Casino request rejected

The New York State Gaming Commission will not change the state’s casino application process, according to a siting board spokesman.

Developers of the proposed Exit 27 Casino in Montgomery County said without changes in the process — including a lower license fee — they would not pursue the project.

Montgomery County officials sent a letter Thursday to the gaming commission requesting the changes.

In an email, New York Gaming Facility Location Board Spokesman Lee Park said, “”The requirements spelled out in the Request for Applications (RFA) establish a level playing field for all potential applicants, including the proposed project in Amsterdam. It is simply not feasible or fair to alter any provision of the RFA or make concessions at the request of a bidder. To do so would create an unfair bidding process for every other potential bidder and invalidate the RFA. While we cannot honor any applicant’s request to make concessions or alterations to the RFA, we do encourage all applicants to move forward with their bids and put their best plans forward.”

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