Proposed Rensselaer casino site gets visit from Hark Rock chairman

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Updated: 8/04 5:54 pm

RENSSELAER, N.Y. – The city of Rensselaer is hedging its bets on partnering up with the Hard Rock to attract the state's attention for a possible Las Vegas style casino.

It’s now a waiting game as several potential sites wait to hear from the State Gaming Commission on who will be awarded a casino license.

But until then, Hard Rock officials are launching a ground campaign of sorts to make it known they're ready to build. On Monday, the chairman of Hard Rock stopped at DeLaet’s Landing in Rensselaer, where the city wants to build the casino, if approved by the state.

Chairman Jim Allen says it's the best site in the state of New York, with a nearby rail station that could attract many visitors.

And support in East Greenbush for a casino has been dwindling. In a statement to NEWS10 ABC, Mary Ann Matters of the East Greenbusgh Town Board said, "My concerns about the process thus far have been many but mostly that it is moving way too fast. Resolve on both sides of the issue is strong and by no means losing steam.”

But Rensselaer Mayor Dan Dwyer says he's heard very little opposition for a casino in his city.

Allen says public hearings will likely be held in September, and then they can start the permitting and approval process.

He expects the state to pick an applicant before end of the year.

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