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Largest taxpayer in NYS wants Catskills casino

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Genting Group and their Resorts World brand announced today that it paid New York State’s $1 million application fee for a gaming license as the field of casino wannabes grows

According to the Western Queens Gazette, Genting representatives are in talks with municipalities and landowners throughout the Hudson Valley and Catskill Mountain region about building a casino in their area.

“Destination resorts are our specialty, and we are excited to work with local municipalities and the State of New York to acquire a site where we can build a facility that will help further bolster the Empire State’s thriving tourism economy,” said Senior Vice President of Genting Americas, Christian Goode.

The Gazette further reports that “Resorts World New York City has sent more than $1.1 billion in revenue to New York State in less than two and a half years of operation, making the company the largest taxpayer in New York State.”

In related news, there are 22 entities vying for four new casino licenses the state will award this fall.

In an article on Westfair Online, reporter John Golden said “Twelve of the 22 applicants that paid initial $1 million application fees to the New York Gaming Facility Location Board reportedly have proposed casino sites in the Hudson Valley and Catskill region, where one or two of the four new upstate casinos will be located.”

This information is confirmed by the Times Herald Record, which further stated that “at least six casino proposals” target Orange County alone.

With so much money and so many companies chasing a casino license in the Hudson Valley and Catskill Mountain region, it is a good bet our area will see legalized gambling very soon.

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