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NY commission starts seeking casino applications

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- State regulators selecting new casino operators in upstate New York say they will weigh local support from community groups and businesses.

The state Gaming Commission's Facility Location Board put out requests for applications Monday for casinos in the Albany area, the Catskills and the Southern Tier. Applications need to be in by June.

Regulators say they will seek exhaustive information from applicants on their finances, background and site plans. They also said they will consider a broad array of local opinion.

Around a dozen potential casino operators have expressed interest in putting up the $1 million casino application this year. New York already has five Indian casinos and nine racinos with slot-like video lottery terminals, but interested developers believe there is room for growth.

To see the full RFP, visit http://www.cbs6albany.com/images/CASINO RFA.pdf.