Casino Board Meets for Final Time as Decision Nears

ALBANY (AP) -

The decision on where to build casinos in upstate New York will make some developers very happy. For others, it will spell the disappointing end to a long and expensive bid for a piece of the action.

Sixteen proposals were submitted for one of four licenses. A verdict from the board tasked with picking the winners is expected within weeks.

The state’s Gaming Facility Location Board met Friday for what is expected to be the final time before announcing its decision. In the past several months, the board held days of public hearings on the proposals, heard from more than 400 people during 34 hours of public sessions and received 3,000 written comments.

With its proximity to New York City, the Catskills/Hudson Valley region attracted the most competition.