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Maybe we should turn our eye toward diversification, and that would certainly be in the area of tourism...

Brasher supervisor sees a casino in the future

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Gov. Cuomo's proposal to expand gambling in New York gave one rural St. Lawrence County leader an idea.

"I was thinking when I read the governor's proposal to put seven casinos in New York State, I thought, why not put one in the northern tier? Maybe we could get one up here." Brasher Town Supervisor James Dawson told town board members last week a casino would be a great way to attract visitors to the region...and to pump up St. Lawrence County's flagging economy.

The 900 acres Dawson has in mind has already been considered for a racetrack and entertainment complex. That development failed, and the land ended up in bankruptcy court. Dawson told Nora Flaherty a casino there could anchor a host of spin-off development.

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Brasher Town Supervisor James Dawson told town board members last week a casino would be a great way to attract visitors to the region…and to pump up St. Lawrence County’s flagging economy.   

"It’ll bring some economic development to the area, and even more than that the spin-off businesses that would occur, perhaps restaurants, hotels, and things of this nature and create an economic climate where we can begin to pull ourselves up by our bootstraps. I suspect we won’t have any more heavy industrialization as we’ve had with Massena for so many years,  but maybe we should turn our eye toward a diversification and that would certainly be in the area of tourism as far as I’m concerned."

Brasher is only a few miles from the Akwesasne Mohawk casino, and Dawson says two casinos could make the area a destination for Canadian tourists.

Gov. Cuomo’s amendment would only open up seven casinos in the state. That could make Brasher’s bid a bit of a long shot.

But the 900 acres Dawson has in mind could be a natural. It has already been considered for a racetrack and entertainment complex. That development failed, and the land ended up in bankruptcy court.

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