Council shows casino support


Members of the Amsterdam Common Council voted Tuesday to support efforts to build a casino in Montgomery County.

The vote was 3-0; 2nd Ward Alderwoman Valerie Beekman abstained and 5th Ward Alderman Richard Leggiero was absent.

In November 2013, voters in New York state approved the development of seven casinos in the state. The process of siting those casinos is now under way, and a site in the Town of Florida is under consideration.

The resolution expresses Amsterdam’s support for a local casino “provided there is stated support from the host municipality.” The Florida Town Board will take up the matter at its meeting Feb. 24.

The resolution cites “potential economic benefits” of locating a casino in Montgomery County.

“I’m in support of this,” 1st Ward Alderman Ed Russo said during the meeting. “It will help the county. It’s a good resolution.”

Beekman said after the meeting she abstained because she needed more information.

“What else [besides potential economic benefits] is it going to bring with it?” she asked. “I wish we could bring some businesses in here. That’s my top priority.”

John Becker

John Becker is both a Reporter and Consulting Editor for The Compass. He and his wife Pat operate Abbey Farms in Amsterdam NY.