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Montgomery County casino bid disqualified

Officials in Montgomery County hope this land on Route 30 near Thruway Exit 27, once the site of a proposed casino, can now be used for a business park.
Photographer: Peter R. Barber
Officials in Montgomery County hope this land on Route 30 near Thruway Exit 27, once the site of a proposed casino, can now be used for a business park.
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• Final casino pitch, hearings scheduled. The gold ring local and county officials hoped would pull the area out of dire fiscal straits was tossed down the drain Thursday night. In a unanimous vote, the state’s Gaming Facility Location Board moved to disqualify a proposed casino in Montgomery County from contending for a casino license. The board cited roughly 80 responses the development team, which included Clairvest Group Inc. and Great Canadian Gaming Corp., left ...

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pro-tech
August 8, 2014
7:25 a.m.

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It is Great that the GFLB rejected Amsterdam's application... It just shows you that everybody needs to play by the same rules. How would it be fair for all the other applicants to put up the proper amount and meet the deadlines, and Amsterdam to be granted extensions and a reduced rate licensing fees???. "Get real" mayor Thane maybe you should get focused on cleaning up your city...

anns0107
August 8, 2014
10:16 p.m.

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It is sad and I am not sure why things were left out of the application. I say that because looking over all the appllications, it looks as if the Clairvest Group was the only one that had a plan that truly lived up to the reasoon that legalized gambling was voted on and approved.
That being revitalizing the local economy, employing local labor, as well as positively impacting the area as a whole outside of the immediate resort. The Claivest Group has publicly said that they already have been incontact with local businesses,looked into using local labor for both the construction and operating the resort. I didn't see that in any of the other applications, only that it will create X number of jobs. They didn't say where the labor was coming from.
The Group has brought in partners that specialize in developing riverfront areas, which is well outside the propsed resort site. This would impact the local econoomy outside of the resort.
There are other instances in which the Group has worked hard to live up to the ideals of the law. And as disappointed as I am in the disqulification, I will wait to read a complete explanation from the politicians and Developers as to why the information was left off the appliication before I point the blame if any. The citizens of Amsterdam and the Town of Florida are owed that if nothing else.

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