- Associated Press - Thursday, June 5, 2014

RENSSELAER, N.Y. (AP) - A proposed casino on the Hudson River across from Albany has received approval from local officials.

The Rensselaer (rehn-suh-LEER’) Common Council voted Wednesday in favor of a resolution supporting a casino proposed from Flaum Management and the Chickasaw Nation’s Global Gaming Solutions. The developers revealed earlier this week that they had shifted their focus to a casino site in the city of Rensselaer from a site off the Thruway in neighboring Albany, which was unsuitable for the large-scale resort.

With the withdrawal of a Catskill proposal Thursday, there are 18 development groups interested in four casino licenses that will be granted in three regions: the Albany-Saratoga area, the Southern Tier-Finger Lakes region and the Catskills and mid-Hudson River Valley.

Applicants have until June 30 to submit final proposals.

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