Montgomery Co. submits casino letter to gaming commission

AMSTERDAM, N.Y – Montgomery County submitted a letter to the New York State Gaming Commission requesting a casino in the county.

The county executive’s office sent a letter on behalf of the town of Florida, the city of Amsterdam and the residents of Montgomery County.

The submitted letter, Exit 27 proposal, fee and spend review, and Montgomery County Economic Indicators all outlined the many reasons a casino would benefit the county and its residents.

The letter states:

“Our community supported the Upstate New York Gaming Economic Development Act at the polls last November, and has enthusiastically embraced the proposed project for our community to be located adjacent to Exit 27 of the Thruway. We believe our project at Exit 27 would achieve the three main objectives that drove statewide voter adoption of the Upstate New York Gaming Economic Development Act: create a destination resort that will attract tourism to Upstate New York; create significant economic growth opportunities for long-downtrodden Upstate communities; and to provide property tax relief to those communities with the highest tax burdens.”

The executive’s office said the potential impact of a casino would be approximately 453 construction jobs, 850 permanent jobs, and a forecasting gross gaming revenue of $170 million in the third year.

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