The state's casino location board has moved forward with new bidding from developers for a license in New York's Southern Tier.
The Gaming Facility Location Board has accepted bid documents drafted by staff, though members note that a winning bid will have to be better than two previously rejected proposals in the region.
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It has also accepted the 800-page report with detailed findings on all 16 applicants in earlier bidding. That resulted in recommendations for new casinos in the Catskills, Schenectady and the Finger Lakes.
The state's Gaming Commission must still approve the new bidding.
It's currently conducting background investigations of the three winning bidders' principals.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo asked the board and commission in December to consider awarding a fourth license for a Southern Tier site.