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Judge: NY State Must Release Some Docs Used In Casino Siting


A state judge has ordered gambling regulators to give the Oneida Indian Nation some documents used to determine casino license awards in upstate New York.

The Oneidas are seeking the information from the state Gaming Commission as they challenge the state's selection of the del Lago Resort & Casino for one of three licenses. The Oneidas in another lawsuit claim the commission's process was flawed, a contention challenged by Lago's developers.

The Oneida's Turning Stone casino is less than 100 miles east of the developing casino. They claim the public has the right to see the documents.

State Supreme Court Justice Vincent Reilly in Schenectady this week ordered the commission to release statistical and factual data, but said they could omit expert opinions and recommendations.

Commission spokesman Lee Park said the Gaming Commission is reviewing the decision.

Copyright 2016 The Associated Press

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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