Republican Sen. James Seward last week sent a letter to Gov. Andrew Cuomo to boost the prospects of the proposed Howe Caverns Resort and Casino as one of the projects selected.

The letter, which was addressed to both Cuomo and the members of the Gaming Facility Location Board, notes the original, stated intent of the casino expansion amendment approved by voters last year was to increase job growth and aid to schools.

“It is clear that no other site better fulfills these strict criteria, no will another have a more profound regional impact, than the Howe Caverns Resort and Casino,” Seward wrote in the letter dated Nov. 14. “It is projected to deliver 20 percent more revenue to the Schoharie County budget, create 3,000 construction jobs and nearly 2,000 permanent positions.”

Seward in the letter notes the proposed casino at Howe Caverns has an ideal location as well.

“Howe Caverns will also be the only complement to the Saratoga Casino and Raceway, which will maximize the overall economic benefit to New York State,” Seward wrote.

Up to four licenses for three different regions for the state will be issued in the first phase of casino construction.

The Capital Region, the Hudson Valley/Catskills and the Finger Lakes/Southern Tier region of the state fall within the first round of casino siting.

The state Gaming Commission is due to meet on Friday, but a decision as to which casino developments will be selected will not be announced at that meeting.

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