County supports neighbor’s casino plan

JOHNSTOWN – The Fulton County Board of Supervisors recently supported a casino development project proposed in Montgomery County.

Montgomery County, which recently passed a resolution supporting location of a commercial casino in that county, asked Fulton County on March 5 to do the same.

The Fulton County resolution passed last week at the County Office Building said the proposed casino location in Montgomery County is “superior to others that have been proposed in the Capital Region.”

“The siting of a multi-recreational casino gaming resort in Montgomery County will result in new jobs and provide a boost to area tax bases within the region.”

Stratford Supervisor Robert E. Johnson Jr. was the only no vote for the casino endorsement, saying afterwards he was against the potential gambling site because of his “religious beliefs.”

Ken Rose, director of Montgomery County’s Business Development Center, is spearheading the casino effort. He said he’s 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.

Developers have approached six of eight counties in the Capital Region to build a casino, and the state will only choose one site. Surrounding counties will get revenue from the site selected. There has been no interest in Fulton County.

In other board business last week:

Supervisors approved a music concert sponsored by Grandma Millie’s Restaurant Aug. 12 at the County Airport.

The board passed an agreement between the county and the state Office of Information Technology Services to provide street address mapping data. That state office is conducting a project to provide a detailed statewide address point dataset.

Supervisors authorized a $40,000 contract between the county Information Services Department and Empire Software Solutions of Ravena, Albany County, for the second phase of a time and attendance system project for county departments.

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