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Thompson wants two casinos; Liberty would like one

The board of the Village of Liberty and the Town of Liberty hold a joint meeting vote to support a casino project proposed for the site of the former Grossinger’s Hotel, being proposed by Foxwoods Resorts.
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The application process will end in June. Decisions on the locations are expected by “early fall.”

To this point some 20 organizations have expressed interest in obtaining one of the four licenses that will go to the Catskill, Capital and Finger Lakes regions.

Workforce training

Following the passage of the joint resolution at the Liberty meeting, Foxwoods held a Workforce Training Summit on April 1 in partnership with Sullivan County Legislator Cora Edwards, the local representative for Liberty, as well as representatives from 15 organizations. The purpose of the summit was to discuss the employment needs of the project, how the project team can work with the established workforce training programs already set up in the region, and recruitment strategies.

“The proposed Foxwoods Catskills casino would be a tremendous asset to the region, creating over a thousand jobs that will last through the construction of such an elite facility and through years of operations,” said Edwards. “Sullivan County is looking forward to developing one of the best workforce training programs in New York State. By working together with Foxwoods Catskills, we can provide our residents with the necessary training to make them ideal job candidates for this exciting new enterprise.”

Collaboration with SUNY

Empire Resorts, which with its partners has been in the planning stages of building a casino resort for three years, and is considered by many to be the front-runner in the contest to obtain a license, has announced that it is collaborating with Sullivan County Community College to develop a training program to prepare graduates to obtain employment at the casino.

“Thanks in many ways to our ongoing collaboration with the local community, if we are awarded a gaming license, we are on a fast track to developing a comprehensive casino resort destination in Sullivan County,” said Empire Resorts Executive Vice President of Government Affairs and Corporate Communications Charles Degliomini. “Upon the granting of a casino license, we look forward to the opportunity to deliver the jobs made possible by the casino legislation, and a partnership with SUNY-Sullivan would be an important step in achieving that goal. By working together to develop and implement a custom training program, we can help to ensure a qualified local workforce and desperately needed career opportunities within the county.”