By Matt Youngfrau
MONTICELLO October 2, 2001 While casino gambling is in a holding pattern, there seems to be the possibility of another form of gaming coming to Sullivan County.
New York State has been considering putting Video Lottery Terminals (VLTs) at horseracing tracks around the State. VLTs, which are similar to slot machines, have proven to be profitable at race tracks in Maryland and Delaware.
Monticello Raceway would like to have the opportunity to get the VLTs at their facility.
"VLTs are a good way to bring revenue to the state," noted Raceway Manager Cliff Erlich. "It would bring people to the area."
The VLTs would help to increase revenue at racetracks. It would also bring more people to the tracks and could add revenue to the state's general fund, said officials.
Recognizing that, it was suggested by Village Board member David Rosenberg that the Village of Monticello support efforts to get the state to pass the legislation. No bill has been written yet, but the campaign is being spearheaded by local New York State Assemblyman Jake Gunther. However, with the disaster in New York City on September 11, many things have been put on hold.
A discussion on the issue was held at the village's board meeting on Monday, September 24. Rosenberg suggested that a resolution in support of VLTs be written and passed at the next board meeting. That resolution is expected to be passed at the meeting on Monday, October 1. Copies of the resolution will be sent to Gunther and other political leaders in the state.