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Senate confirms Gearan as state gaming commission chair

Rochester Business Journal
March 5, 2014

Mark Gearan, president of Hobart and William Smith Colleges, has been confirmed as chairman of the New York State Gaming Commission.

Gearan will lead a commission created to regulate all aspects of gaming and gambling activity in New York State, including the development of casinos in Upstate New York, officials said.

“Casino gaming holds the potential to create thousands of new jobs in Upstate New York while providing millions of dollars (for) schools and local governments statewide,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a statement released Tuesday announcing Gearan’s approval by the Senate.

The commission is scheduled to meet next Wednesday to appoint members for the Gaming Facility Location Board and to adopt equine drug rules to bring uniformity to the state’s horse racing industry.

Gearan has been president of the Geneva, Ontario County, colleges for 15 years.

“I am honored to take on this important role that will help shepherd much-needed economic development throughout New York State,” he said.

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