Monticello, NY – Casino Approval Depends on Who the Next President Is

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    Monticello, NY – The casino proposed by the St. Regis Mohawk Indians for Monticello Raceway in Monticello, could take another year for final federal approval, New York Senator John Bonacic said.

    He told the Orange County Chamber of Commerce meeting in the Town of Newburgh that current Interior Secretary Kirk Kempthorne does not support building Native American casinos off reservations.

    "If he signs off, there would be a shovel in the ground tomorrow. If he doesn't, it depends on who the next president is," he said. "If it's a Hillary Clinton, if it's an Obama, or it's a Giuliani, and think we get a casino, because they will replace that Department of Interior and they are, I think, sympathetic to have a casino in Sullivan County."

    The casino's environmental documentation is now the latest issue as a consortium of groups has taken the project to court over its belief that a more thorough review should have been conducted. [Mid-Hudson News]

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