take bids now for four privately owned casinos to be sited outside of New York City and off Native American land.

Voters in November approved Las Vegas-style gambling for casinos in the Albany area, the Catskills and the Southern Tier.

Interested parties like Tioga Downs, Traditions at the Glen and Vista Hospitality have all expressed interest in developing the Southern Tier casino and resort.

The application process ends on June 30.

The Gaming Commission has appointed former New York City comptroller William Thompson, Hofstra President Stuart Rabinowitz and veteran gubernatorial adviser Paul Francis to the panel that will choose operators and locations for new casinos.

Some details of the licensing process are still being worked out including the amount of the licensing fee and how to measure local support for casino projects.

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