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Casino battle heats up

EAST GREENBUSH -- The decision on the casino licenses will be handed down this fall, but developers of a proposed casino in East Greenbush are going ahead and holding a job fair Tuesday anyway.

The job fair will be at the Melvin Roads American Legion Post on Columbia Turnpike from 3-7 p.m. It will discuss career opportunities that will be coming to the East Greenbush area if Capital View Casino and Resort wins the Capital Region casino license.

East Greenbush developers offered to pay Albany a million dollars a year for seven years for the city to back their plan.

Monday night Rensselaer also tried to strike a deal. One million dollars a year for ten years to exclusively back the proposed Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Rensselaer plan. For the most part, Albany city lawmakers came out in favor because they want the future jobs, but the ultimate decision will come from the city's mayor.

The state gaming commission is expected to issue at least one license to operate a casino in the Capital Region, aside from Rensselaer and East Greenbush the two other potential candidates are Howe Caverns and Schenectady.
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