Developer drops Albany-area casino bid

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A development team is ending its bid to build a casino near Albany to focus on an alternative casino proposal in Orange County.

Cordish Companies and Penn National Gaming announced Wednesday that they will request a refund of the $1 million application fee paid to state regulators for the Rensselaer County proposal.

The two companies continue to work on their Orange County proposal, which they say provides the “best opportunity” to win a casino license.

The number of casino proposals now stands at 19. Up to four casinos are authorized for three regions: the Albany-Saratoga area, the Southern Tier-Finger Lakes region and the Catskills and mid-Hudson River Valley, an area that includes Orange County.

Applicants have until June 30 to submit final proposals. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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