July 13, 2010
Last week it was announced by the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe that discussions with Empire Resorts has ended. Originally the tribe was to build a $600 million casino next to the Monticello Casino and Raceway. Talks began in Janurary of this year about the land agreement.
In 2007 a partial federal approval and and an endorsement of the then Govener Eliot Spitzer had already been granted. However, the following year Interior Secretart Dirk Kempthorne had rejected the casino land trust.
Mark Garrow, the Mohawk Chief, stated the track made the most sense to the tribe. However a purchase agreement could not be reached. Currently the tribe is looking at offers from other developers. However, according to tribe spokesman David Staddon, the Mohawks have yet to have discussions yet with other developers.
This is the second time the tribe has ended discussions for the Raceway site. The first time they left was due to placing a bid for a casino at Kutsher's.
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