Deadline Arrives for New York Casino Applications

06.30.14 | Bob Price

Forget fax machines or email attachments - developers hoping to build casinos in New York state used boxes, binders and trucks to submit their proposals to gambling regulators ahead of Monday's application deadline.

Contenders for one of up to four upstate casino licenses include local investors and international gambling companies such as Caesars Entertainment, Hard Rock International and the Genting Group.

The application deadline begins months of reviews by a state panel tasked with recommending winning proposals to the state's Gaming Commission. Up to four licenses will be divided among three regions: the Albany-Saratoga area, the Southern Tier-Finger Lakes region and the Catskills and mid-Hudson River Valley. The winning proposals are expected to be announced in early fall.

The applications submitted before the 4 p.m. deadline are detailed and long. Empire Resorts unloaded 280 boxes on Monday from a truck that was escorted by an armed security detail.

"Today everything gets very real," Empire Resorts vice president Charles Degliomini said.

Empire proposes to build the Montreign Resort Casino in the Sullivan County town of Thompson, about 90 miles northwest of New York City. Empire said the size and cost of the project would be dependent on the number and location of casino licenses issued. It's widely believed that a casino closer to New York City in Orange County would siphon business from companion casinos in Sullivan or Ulster counties.

Caesars filed its 6,000-page application for Caesars New York, about 50 miles from New York City in Woodbury in Orange County, near the sprawling Woodbury Commons shopping center.

A Genting spokesman said it submitted bids for two casinos in Tuxedo and Montgomery in Orange County. Cordish Companies and Penn National Gaming said they filed for an Orange County casino. A spokesman for the Hudson Valley Casino & Resort in Newburgh being proposed by Saratoga Casino and Raceway said it delivered 21 boxes by U-Haul on Monday.

Luther Winn Jr., president and CEO of Greenetrack, said an application was filed for Grand Hudson Casino and Resort at Stewart Airport in Orange County. Mohegan Sun said it filed an application to build a casino by the site of the old Concord resort in Sullivan County.

Developers behind the plan to build a casino resort at the old Nevele resort in Ulster County rented a U-Haul to drop off 10 copies of their 10,000-page applications to regulators in Schenectady. Michael Treanor said the delivery marks the culmination of two years of work.

Bids were also submitted by Howe Caverns Resort and Casino, Rivers Casino at Mohawk Harbor and Hard Rock International, who are all looking to build gambling facilities in the capital region.

Lago Resort & Casino submitted its bid for a casino in the Finger Lakes on Friday, according to spokesman Steven Greenberg. On Monday, Traditions Resort and Casino filed paperwork for its proposal near Binghamton.

"This is first base," said David Buicko, chief operating officer for Galesi Group, which is partnering with Rush Street Gaming of Chicago on the Rivers Casino proposed for Schenectady. "Now we will see who submitted, and who didn't. We're confident we have an excellent proposal."