Sullivan County Democrat
Callicoon, New York
July 2, 2013 Issue
National Award-winning, Family-run Newspaper
Established 1891
news | sports | obituaries | archives | classifieds | subscribe | NEW! buy photos | links | contact | tv listings | lottery



Sullivan County Democrat

Promote Your Page Too

"Inside Out"
Jeanne Sager's Weekly
Column in the Democrat

"Give Us Paws"
Ruth Huggler's Weekly
Column in the Democrat

John Conway's Look Back at the History of Sullivan County

Sullivan Renaissance

Sullivan County Chamber
Of Commerce & Industry

Sullivan County
Visitor's Association

Sullivan County
Government Center

Sullivan County
Partnership for
Economic Development

Please visit our
Community Links
section for other
Sullivan County



Story by Dan Hust
ALBANY — June 25, 2013 — The decades-long quest for casinos in the Catskills seems closer than ever to consummation.
But just because on Friday the State Legislature passed legislation authorizing four upstate casinos doesn’t mean Thompson Supervisor Tony Cellini – or anyone else in Sullivan County, for that matter – believes it’s a done deal.
“I’m still guarded about the future,” confirmed Cellini, who’s been on this roller-coaster since the ’70s.
The plan – which would allow one to three casinos in the Catskills – still has to gain public approval in a statewide referendum this November 5, Election Day.
And that may be a significant hurdle even in a state economically suffering as much as New York.
“I think the polls are pretty close now,” Cellini said, citing a report of 48 percent of state voters against vs. 44 percent in favor of legalizing gambling.
Plus, gaming interests in neighboring Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Connecticut are likely preparing a public relations and political push against the measure.
“I’m certain they don’t want to see it here,” Cellini surmised.
That said, he just spoke with EPT/Empire, which seeks to turn much of the old Concord property near Monticello into a destination resort, including a casino.
“They’re ready to commence land-clearing,” he related – as early as next week.
Other long-dormant casino interests in the county are also stirring, though Cellini didn’t identify who.
“We do basically have three shovel-ready sites here in the Town of Thompson,” he pointed out.
In the meantime, he’s contemplating putting out signs urging the public to get behind this latest casino call.
“We have to unite as a community, as a region, for this,” Cellini insisted. “... I think this is do-or-die this time.”

Copyright © 1999-2013 Catskill-Delaware Publications.
The information you receive online from the Sullivan County Democrat Online Edition is protected by the copyright laws of the United States. Content contained within this website is for the sole and exclusive use of Catskill-Delaware Publications. Please read our user agreement and our use information
privacy statement.
Internet Services provided by Time Warner, Site Design by Green Enterprises

top of page       top of page