Last Wednesday, the New York State Gaming Commission formally appointed the first three members of the Resort Gaming Facility Location Board, which will help the Commission determine who should receive licenses to operate commercial casinos.


The Gaming Commission is expected to issue a request for proposals in the next few weeks as it moves forward with the issuance of up to four commercial casino licenses in the Catskills, the Southern Tier and the Capital Region.


The siting board will establish the criteria to grade the bids, develop an application form, set a license fee (which the Administration expects to average $50 million per license) and determine a minimum capital investment and how local support will be shown.