Paterson asks feds to approve Catskill casinos
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May 12, 2009
MONTICELLO, NY - Gov. David Paterson has urged the new Secretary of the Interior
Department approve two Indian casino projects in Sullivan County.
Last week the governor sent a letter to Secretary Ken Salazar requesting a
reversal of the January decision by the last administration that rejected the
St. Regis Mohawk and Stockbridge-Munsee Band of the Mohican proposals in the
town of Thompson.
Paterson called former Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne's decision "misguided
"During his tenure, Secretary Kempthorne took several actions that were not in
the best interest of New York state, and this specific policy prevented critical
economic development that the Legislature and the governor's office approved,"
said Paterson. "Sullivan County's extremely depressed economy desperately needs
this kind of economic development, which will create jobs and additional
investment associated with the kind of tourism industry that this policy change
"In 2001, in response to the devastating economic impact of the September 11
attacks on New York State, state legislation was passed to allow up to three
Class III Indian gaming facilities in the Catskills region," Paterson wrote in
"In keeping with the intent of this legislation, the projects put
forward...would promote economic self-sufficiency for both tribes, while
breathing new life into Sullivan County's extremely depressed economy. The
economic development potential associated with these projects is the stimulus
these tribes and this area of the state desperately needs."
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