The New York Gaming Commission did not issue licenses Monday for the four casinos it approved a year ago, but neither was there any indication that the body is backing away from an earlier promise to award licenses before the end of the year.
Before the Commission can award the licenses it had to conduct background checks on casino owners, draft regulations and review the final details of the projects, according to an Associated Press report.
Four casinos are planned for locations in the Finger Lakes, Catskills, Schenectady and the Southern Tier.
It was not clear whether the delay in the formal awarding of licenses had anything to do with the fact that the state’s attorney general has recently been busy with other gambling-related matters – what the AG has termed “illegal gambling” – on another front.
The current effort to shut down daily fantasy sports betting in the state has recently consumed a lot of time and energy
Phil Hevener has been writing about the Nevada gaming business for more than 30 years. Email: [email protected].