Recommended and rejected New York casino proposals

Industries Associated Press

A New York board has recommended three sites for upstate casinos but rejected 13 others. Here's a look at the proposals:

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RECOMMENDED:

— CATSKILLS AND MID-HUDSON RIVER VALLEY: Montreign Resort Casino, Sullivan County. By Empire Resorts. Investment: $1.1 billion or less. Location: Thompson, on the grounds of the old Concord hotel. Bidder has said the size and cost of the project would be dependent on the number and location of casino licenses issued. Empire operates through a subsidiary, the nearby Monticello Casino & Raceway.

— ALBANY-SARATOGA: Rivers Casino & Resort at Mohawk Harbor, Schenectady County. By Capital Region Gaming. Investment: $300 million. Location: Schenectady. The plan calls for more than 1,100 slot machines and a 150-room hotel to be built on a formerly blighted riverfront site.

— FINGER LAKES-SOUTHERN TIER: Lago Resort & Casino, Seneca County. By Wilmorite. Investment: $425 million. Location: Tyre, in the Finger Lakes. The developers say they hope to operate 85 table games and 2,000 slot machines. Lago is Italian for "lake."

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REJECTED:

— Sterling Forest Resort, Orange County. By Genting Americas. Investment: $1.5 billion. Location: Tuxedo in Orange County, 35 miles from the George Washington Bridge. Sterling was the largest of the proposed projects. Genting Americas, a subsidiary of the Malaysia-based Genting Group, operates Resorts World Casino New York City.

— Caesars New York, Orange County. By Caesars Entertainment. Investment: $880 million. Location: in Woodbury, near the Thruway exit and Woodbury Commons shopping center. Site is a roughly 50-mile drive from New York City. Project would include 300 luxury hotel rooms and 50 poker tables.

— Resorts World Hudson Valley, Orange County. By Genting Americas. Investment: $830 million. Location: off Interstate 84, in Montgomery. Genting said this project would be a good fit if the siting board decided to place a casino closer to a distressed area.

— The Live! Hotel and Casino, Orange County. By Cordish Companies and Penn National Gaming. Investment: $750 million. Location: South Blooming Grove. Applicant planned a 12-story hotel with more than 300 rooms and a gaming floor that would include 3,200 slot machines.

— Hudson Valley Casino & Resort, Orange County. By Saratoga Casino and Raceway and Rush Street Gaming. Investment: $670 million. Location: Town of Newburgh. Would include a 300-room hotel that could be expanded.

— Nevele Resort, Casino & Spa, Ulster County. By Nevele. Investment: $640 million. Location: Wawarsing, at site of old Nevele hotel. The now-shuttered Nevele hotel has a distinctive nine-story round tower of rooms, which would be retained. The Nevele is about a half-hour drive from the other two Catskills contenders.

— Mohegan Sun at The Concord, Sullivan County. By Concord Kiamesha LLC and Mohegan Gaming NY. Investment: $550 million. Location: Thompson, on the grounds of the old Concord hotel. Application promised a 252-room hotel and 52,000-square-foot gaming hall. Developer Louis Cappelli also was involved in the bid.

— Grand Hudson Resort & Casino, Orange County. By Greenetrack. Investment: $400 million. Location: New Windsor, near Stewart International Airport. Applicant planned for 3,000 slot machines and 100 table games and said airport site already has much of the needed infrastructure in place.

— Howe Caverns Resort & Casino, Schoharie County. By Howe Caves Development. Investment: $330 million to $450 million. Location: on the site of Howe Caverns, a show cave and tourist attraction. The proposal includes a hotel, up to 1,500 slot machines, a waterpark and an animatronic dinosaur attraction.

— Capital View Casino & Resort, Rensselaer County. By Saratoga Casino and Raceway and Churchill Downs. Investment: $300 million. Location: in East Greenbush, off Interstate 90 east of Albany. Project called for a 100-room hotel, an entertainment venue and a casino floor with 1,500 slot machines and 56 tables.

— Hard Rock, Rensselaer County. By Hard Rock International. Investment: $280 million. Location: Rensselaer, directly across the Hudson River from Albany. A Hard Rock Cafe and a river boardwalk would be built alongside the casino.

— Traditions Resort & Casino, Broome County. By Traditions Resort & Casino. Investment: $212 million. Location: Johnson City. This proposal would be built as an expansion of the existing Traditions Resort and Conference Center and would include an outdoor concert venue.

— Tioga Downs Casino, Tioga County. By Tioga Downs Racetrack. $187 million. Location: Nichols, on the site of an existing racino in the Southern Tier. Plan called for 1,000 slot machines, 50 table games and the addition of a hotel and event center.

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Sources: Applications with NY Gaming Commission, news reports.