A casino could be coming to Montgomery County. Our Madeleine Rivera has the details from Amsterdam.
AMSTERDAM, N.Y. -- The members of Amsterdam's Common Council say a casino in the city is a no-brainer.
"We're in a terrific location. We're only forty minutes from the Capital. We're only forty minutes from Saratoga. Were only an hour from Utica," said Amsterdam Mayor Ann Thane.
The members voted to approve the casino on Tuesday night. The overwhelming support cleared hurdles for gaming commissioners interested in establishing a presence in the city.
City officials say there might be a solid proposal in the near future.
"Our chances have gone up considerably. I wouldn't say they're great. But they've gone up considerably because of this parcel of land on the south side of the city," said Robert von Hasseln, the director of community development for Amsterdam.
The land is a 500 acres just off the Thruway. The Nadler Francisco plot is is partially located in Amsterdam and the town of Florida. At least one developer has proposed a $100 million project for this land.
"It would be a casino, hotel, entertainment," said von Hasseln.
Amsterdam is just one city that's being considered a potential site for the Capital Region's casion. City officials in Saratoga Springs have held several meetings about a casino being built in the city. However, Amsterdam officials say they need this project more than Saratoga does.
"This project would impact our economy in ways that are much more dramatic than Saratoga," said Thane.