ALBANY, N.Y. -- Contenders hoping to win the right to open a casino in upstate New York include hometown business owners as well as gambling giants like Caesars, Genting Group and Foxwoods.
A state gambling panel on Thursday released the names of organizations pitching 22 different casino proposals. Wed-
nesday was the deadline for interested parties to pay a $1 million application fee.
Four casinos are authorized in three regions: the Albany-Saratoga region, the Catskills and the Southern Tier.
The Catskills attracted the most bidders, with several competing proposals for Orange County, fifty miles north of New York City.
Voters endorsed a constitutional amendment that authorizes the casinos, which are intended to spur upstate tourism.
Complete applications are due June 30. A state panel will recommend its choices to the Gaming Commission.