Empire Resorts submits application for Catskills casino license

Empire Resorts has submitted the $1-million application fee to the New York State Gaming Commission for a destination gaming resort license in the Catskills. The company is seeking to build a 391-room hotel there.

"We have been working diligently on this project for over three years. Adelaar is a project that is well positioned to meet the RFA's requirement to be open 24 months after a license is granted," said Empire Chairman Emanuel Pearlman. "We are continuing our partnership with local upstate stakeholders and we look forward to providing the New York State Facility Location Board with a comprehensive application package that exceeds the requirements of the RFA."

The payment of the fee is the first step of the overall vetting process that will determine the award of a Gaming Facility License in the Hudson Valley/Catskills region of upstate New York. Empire Resorts previously announced it has planned a four-star hotel that will have approximately 391 rooms. The proposed gaming facility is expected to include a 70,000-square foot gaming floor with a variety of table games and slots machines, restaurants and beverage outlets, a conference center, meeting rooms, spa and salo, and entertainment venues.

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