Essex County seeks Gov.’s blessing for casino bid

— If they are going to vie for a casino in Essex County, supervisors want to make sure they an opportunity to actually see it come to fruition.

Jay Supervisor and Essex County Board Chairman Randy Douglas said March 25 that he sent a letter to Gov. Andrew Cuomo asking him if Essex County would be a candidate for one of three gaming facilities proposed to be built in upstate New York earlier this year.

“There has been a lot of comments and a lot of rumors,” Douglas said. “The committee asked me to send a letter to the governor to ask if Essex County would be in consideration for one of the three casinos that he proposed.”

In the letter, Douglas said there have been “a few” possible sites discussed for the building of a casino, mentioning by name the former Frontier Town Amusement Park property in North Hudson.

The letter then asks for clarification on any matters that may prevent a casino from being built in Essex County.

“...we would like to clarify whether Essex County would be considered for such a project as we realize that there are restrictions with previous agreements between the state of New York and various Native American groups,” the letter said.

Another site that has been talked about is the former Lowe’s Store in Ticonderoga.

Douglas said that he would wait to hear from the governor before moving forward with any campaign for gaming in the county.

“If he comes back and says yes, then we will go back to the table and start looking at what we can do,” Douglas said.

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