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Bidders reveal racing proposals

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

Mohawk Catskills casino takes major step

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

Mohawk casino closer, sort of

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
The Akwesasne Mohawk casino
The Akwesasne Mohawk casino

Mohawk chief lays out casino plans

On Wednesday the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe announced a 100 million dollar expansion of its Akwesasne Mohawk casino. Details are still fuzzy. But plans call for a hotel, stores, up to eight restaurants, maybe even a water park. The Mohawk Bingo Palace, now located down the road, will also be folded into the facility. The tribe says the projects will double casino-related employment to some 1400 jobs. Jim Ransom is one of three Mohawk chiefs. Big plans in Akwesasne, especially ones related to gambling, have a history of fizzling out due to divisions between the tribal government and traditionalists. But Ransom told David Sommerstein he thinks the need for change is clear.  Go to full article

Mohawks Reverse Casino Plans, Again

The St. Regis Mohawk Tribe is changing its plans for a casino in the Catskills again. In a letter to the federal government, two of three tribal chiefs said they are abandoning a gaming project at Kutcher's resort in favor of another one they had left behind five years ago. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Pataki Re-Submits Mohawk Land Claim Bill

Governor George Pataki is re-introducing a bill in the state legislature that would settle the Akwesasne Mohawks' 23-year-old land claim in St. Lawrence and Franklin Counties. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

NY High Court OKs Video Lottery, Casino Expension

New York's highest court has ruled that a state plan to expand video lottery terminals and Indian-owned casinos is constitutional, and can proceed. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Gambling Opponents Criticize Senate Casino Hearings

Anti-gambling activists say the state Senate is excluding them from hearings on whether to build five new gambling casinos in the Catskills. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Watertown Mayor Under Fire in Quick Draw Case

A multi-page report in Sunday's Watertown Daily Times is making waves in Jefferson County. It details how a compulsive gambler stole millions of dollars from his supermodel step-daughter to pay for his addiction to Quick Draw lottery games. Sentencing of John Breen Jr. has been delayed while prosecutors attempt to tally exact how much money Breen stole. Meanwhile, the controversy has reached Watertown's mayor, Jeff Graham. Graham operates one of the bars where Breen played Quick Draw. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article
NYRA's Saratoga Springs track
NYRA's Saratoga Springs track

New York Racing Authority, ORDA Face Audits

Another of Governor Pataki's state authorities has come under fire for poor management and inappopriate spending. In an audit released yesterday, state comptroller Alan Hevesi slammed the New York Racing Association for wasting more than a million dollars. As Brian Mann reports, the comptroller's office has also begun an audit of the Olympic Regional Development Authority.  Go to full article

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