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Casino resolutions need a do-over

Saturday, May 24, 2014 - Updated: 4:08 AM

NICOLE ANTONUCCI

nicole.antonucci@recordernews.com

The city of Amsterdam and the town of Florida will be asked to pass new resolutions of support for a casino in their municipalities next month to comply with the new guidelines set by the state.

Both municipalities had respectively passed resolutions of support in February and March, but the state Gaming Commission Facility Location Board announced Tuesday that resolutions of support must be specific in naming the gaming facility within the jurisdiction of the host municipality, which also must be cited.

"The only thing ours was lacking was the name of the group, but everyone in the Capital District was lacking because, at the time, no one wanted their operators disclosed," Montgomery County Economic Development and Planning Director Kenneth Rose said.

Rose said the new resolutions will name Clairvest Group, the Toronto-based investment firm is seeking a casino license to build a site in Montgomery County.

As a condition of submitting an application for a gaming license, each applicant is required to submit a resolution passed by the local legislative body of its host municipality supporting the application.

Out of 23 resolutions of support received statewide from host municipalities, only three -- the village of Johnson City, the town and village of Liberty, and the town of Wawarsing -- have thus far been deemed acceptable; others they were deemed to broad.

Resolutions that are broad or that read "a municipality in support of a gaming facility located within a county" are unacceptable, according to the commission.

Rose said that Montgomery County's resolutions of support had not yet been sent to the gaming commission, and new resolutions are being drafted to go before the Amsterdam Common Council and the Florida town board in mid-June.

"We will approach them at that time, along with more concrete plans as far as the scope and scale of the project," Rose said.

While the plans are still under design, Rose said they plan to provide the municipalities with figures on the potential permanent job numbers, the potential revenues generated locally and through property taxes, and gaming revenues.

"The numbers are significant," Rose said, but declined to provide further information.

Clairvest, which is proposing a casino on 512-acres in the town of Florida and city of Amsterdam, has not only garnered support from both host municipalities, but from other communities in Montgomery and Fulton counties, as well as each county's governing body.

Rose said those resolutions do not have to be redone.

However, a new resolution outlining specifics of the project will go before Montgomery County Legislature in June.

"We don't need the county support resolution but we want to get their support on record," Rose said.

     

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