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BONACIC PLANS HEARINGS ON CASINO DEVELOPMENT AND RACING INDUSTRY

July 8, 2011

Earlier this year, Bonacic met with Federal officials in Washington D.C. on the now denied application for a casino to be owned by the Stockbridge-Munsee Nation. The Federal Government denied the application, but have since repealed the “commutability” standard which served as a legal basis of the denial.

“After meeting with Federal officials, it became clear to me that the path to casino gaming in New York would most likely end in Washington. If those Federal officials want to show some sign to the contrary, it would be welcome, but we cannot wait for Washington,” Senator Bonacic said.

The Senator indicated he would most likely seek to hold a hearing in the Capital Region, one in Western New York and one in the New York City or Long Island in the months of August and September.

In the meantime, Senator Bonacic indicated he would be developing legislation to be commented on during the hearing process.