Local boards to hear casino pitch
The developer seeking to build a casino and resort near Thruway Exit 27 will unveil its plans to the town of Florida and city of Amsterdam this month, according to county officials.
Clairvest Group LLC, a Toronto investment firm, is scheduled to appear at the Florida board meeting June 16, and the Amsterdam Common Council meeting June 17 regarding its plans for a pair of properties consisting of 512-acres in both municipalities.
The plans will outline the scope and scale of the project, provide the municipalities with figures on the potential permanent job numbers, the potential revenues generated locally and through property taxes, and gaming revenues.
"The presentation is a good thing for the public and the municipalities. We are going to get a much better idea of what the plans are relative to revenues, jobs, construction and the RFA process," Montgomery County Executive Matthew Ossenfort said.
After the presentations, the Florida board and the Common Council will be asked to pass new resolutions of support for a casino in their municipalities, according to Economic Development and Planning Director Kenneth Rose.
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.
Both municipalities had respectively passed resolutions of support in February and March, but Rose said they did not include the name of the developer and would not be accepted by the state, according to the guidelines released on May 20.
The New York Gaming Facility Location Board is requiring resolutions of support to be specific in naming the gaming facility within the jurisdiction of the host municipality, which also must be cited.
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 were deemed too broad.
A resolution of support, outlining the developer's plans, will also appear before the Montgomery County Legislature at its regular board meeting on June 24.
"We don't need the county support resolution but we want to get one anyway," Rose said.
-- Nicole Antonucci