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December 08, 2016
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Pitching Adelaar to the public; The favorite in the race for a casino license

Sullivan County Legislature chairman Scott Samuelson addressed the audience at the unveiling of the Adelaar resort and casino at the Bethel Woods Event Gallery on March 13.
TRR photo by Fritz Mayer

Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther alluded to competition from developers in Orange County who have expressed their desire to open a casino closer to the city. She said the “intent” of the legislation was to benefit economically depressed areas, suggesting that a Sullivan County casino should more properly receive a license than one in Orange.

Elsewhere on the casino front, at their town meeting on March 12, the Bethel town board voted four to one in favor of supporting two casinos in Sullivan County. Council member Dawn Ryder voted “no,” because she said the impacts of casinos would outweigh any benefits.

In the town of Cochecton, on the same night, the board voted three to one to pass a similar resolution, with council member Larry Richardson voting “no.”