Amid budget woes, Paterson to renew push for Catskills casinos

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With the state's fiscal problems, Gov. David Paterson is renewing a push to allow Indian casinos in the Catskills, a long-stalled plan that would boost revenue for the state and the region. Paterson's aides and federal officials, including Sen. Charles Schumer and Rep. Maurice Hinchey, D-Hurley, Ulster County, met Wednesday with Larry EchoHawk, head of the federal Bureau of Indian Affairs, in Sullivan County with hopes of getting federal approval to build three casinos in the Catskills.