St. Regis Mohawk Casino Gets Backing from Governor - Tuesday 30th of May 2006

LAS VEGAS Empire Resorts, Inc. today announced that on Thursday, May 25, 2006, Gregory J. Allen, the Senior Assistant Counsel to Governor George Pataki, sent a letter to George T. Skibine, Director of the BIA's Office of Indian Gaming Management, stating that the Governor strongly supports the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe's efforts to build a casino at Monticello Raceway. In addition, the letter requested that the BIA expedite its review of any remaining environmental assessment issues and notify the Governor's office when all matters have been satisfactorily addressed.

David P. Hanlon, Empire's President and CEO, commented, "We are grateful to the Governor's office, once again, for showing its support for our partners, the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe. We are nearly complete with providing the additional information requested by the BIA and will respectfully await the outcome of their review process."

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