ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York gambling regulators have approved licenses for three new casinos under construction in the Catskills, Schenectady (skeh-NEHK'-ta-dee) and the Finger Lakes.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York gambling regulators have approved licenses for three new casinos under construction in the Catskills, Schenectady (skeh-NEHK'-ta-dee) and the Finger Lakes.

The Gaming Commission's five members unanimously approved each without comment, concluding principals and associates cleared criminal background checks and the applicants met legal and financial requirements.

That follows selection by a siting board last year of applications for the Montreign Resort Casino in the Sullivan County town of Thompson; the Rivers Casino & Resort at Mohawk Harbor in Schenectady; and Lago Resort & Casino in the Seneca County town of Tyre.

The casinos have been projected to support more than 3,200 full-time jobs and generate $265 million in taxes, along with $136 million in licensing fees.

A proposed Southern Tier casino has received siting board approval.