Senate Racing, Wagering and Gaming Committee Chairman John Bonacic released a letter to state gaming regulators on Monday expressing concern that placing a casino in Orange County would hurt downstate gaming parlors with video-lottery terminals and not help the jobs-starved Catskills region.

“Proposals in the Catskills are significantly further along, if not finished with their reviews and approvals for construction of their projects, as opposed to projects through the southern part of the region which have only begun the process,” Bonacic wrote in the letter dated Sept. 18.

He adds that having casino resorts built in Orange County — Genting is proposing a massive resort in the county and locating it as closely as possible to New York City — would harm revenue going to Yonkers and Aqueduct VLTs.

The four-page letter repeatedly notes the intent of the amendment to expand casino gambling as outlined by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Bonacic himself in New York beyond Indian-run gaming halls was to boost the economic outlook of financially strapped regions.

“Voters throughout New York state relied on these statements, and others like them, when they passed with over 57% support, the constitutional amendment necessary to bring about this process,” Bonacic wrote.

Developers seeking up to four lucrative licenses from the state Gaming Commission have told officials on the casino location board that a casino placed in Orange County would likely cut off any revenue for a casino built in the Catskills to the North.

The state is considering casinos for three regions: the Hudson Valley/Catskills, the Southern Tier and the Capital Region.

Casino Statement by Sen Bonacic by Nick Reisman