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New Proposed Upstate Casino Site: Albany

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  Capital District OTB has partnered with a Rochester developer - they've come up with a 300 Million dollar plan to build a casino at Thruway Exit 23.

As citizens and politicians lead the call to thwart developers from expanding the Saratoga Racino, a choice piece of real estate belonging to a politically-connected family is emerging as a tempting alternative location for a new casino. The Times Union reportsAlbany Mayor Kathy Sheehan has already met with a handful of folks promoting development along Noonan Lane. That's the former home of U.S. Senator KirstenGillibrand's grandmother, Dorothea "Polly" Noonan, who was connected to the old Albany Democratic Machine.  Proponents of the Exit 23 plan say it will create 1,800 permanent jobs and provide millions in revenue. The Albany Common Council is scheduled to get a briefing at noon today: 

The NY gaming commission is accepting casino license applications through June 30th

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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