Feds not hot on Bridgeville casino scheme

Apparently, as opponents of a plan to build a resort casino in Sullivan County gathered at Albany this week, the casinos backers were getting "frowns" and "bad vibrations" in Washington about the plan.

The Times Herald-Record reports that members of the Stockbridge-Munsee Band of Mohicans and their politician backers were in DC on Thursday, and have come back discouraged:

"It is going to be a real tough push to get approval," said Todd Diorio, president of the Hudson Valley Building Trades Council. Diorio met with national union leaders and attended a meeting in [U.S. Senator Charles] Schumer's office.

"I don't think we are as close as I did a month ago."


Sen. John Bonacic, R-C-Mount Hope, said his meetings with the BIA left him with "bad vibrations."

"Things are not looking good," said Thompson Supervisor Tony Cellini, who did not attend the meetings in Washington but has been contacted by the tribe.