Today truly marks the beginning of a new era for Sullivan County. At long last the quest for class three gaming has moved one step closer to realization. A single casino license for region one awarded in Sullivan County is at the very least what needs to happen to realize the intent of the legislation passed last November by a referendum of the voters of New York State. Today Sullivan County takes another step in the journey to the promise of what can be done through this extraordinary opportunity. Throughout this entire process Sullivan County remained consistent and forthright with our message and I cannot express in words how gratified I am that the process stayed as true and as forthright as that message. Although we are disappointed with the exclusion of Mohegan Sun at the Concord for the possibility for a second license we are pleased with this result. It has been a long 40 plus year journey for the residents and businesses of Sullivan County and to to move this much closer to what we have always believed is our destiny is thrilling. I am certain that we will achieve all that we knew we could with the benefit of class three gaming at the site of the former Concord Hotel Resort.
Kudos and thanks to Chairman Kevin Law and the Location Board, Rob Williams and the Gaming Commission, Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther, Assemblyman Gary Pretlow, State Senator John Bonacic and most of all Governor Andrew Cuomo for moving us closer to this reality. Without Governor Cuomo’s forethought, tenacity and commitment, this outcome would never have been possible. This group of able leaders remained steadfast in the process, recognized the spirit and intent of the legislation and understand that a license awarded to Montreign/Adelaar will truly benefit Sullivan County, the Catskills/Hudson Valley and upstate regions and all of New York State. I believe that this scenario will start the trend of people in the metropolitan region and worldwide vacationing and visiting upstate New York once again, as they did for generations. It will revive a long dormant tourism and hospitality industry and completely revitalize the economic future of the entire upstate region.
By choosing Montreign/Adelaar at this juncture, the Governor and the Gaming Commission have recognized the best possible outcome for this process. Montreign and Adelaar are significant developments unto themselves but together create the most significant destination resort scenario that New York State has ever imagined. It will be everything that anyone would have hoped for and more.
There are so many people, residents, business owners and local public officials, who worked so incredibly hard for so many years to bring us to this auspicious day. The list goes on and on. I am grateful to and congratulate them for all they have done in support of this extraordinary effort. Today, I would like to express my gratitude to the Sullivan County Legislature, the Town of Thompson Board of Trustees, Tony Cellini and William Reiber, former and current Supervisor of the Town of Thompson and most especially the leadership of our remarkable Sullivan County Economic Development Team. That includes Cathy Paty and the Board of the Sullivan County Chamber of Commerce, Roberta Byron Lockwood and Herb Clark and the Board of the Sullivan County Visitors Association, Marc Baez and the Board of the Sullivan County Partnership for Economic Development, and most especially Ira Steingart, Chairman, and Walter Garigliano, General Counsel and the Board of the Sullivan County IDA. Without their tireless efforts recently and over the years, we would not be here today. Finally, I would like to thank the principals of Montreign and Adelaar for choosing Sullivan County and remaining patient and resolute throughout this very uncertain process. Today we all celebrate another step forward toward a new and very exciting future for Sullivan County and the entire Great Empire State.
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