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Casino Developers Court Albany

WAMC composite photo by Dave Lucas

Casino developers have upped the ante in a bid to secure support from the city of Albany.

A day after it was disclosed Albany would get $10 million dollars stretched over 10 years in exchange for supporting the Rensselaer casino project, the Times Union revealed that that proposal was made in response to a $7 million offer from developers of the Capital View Casino and Resort in East Greenbush. Some Albany Common Council members were stunned when they heard of the offers. One member says the legislators knew deals were brewing, but had no details. The group awaits word from Mayor Kathy Sheehan as to what comes next. Some lawmakers favor supporting both deals while others suggest selecting just one.  The mayor’s office has not returned calls for comment. The Capital Region stands to get one casino license. Four projects are still alive.

Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.
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