News from the Associated Press - June 17, 2014

Associated Press
June 17, 2014

Development group drops Catskills casino bid

LIBERTY, N.Y. (AP) - A second development group is dropping its proposal to build a casino in the Catskills, citing the possibility of a competing casino closer to New York City.

Foxwoods and Muss Development informed local officials Monday that they are dropping plans to build a casino in Liberty in Sullivan County. An advertisement to appear in local papers said the prospect of a casino in Orange County made it impossible to secure proper financing.

Earlier this month, Trading Cove and the Stockbridge-Munsee Community of Wisconsin said they would not bid for a license in the Sullivan County town of Thompson for similar reasons.

Applicants must submit proposals by June 30 for one of four licenses that will be granted in upstate New York.

There are still applications expected in the Catskills.


Gov. Cuomo seeks flood disaster aid for western NY

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Gov. Andrew Cuomo is seeking a federal major disaster declaration for 11 central and western New York counties after storms and flooding caused widespread damage.

The affected counties are Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Delaware, Herkimer, Lewis, Livingston, Ontario, Otsego, Steuben and Yates.

The storms that began on May 12 brought rainfall in some areas at rates of 5 to 7 inches in less than three hours. Over 6,500 homes and business were without power and over 130 families sustained significant property damage.

Cuomo declared a state disaster emergency within impacted areas on May 14.

A damage assessment validated state and county expenditures of more than $28 million in response and recovery efforts.


Fast-food workers to push for raise at NY Capitol

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Fast-food workers and other low-wage employees from around New York are heading to the state Capitol to pressure lawmakers to approve an increase in the minimum wage.

Supporters want lawmakers to raise the wage from $8 an hour to $10.10, allow New York City and other communities to raise the wage as high as $13.13, and make future increases automatic, based on inflation.

Several hundred workers are expected to gather at the Capitol on Tuesday. Organizers say they plan to bus in supporters from around the state.

The bill has emerged as a contentious issue in the final days of the session. The state Legislature expects to adjourn on Thursday.


Lawmakers preparing for July budget vote

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Pennsylvania's state Senate majority leader says he's telling rank-and-file Republican senators to prepare to work in the Capitol into July on a $29.4 billion budget plan whose deficit seems to grow by the day.

Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi said Monday that it's unlikely a new state budget will be approved before the fiscal year ends June 30. Lawmakers reconvened with two weeks left in the fiscal year amid closed-door work by Republicans on the budget.

Gov. Tom Corbett is keeping a low profile and isn't saying how he would close the nearly $2 billion potential budget gap.

His spokesman says the Republican governor won't sign a budget bill until lawmakers pass legislation to restructure the state's public employee pension systems and liberalize the sale of alcoholic beverages in Pennsylvania.

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