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Saratoga racino owners eye different casino site

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Owners of the Saratoga Casino and Raceway have dropped a push to bring Las Vegas-style gambling to the city known for its horse racing in favor of a proposal to build a casino closer to Albany.

The facility's owners say Monday that they will seek a license to operate a casino in East Greenbush in Rensselaer County, just across the Hudson from the state's capital.

The decision came after officials and residents in Saratoga Springs objected to plans for a full casino.

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Groups interested in winning one of four upstate New York casino licenses have until Wednesday to pay a $1 million application fee. Selections will be made in the fall.

A state constitutional amendment passed last year authorizes the casinos. A majority of Saratoga County voters opposed the measure.

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