SCHOHARIE, N.Y. – The Schoharie County Board of Supervisors now supports a possible Las Vegas style casino in the area after a presentation by the owners of Howe Caverns.
Howe Caverns hopes their extra space of 300-plus acres can be a potential site for a Las Vegas style casino in New York.
On Friday, the manager presented a plan to the Schoharie County Board of Supervisors, hoping to change their stance on bringing a casino to the area.
The state plans to build a total of seven Las Vegas style casinos, four of them in Upstate New York. The owners of Howe Caverns say they will remain a family destination, and that having a casino would just be an asset to benefit the surrounding area, especially after the destruction of Irene and Lee.
It was a very long discussion after the presentation, and the board members were back and forth on the proposal. In the end, the board has approved 13 to 3 a resolution to support the idea of a potential Las Vegas style casino to come to the area.
After representatives from Howe Caverns expressed it would be unfair to only have their site considered, the board approved a motion to re-introduce bringing a casino to Schoharie County-- which the board voted down last month.
The board is now moving forward after listening to Howe Caverns, saying the county would be in support of being a potential site for a casino.
Howe Caverns says it is ready sell or lease their empty space if a developer is interested in their site.
"I'm sure as everyone is aware of the devastation of Irene and Lee... We need good paying jobs to keep them here," said Christopher Tague, Howe Caverns Planner.
The Board of Supervisors also passed a motion to schedule a public hearing, but they need to keep in mind the deadline is nearing for a developer to put in a request for application to the gaming commission letting them know they're interested.