City deals with casino resolution

GLOVERSVILLE – The city is considering sponsoring a proposed resolution supporting a casino development project proposed in Montgomery County.

The Fulton County Board of Supervisors’ Economic Development-Environment Committee recently sponsored a similar resolution to support Montgomery County’s casino, which will be considered for approval by the full board today.

The Common Council recently discussed possibly showing support for a casino in Montgomery County.

“We need some jobs here,” said Mayor Dayton King. “We’re thinking regionally.”

King said he’s talked to several Montgomery County officials – including County Executive Matt Ossenfort and Kenneth Rose, chief executive officer of the Montgomery County Business Development Center – about a casino for that county.

“They want our support in resolution form,” he stated.

There are currently no private proposals for casinos in Fulton County.

Rose been working with Mick Mullins, a licensed real estate broker of Mullins Realty in Slingerlands, and an undisclosed property developer.

Mullins has been promoting a pair of properties off Route 30 for the potential casino. The land totals 512 acres – 341 in the city of Amsterdam and town of Florida owned by the Nadler Brothers and 171 in the town of Florida owned by Larry Francisco. The properties straddle Route 30 just south of the Thruway.

King noted the Fulton County board’s possible action today, adding: “I’d like to follow their lead on this.”

He said Montgomery County officials have indicated such a casino could create 3,500 jobs, a portion coming to Fulton County and Gloversville. King said someone on the council could sponsor a resolution to support the Montgomery County casino for a future meeting. No immediate action was taken at last week’s session.

In other business at the council session:

The council designated handicap parking zones at 8 Cherry St. and 6 Western Blvd.

Fourth Ward Councilwoman Ellen Anadio withdrew a proposed resolution to appoint a county employee pending possible future consideration.

The resolution would have named William Walrath to be transit/mobility manager, retroactive to Jan. 1 through the end of the year at an annual salary of $53,560.

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at manich@leaderherald.com.