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LAWYER WANTS TO CHALLENGE CASINOS IN CATSKILLS

Jan 31, 2002 11:37 PM

Gambling in the Catskills may not be a lock.

Attorney Cornelius Murray filed a suit in Albany claiming that laws allowing New York gambling violate the state constitution.

If a judge says the request is valid and grants the injunction, the governor can't cut a deal with a tribe to open a casino. Video lottery terminals would also not be allowed at nearly Monticello Raceway.

Casino construction might be delayed until the lawsuit is resolved. The Mohawks and Mohicans were hoping to begin construction this year. The VLTs were headed to Monticello in November.