MONTICELLO, N.Y. (AP) — Several upstate New York communities seeking new Las Vegas-style casinos as an economic boost are a step closer to seeing their hopes fulfilled now that voters have approved a statewide referendum expanding casino gambling.
The approval of Proposition 1 in Tuesday's voting allows for the building of four non-American Indian-owned upstate casinos in the Southern Tier near Binghamton, the Catskills and Mid-Hudson Valley region, and the Saratoga Springs-Albany area.
Leaders in places such as Monticello in Sullivan County had backed the referendum as a way to reverse the area's economic decline since the heyday of the Catskills resort era ended.
One casino resort developer, Nevele Investors, says it will discuss its plans later Wednesday. Those plans are expected to include a casino in the Catskills.