Catskill Mountains Could See Casinos With Nov. 5 Vote
New York’s upcoming election on Nov. 5 is expected to see voters approve an amendment allowing the expansion of casinos on non-Indian land. This could be significant as New York is seen as a gold mine in terms of the size of their market. Politicians like Governor Cuomo have been pushing for changes for a long time. He believes that should the amendment to New York’s constitution pass, upstate New York and areas like the Catskills Mountains could see their economies revitalized.
The proposal to expand gambling to the Catskills is supported by Kuala- Lumpur based Genting Bhd who are Southeast Asia’s biggest casino operator and already operate the Resorts World Casino in Queens which features more than 5000 slots and other table games.
The amendment is not aimed at New York City for at least seven years. The first four licences will go to the Catskills and other upstate areas according to state law. Cuomo believes that casinos are already a reality with tribal casinos operating. Like many other supporters of gambling he points out that fact that the way forward is better regulation which would create much need employment opportunities as well as providing the state with tax revenues.
The Catskill Mountains have been pushing for casinos since 1971 and are particularly popular with Jewish families vacationing from New York City. We all remember the blockbuster Dirty Dancing which made the resorts famous, for their dancing skills.
The plan which calls for five casinos to be built within the year in the Catskill region has even got support from the Satmar Hasidic sect, A spokesperson for the Satmar sect., Rabbi Moshe Indig said,” We will support the referendum and support the building of casinos in Sullivan County, because our community always supports whatever brings benefit to our country and therefore we will not oppose the building of casinos in Sullivan county.”