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As part of Monday’s pre-election coverage on NCPR David Chanatry explored an interesting question: “Casinos: how did we get here from Las Vegas?” Here’s how he framed it: If you’re a person of a certain age—say...
Hey, remember that whole thing the state was talking about doing where it was going to open some new casinos upstate to promote economic development? Well, that legislation is out, as part of the two-weeks-left-for-in-the-session flurry of new...
Happy Friday! As we’re fond of saying here at NCPR, it’s the best day of the workweek. Today for your delectation from the newsroom we have some great stories. Julie Grant has reported extensively on the troubles EJ Noble...
The editorial board of Denton Publications — the newspaper chain based in Elizabethtown that covers much of the Adirondacks — has come out with a full-throated endorsement of casino gambling in the Park. “Towns like Newcomb, Port...
It’s hard to know which dire story to link to, as we ponder the sorry state of the horse-racing industry in New York state and the North Country. Breeding and training thoroughbreds and harness horses has been a tradition in our region for...
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by Brian Mann
Sep 08, 2008 — The North Country has a big presence in horse-racing, from a top thoroughbred breeder in Ray Brook, to the group of friends in Sackets Harbor who raced into the record book with a horse named Funny Cide. Their success on contemporary tracks draws from a long tradition of racing in the region. This week, we'll wrap up the summer by telling some of their stories. For many fans in the North Country, the sport of choice has always been harness racing. That means sturdy, standard-bred horses pulling drivers in stripped-down racing carts. You can still see cutthroat competitions at county fairs from Malone to Westport. But harness racing has fallen on hard times in recent years. As Brian Mann reports, new efforts to bring the sport back have meant bigger purses and also new controversy. Go to full article
Jan 15, 2008 — The St. Regis Mohawk Tribe is suing the federal government over its decision against a Mohawk casino in the Catskills. The Department of the Interior ruled earlier this month that the site is too far from the Akwesasne Mohawk reservation near Massena. David Sommerstein reports. Go to full article
Jan 07, 2008 — The federal government has rejected the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe's plan to build a $600 million casino resort in the Catskills. In a letter sent late Friday, the Department of the Interior ruled the 350-mile distance between the planned casino and the Akwesasne Mohawk reservation near Massena was too far. The DOI said too many residents could leave the reservation in search of a job at the proposed casino and cause "serious and far-reaching implications for the remaining tribal community." The Mohawks having been working for more than a decade to build a casino in the Catskills. The proposed resort had the support of Governor Spitzer. It was expected to create 3,000 jobs for the region and generate millions of dollars in revenue for New York. St. Regis Mohawk tribal chiefs harshly criticized the decision. A press release called it "arbitrary, capricious, and laughable". Chief Lorraine White said it was "a brazen paternalistic assault against all of Indian Country." David Sommerstein spoke with Chief White this morning. She explained why she called the decision a "paternalistic assault." Go to full article
Dec 14, 2007 — The New York State Senate has adjourned for the year, without passing a bill to extend the state's horse-racing industry franchise. The Senate Leader, Joe Bruno, expressed disappointment and blamed the Assembly for the failure. Karen DeWitt reports. Go to full article
Dec 04, 2007 — The leader of the State Senate says time is running out on the state's horse racing franchise. It expires at the end of the month. And Joe Bruno accuses Democrats of dragging their feet on the issue. From Albany, Karen DeWitt reports. Go to full article
Aug 08, 2007 — The St. Regis Mohawks are closer than ever to building a massive casino resort in the Catskills. The $600 million gambling and entertainment complex would become the closest casino to New York City. The project has passed an environmental review. The tribe has negotiated a gaming compact with Governor Spitzer. Yet the casino application has languished on one very important desk in Washington. As David Sommerstein reports, the Mohawks may be caught in the middle of a broader debate on tribal gaming's future. Go to full article
Apr 11, 2007 — A state panel began two days of public hearings to determine who should get the state's lucrative horse racing franchise when the New York Racing Association's contract expires at the end of the year. Karen DeWitt reports. Go to full article
Feb 20, 2007 — Another big step forward for the St. Regis Mohawks' casino in the Catskills. Monday Governor Spitzer announced an agreement with tribal chiefs on a gaming compact. As David Sommerstein reports, the deal brings the Mohawks closer than ever to tapping the lucrative New York City gaming market. Go to full article
Jan 10, 2007 — 2007 begins with the St. Regis Mohawk tribe in the lead to reach a long-awaited prize -- a gaming resort in the Catskill mountains, closer than any other casino to New York City. But don't expect to belly up to the blackjack tables too soon. David Sommerstein explains. Go to full article