Warren County weighs whether to get in running for casino

Posted at: 04/30/2013 6:23 PM
Updated at: 05/01/2013 10:22 AM
By: Mark Mulholland

LAKE GEORGE - On a beautiful spring day in Lake George, the talk is of indoor activities. Namely, casino gambling.

The governor has said he wants to put three full-fledged casinos in upstate New York as a way to improve the economy, but he's not showing his cards about where they'll go -- leaving communities all over the area wondering if they should try to get in the game.

"The gambling train is coming and do we want to get on it and see where it's going to go at the end? Or, if we stand by in station and it passes us by, it's too late," said Lake George Mayor Robert Blais.

Blais set up a public forum held Tuesday night at the Fort William Henry, where speakers were explaining the ins and outs and the public heard the pros and cons.

The owners of the 300-acre Roaring Brook Resort, just outside the village, would like to have their property used for one of New York's new casinos.

"Warren County needs something like that for year-round employment. It truly does," said George Greene, president and general manager of Roaring Brook Ranch Resort

Both Greene and the mayor say Warren County has a greater need for a casino than Saratoga County, where an effort is underway to lobby the governor to put it in Saratoga Springs, which is already home to a racino and the famed race track.

"The North Country needs it far more than Saratoga Springs and Saratoga County. They're doing quite well," said Blais.