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SULLIVAN COUNTY, N.Y. -- A recent state report suggests that if passed, the Upstate New York Gaming and Economic Development Act could translate to more than $430 million annually for New York.
With just one month to go before the public referendum, casino advocates in Sullivan County are praising the report and the much needed revenue they say the industry will provide for the region.
The report projects Sullivan County could see more than $2 million annually for additional school aid, property tax relief, and funding for the local government. There are two developers courting the county, Empire Resorts/EPT in the Town of Thompson and Foxwoods in the Town of Liberty.
Now, not everyone in Sullivan County agrees with the report. Advocates from the Catskill Mountainkeeper describe casinos as a predatory economic engine and don't believe the region stands to financially gain as much as the report projects.