Forget fax machines or emails — developers hoping to build casinos in New York state used boxes, binders and trucks to submit their proposals to gambling regulators ahead of Monday’s application deadline.
Contenders for one of up to four upstate casino licenses include local investors and international gambling companies. The application deadline begins months of reviews by a state panel tasked with recommending winning proposals to the state’s Gaming Commission. Up to four licenses will be divided among three regions: the Albany-Saratoga area, the Southern Tier-Finger Lakes region and the Catskills and mid-Hudson River Valley. The winning proposals will be announced in early fall.
The applications submitted before the 4 p.m. deadline are detailed and long. Empire Resorts unloaded 280 boxes on Monday from a truck that was escorted by an armed security detail. They proposed to build the Montreign Resort Casino in the Sullivan County town of Thompson, in Monticello. Mohegan Sun said it also filed an application to build a casino by the site of the old Concord resort in the same area.