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July 14, 2014
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Casino dreams rise from the dead, again, in Sullivan County


"The added jobs to the community as well as the revenue from a possible casino hotel would surely add a needed economic boost to the Sullivan County Catskills. The recent interest by retailers looking to locate in Sullivan County will be enhanced by the addition of a casino resort," said legislator Alan Sorenson, who represents the district where the casinos would be located.

Sullivan County manager David Fanslau envisions this as an economic opportunity and one of the major puzzle pieces to secure fiscal vitality once again throughout the county. "The Sullivan County economy will benefit from additional tourism venues and jobs for county residents," Fanslau said.

Legislator Elwin Wood, chairman of the Community and Economic Development Committee, stated "We look forward to the renewed interest in developing a casino in Sullivan County. Such a project could bring upwards of 2,000 permanent jobs and 2,000 construction jobs to the area."

Sullivan County manager David Fanslau envisions this as an economic opportunity and one of the major puzzle pieces to secure fiscal vitality once again throughout the county. "The Sullivan County economy will benefit from additional tourism venues and jobs for county residents," Fanslau said.

Still, only five off-reservation casinos have been approved in the country since the Indian Gaming Regulating Act was passed in 1988, so the tribes and casino supporters may yet have a few hurdles to jump.

Additionally, there will undoubtedly be resistance from some groups who have opposed them in the past. Rasmey Adams, executive director of Catskill Mountainkeeper called the announcement a distraction to all of the other economic development efforts going on in the region. He said further that the environmental impact of multiple casinos in the county will be harmful and that Mountainkeeper will fight the development of the casinos.