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Bill Rieber current Town of Thompson ...
Bill Rieber current Town of Thompson Supervisor and Anthony Cellini (former Town of Thompson Supervisor) have made a large impact and will continue to contribute towards the re-emergence of the Sullivan County, NY Catskills.
"There would be a conflict of ...
"There would be a conflict of interest if somebody from this area sat on it," assessed Thompson Town Supervisor Tony Cellini.
That's from a man who is as enthusiastic as anyone about casinos – and in whose town at least one is likely to arise.
"I think we're the #1 choice here," he agreed.
Jerry Fielding, Ramon Cedeira and William ...
Jerry Fielding, Ramon Cedeira and William Rieber (l to r) are all vying to succeed retiring Thompson Supervisor Tony Cellini this November 5th.
Trio vying to succeed Supervisor Cellini
His old friend, Tony Cellini
, is retiring at the end of this year, and Fielding would like to replace him.
And thanks to his
friendship with Cellini
knows how to accomplish all of the above.
Asked what he'd do differently than outgoing Thompson Supervisor Tony Cellini, who's run the district which includes the county seat Village of Monticello for two decades, Cedeira said, "This will be an extensive list that will need to be analyzed and prioritized once I am elected.
As for what he'd do differently than Cellini
, who oversaw an unprecedented amount of expansion and development during his two-decade tenure, Rieber says, "I'm my own personality.
It's a matter of protecting the ...
It's a matter of protecting the town, said Thompson Supervisor Tony Cellini, even though highway departments throughout the county (and neighboring counties) have shared personnel, equipment and supplies for decades.
In a letter sent earlier this month to Cellini
, Sipos suggested combining Forestburgh's highway department with Thompson's – possibly even turning it into a Dept. of Public Works
with an appointed leader answerable directly to the two town boards.
But just because on Friday the ...
But just because on Friday the State Legislature passed legislation authorizing four upstate casinos doesn't mean Thompson Supervisor Tony Cellini – or anyone else in Sullivan County, for that matter – believes it's a done deal.
"I'm still guarded about the future," confirmed Cellini, who's been on this roller-coaster since the '70s.
The plan – which would allow one to three casinos in the Catskills – still has to gain public approval in a statewide referendum this November 5, Election Day.
And that may be a significant hurdle even in a state economically suffering as much as New York.
"I think the polls are pretty close now," Cellini said, citing a report of 48 percent of state voters against vs.
44 percent in favor of legalizing gambling.
Plus, gaming interests in neighboring Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Connecticut are likely preparing a public relations and political push against the measure.
"I'm certain they don't want to see it here," Cellini surmised.
That said, he just spoke with EPT/Empire, which seeks to turn much of the old Concord property near Monticello into a destination resort, including a casino.
"They're ready to commence land-clearing," he related – as early as next week.
Other long-dormant casino interests in the county are also stirring, though Cellini didn't identify who.
"We do basically have three shovel-ready sites here in the Town of Thompson," he pointed out.
In the meantime, he's contemplating putting out signs urging the public to get behind this latest casino call.
"We have to unite as a community, as a region, for this," Cellini insisted.