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By Lombardo David
Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Lake George’s hopes of a live-table casino under a plan from Gov. Andrew Cuomo were dashed on Tuesday.

An exclusivity agreement reached with the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe in the North Country eliminates the region as a possible site for one of three proposed upstate casinos. This means no casino for Warren County, which is in the southern tip of the North Country region outlined by the governor.

With this latest agreement and an agreement last week with the Oneida Indians, which eliminated Central New York as a region for a casino, there are now four possible sites for the casinos. Cuomo had initially outlined six possible regions for casinos.

The reduced number of possible regions is good news for the Saratoga Casino & Raceway, which is hoping to be given live-table games. Saratoga County is one of eight counties in the Capital Region outlined for the casino siting process.

If the state can reach an agreement with the Seneca Indians in Western New York that region would also be off the table for one of the three casinos.

Under the plan from Cuomo, sites and operators will be chosen from a bidding process reviewed by a temporary independent committee.

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