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Rejected Catskill Casino Bidder Pursues Smaller Resort

Developers who failed to land a casino license at the site of an old Borscht Belt hotel in the Catskills hope to build a smaller sports and gambling resort there. 

The group that wanted to run a Las Vegas-style casino at the shuttered Nevele Resort in Ulster County say they have asked the Cuomo administration for support for legislation to operate 750 video lottery terminals at the proposed $100 million resort,  about 70 miles north of New York City, which also would include a "Sportsplex" with an indoor aquatics center, four baseball fields and eight fields for soccer, field hockey and lacrosse.

Developers say the VLTs would make the resort viable year-round.

There was no immediate comment from the Cuomo administration.

© 2015 AP

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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