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LEAVING NO STONE UNTURNED, SULLIVAN WOOS ONEIDAS

Dec 27, 2001 12:53 AM

Sullivan County officials will visit the Oneida Indian nation and its Turning Stone Casino Resort this week in an effort to expand gaming in New York.

Sullivan leaders want the Oneidas to build a casino in the county. The Oneidas have received numerous groups in the state to open casinos.

The Oneidas had proposed a casino a Monticello Raceway in Sullivan County about six years ago, but the offer stalled for reasons that included concerns from Gov. George Pataki about Indian nations building casinos on non-Indian land.

Two casinos already are proposed in Sullivan County, including one involving the St. Regis Mohawks and Park Place Entertainment.