The state Gaming Commission released a request for proposals late last month to hire a firm for “gaming advisory services” as it plans early next year to review locations for four upstate casinos.
The hiring of an expert to help the commission’s siting board was part of the legislation approved earlier this year to allow for four upstate casinos in the Southern Tier, Albany area and Catskills.
After Jan. 1, the Gaming Commission will appoint a Facility Location Board to being to review applications for the casino licenses. There are at least three proposals in each of the three areas, and the Catskills are likely to get two casino licenses.
Voters approved a change to the state constitution on Nov. 5 to allow for up to seven privately owned casinos in New York. The first four would be upstate and would have exclusivity for seven years. The other three are likely to be put in the New York City area.
The RFP calls for the selection by Jan. 9