In Letter, Interior Department Raises Questions About Catskills Casino

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The New York Times reported today that last year’s deal between former Gov. David Paterson and Stockbridge-Munsee Tribe of Wisconsin to build a casino in the Catskills is likely to be rejected.

Here’s the letters that the U.S. Department of the Interior wrote late last month to both Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the tribe’s president, Kimberly Vele, asking some questions about the project. Among the questions include why the tribe is agreeing to use the land only for a casino and “commercial activities” and how the casino would impact the nearby Monticello Race Track, which has more than 1,000 video-lottery terminals run by the state.

The letters states that Cuomo and the tribe need to respond by Friday to the questions because the agency has until Feb. 18 to rule on the compact. There was no immediate comment from Cuomo’s office or the tribe on whether they have yet.

DOI Letter On Catskills Casino

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