During his State of the State address, Gov. Cuomo announced that he has nominated Hobart and William Smith Colleges President Mark Gearan to chair the New York Gaming Commission. We are pleased to see that an Upstater will be involved in the process of siting casinos Upstate.


The position is unpaid, and is subject to approval by the State Senate.  The Governor said he expects the Gaming Commission to begin the process of reviewing casino bids by the summer, and will award casino licenses in the fall.