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Casino resorts plan approved by New York state board

Advocates celebrate nod after intense lobbying for full-scale gambling as salve for region's economic woes

The three resorts planned near Albany, Monticello and in Tyre are expected to open in early 2017, if not sooner, and capture dollars now spent by New York gamblers in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

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ONE of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's signature initiatives - the expansion of gambling in the state - took a major step forward on Wednesday when a state board recommended the approval of Las Vegas-style casino resorts in the Catskill Mountains, near Albany and on the northern