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Casino forum to feature gaming expert

— LAKE GEORGE — An upcoming public forum to review the potential impact of hosting casino gambling in Warren County is to feature an expert on casino operations — and an attorney who’s been exploring the concept of siting a casino at Roaring Brook Ranch Resort southwest of Lake George village.

The forum is to be held Tuesday April 30 in the Fort William Henry Conference Center on Canada St. in Lake George.

The event, sponsored by Lake George Village government, is intended to discuss issues, gather opinions and gauge interest.

Scheduled to speak at the forum is Robert Sturges, an attorney who served as Deputy Attorney General of Organized Crime in New Jersey, as well as president of Carnival Cruise lines and president of their gaming division from 1994 to 2001. He was also CEO of Nevada Gold Casinos from 2006 to 2012.

Also scheduled to talk at the forum is attorney Michael Garry of Albany.

Village Mayor Robert Blais said he anticipates that Garry will present updated information on Roaring Brook’s initiative to bring a casino to Warren County, as well as his views on status of the gaming industry in New York State and the various laws and treaties involved.

Area municipal officials have been invited to attend as well as state Sen. Betty Little and state Assemblyman Dan Stec.

Governor Andrew Cuomo has expressed support of locating up to six gaming casinos in upstate New York.

Although the site selection process has not yet been determined, officials of Essex County and Saratoga County have expressed interest in hosting casinos, Blais said.

“The siting of a gambling casino in Warren County can have a very dramatic effect on our future, and this meeting will give our citizens and taxpayers an opportunity to gather information and express their views and opinions,” Blais said in a prepared statement.

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