Monticello Township Gives Go-Ahead for Casino

MONTICELLO, N.Y. (AP/Hamodia) -

Local Monticello lawmakers gave a resolution of support to developers of a proposed casino in the town which hosts tens of thousands of Orthodox Jews in the summer.

Monticello Raceway made the announcement Wednesday, days after state regulators said bidders for the four upstate casino licenses must submit a resolution approved by the local legislative body indicating its support.

The Monticello group wants to build a $750 million casino resort where the old Concord Hotel once stood. Developers say the Town of Thompson Board voted in favor of the application Tuesday night.

Casino applications need to be in by June 30 and selections are due in the fall.

Voters statewide approved a New York constitutional amendment in November to allow casinos beyond Indian land.