One remaining harness racing racino license is yet to be awarded in New York, and another developer has made public plans to build such a facility along the border with Canada.
Marc Fernandezrepresents Bonnie Castle Resort, which hopes to build a five-eighths mile racetrack and casino in Alexandria Bay, N.Y., located approximately 240 miles north and east of Buffalo via interstate highways. Fernandez has taken the step of contacting New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to announce his group's intentions.
"If you look at a map of all of the casinos, Indian-run casinos, racinos and racetracks, you will notice that there is nothing north of Syracuse," Fernandez was quoted in the Mid-Hudson News as saying in his letter to the governor."There is one Indian-run (casino) up north, but everything is basically down around New York City and Buffalo. There is the racetrack in Vernon Downs, but there is nothing north of the (New York) Thruway, north of Syracuse."
Bennett Liebman, deputy secretary for gaming and racing in the governor's office, reportedly replied to Fernandez by writing, "As you are aware, there are a number of applicants for the final harness racing/racino license that is available under the law. This office is committed to a full, fair and transparent review of all the applications."
One other application is one by Louis Cappelli, who proposes to work with Mohegan Sun to develop a racino at the old Concord Hotel in Kiamesha Lake, in the Catskill Mountains.
by John Pawlak, the U.S. Trotting Association