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New York casino workers rally to Capitol, urge Gov. to reopen casinos

Nearly 200 workers of closed casinos in New York rallied at the state Capitol on Thursday to urge Gov. Andrew Cuomo to let the facilities reopen, saying their livelihoods are at stake.

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10/22/2020

article Gov. Cuomo’s decision to reopen casinos is confusing for religious congregations
(New York) -- In the months following the coronavirus outbreak and the shutdown of thousands of non-essential businesses and enterprises that followed it, New York State...

10/21/2020

article In trouble before pandemic, Resorts World Catskills could be challenged for years to come
(New York) -- Regional casinos like Resorts World Catskills face unprecedented coronavirus-related financial challenges, worse than from the Great Recession nearly 13...

10/20/2020

article New York reopened casino revenues in line with expectations after first full month
(New York) -- For the first four full weeks of operation since reopening after a six-month COVID-19 shutdown, gross gaming revenue at Rivers Casino & Resort...

10/19/2020

article New York Gaming Commission hears testimony on whether whip rules should be changed
(New York) -- The New York Gaming Commission on Monday heard two hours of testimony from a variety of racing constituencies as the regulatory body begins to explore...

10/17/2020

article Schenectady, Saratoga casinos say reopening has gone well; revenue down 30%
(New York) -- A month after they reopened, New York’s casinos have had varying degrees of success in rebounding from their six-month COVID-19 shutdown. For the...

10/16/2020

article OP/ED: Stop watching New York's gambling dollars leave for New Jersey
(New York) -- This fan has a few choices. The fan could take a ferry or the PATH across the Hudson River and use a smartphone to bet through one of the numerous mobile...

10/15/2020

article NY sports betting revenue falls 38.5% following September relaunch
(New York) -- New York’s four commercial casinos generated sports betting revenue of $1.4m after reopening on September 9, once the state’s novel coronavirus...
article Queens' Resorts World Casino NYC announces Hyatt Regency JFK hotel to open next year
(New York) -- Resorts World Casino New York City will increase its profile as a vital economic engine in southeast Queens early next year when it opens a new $400...

10/14/2020

article NYRA Instituting Purse Increases Beginning Oct. 18
(New York) -- The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) today announced that purse increases will take effect across a number of conditions beginning Sunday, October...

10/13/2020

press release Resorts World Casino to open hotel at Aqueduct Racetrack
(New York) -- This is a real gamble. Many New York hotels are sitting largely empty because of lost business due to the coronavirus pandemic. But the owner of Resorts...

10/12/2020

article Resorts World Casino to open hotel at Aqueduct Racetrack
(New York) -- This is a real gamble. Many New York hotels are sitting largely empty because of lost business due to the coronavirus pandemic. But the owner of Resorts...

10/11/2020

article Coronavirus in Cayuga County: possible exposure at Lakeside Casino
(New York) -- A patron who visited the Lakeside Entertainment Casino on Wednesday has tested positive for the coronavirus, according to Cayuga County health officials....

10/8/2020

article Could mobile sports betting be legalized by winter? Bill gets renewed attention in Albany
(New York) -- Could mobile sports betting finally get the green light in New York State? There’s renewed efforts to push a bi-partisan bill across the finish line...

10/7/2020

article Sen. Addabbo: 2020 Passage of NY Mobile Sports Betting Bill Still Possible
(New York) -- New York may have been dealt a budgetary blow by President Donald Trump’s decision to halt COVID-19 federal stimulus talks, but despite the setback,...

10/5/2020

article Casinos want single-skin system for NY online sports betting
(New York) -- The push for online sports betting in New York is moving forward, but there are still some details to work out. There is hope that a mobile sports betting...
article Madison County warns of potential coronavirus exposure at Point Place Casino for 2nd time in 4 months
(New York) -- For the second time in the last four months, Madison County health officials are warning the public of a potential exposure to the coronavirus at Point...

10/3/2020

article At least one Rivers Casino staff member tests positive for coronavirus
(New York) -- At least one staff member has tested positive for coronavirus at Schenectady’s Rivers Casino. The casino was open for business on Saturday. Rivers...
article Roulette, craps tables open again at Rivers Casino
(New York) -- Rivers Casino & Resort Schenectady announced Friday that its craps and roulette tables are now back in action for guest play. Roulette and craps were...

9/30/2020

article Good Question: Are concerts allowed at casinos?
(New York) -- Here’s a Good Question about casinos. Commercial casinos across New York have been open for nearly a month now. Gov. Andrew Cuomo lifted their...
article New horse racing bill to tackle doping
(New York) -- The use of performance-enhancing drugs, sometimes referred to as doping, has plagued sports for decades. Not only does it ruin the spirit of competition,...

9/26/2020

article COLUMN: Gaming, racing not 24/7 essential
(New Mexico) -- The Sept. 19 Journal carried pro and con articles on expanding gambling at the racinos in New Mexico. A little more information will help the argument. A...
article After a COVID-19 Shutdown, Every New York State Casino is Back in Business
(New York) -- With the recent reopening of Empire City Casino, all casinos in New York state are in operation again after a six-month COVID-19 lockdown. A harness racing...

9/25/2020

article LETTER: New York state needs to legalize online sports wagering
(New York) -- Why has New York state lagged so far behind in the implementation of online sports wagering?

9/22/2020

article Empire City Casino reopens to the public
(New York) -- Empire City Casino in Yonkers opened to the public yesterday with a 25% occupancy limit.
article MGM's Empire City becomes NY latest casino to reopen
(New York) -- Empire City Casino reopened Monday in Yonkers, New York, nearly six months after the MGM Resorts' property was forced to shut down because of the...
article Yonkers, New York sees Empire City Casino back up and running
(New York) -- It’s been a long time coming – too long by most accounts – but Empire City Casino in Yonkers, New York is finally back in business. Like...
article New York: Riverhead Town Board reiterates opposition to casino gambling
(New York) -- The Riverhead Town Board on Tuesday reiterated its opposition to casino gambling in Calverton. At the meeting, resident John McAuliff said he is still not...

9/21/2020

article With modifications in place, Empire City Casino reopens in Yonkers
(New York) -- Empire City Casino reopened today, about six months after the Yonkers gambling hub was forced to shut down because of the coronavirus. Empire City's...
article Are you the winner of $54k lottery ticket sold on Staten Island?
(New York) -- If you played the September 20 TAKE-5 Lottery -- and purchased your ticket on Forest Avenue in Mariners Harbor -- you could be a winner.

9/18/2020

article The Landing Hotel at Rivers Casino reopens
(New York) -- The Landing Hotel at Rivers Casino reopened to the public on Friday after being closed for six months. The hotel reopened with a new “Safe Bet...

9/15/2020

press release Del Lago workers getting back to work
(New York) -- Last week it was all about rallying for jobs stuck in furlough at del Lago Resort & Casino, as well as other commercial gaming facilities around New...

9/14/2020

article Sports Betting in New York: Will it Ever Goes Online?
(New York) -- Betting on sports is becoming more accepted worldwide. In the United States, more states are also starting to legalize the local operations of sportsbooks...

9/11/2020

article Tom McOwen thought his ship had come in when the Rivers Casino opened more than two years ago.
(New York) -- Tom McOwen thought his ship had come in when the Rivers Casino opened more than two years ago. The Utica-area native had been working at a casino in Wilkes...
article Sports book, slot machines open Wednesday at Rivers Casino
(New York) -- Rivers Casino & Resort reopened Wednesday evening after being closed since March - although gaming will be limited to their sports book and slot...
article Table games are reopened at Schenectady's Rivers casino
(New York) -- With slots and their sportsbook already open, Rivers Casino & Resort put its table games back into play on Friday night. The casino reopened on...

9/10/2020

article Empire City Casino to reopen with limited capacity at the end of September
(New York) -- Following months of being closed due to COVID-19 regulations, Empire City Casino announced that it will soon reopen to the public in a limited capacity.
article Rivers Casino reopens successfully, looking forward to football
(New York) -- It was a successful first night for Rivers Casino on their grand reopening. we're told around a thousand people were there Wednesday to place their bets...

9/9/2020

article Road To Reopening: New Yorkers Eagerly Line Up Outside Malls And Casinos
(New York) -- Shopping malls reopened Wednesday in New York City, and gambling resumed at casinos across the state. Of course, both have some big changes. New York City...
article Rolling the dice: Upstate New York casinos reopen today
(New York) -- All four of Upstate New York’s full-service privately owned casinos are opening today for the first time since March. They are joined by most of the...
article Saratoga, Schenectady casinos reopen to limited crowds
(New York) -- The Capital Region’s casinos reopened Wednesday, with crowds waiting at Saratoga Casino Hotel and Rivers Casino & Resort at the appointed hour....
article Sullivan County casino reopens Wednesday with 25% capacity, other restrictions
(New York) -- Linda Hamilton knew just what she was going to do on Wednesday morning to mark her 58th wedding anniversary. She and her husband, William Hamilton, who...
article With COVID-19 safeguards in place, del Lago Resort & Casino reopens
(New York) -- After a nearly six-month shutdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic, del Lago Resort & Casino in Seneca County is back in business. The casino reopens at 2...
article Casinos Open On Eve of NFL Season's Start
(New York) -- Casinos in New York will reopen today with limited capacity, social distancing and sanitizing measures in place -- just in time for the start of the...
article Casinos, like restaurants, face uphill battle: Fewer customers and more expenses
(New York) -- After being idled for five months over the Coronavirus outbreak, non-Indian gambling operations in New York State reopened Wednesday. But the casinos, just...
article National Park Service Native American Affairs Liaison Named
(USA) -- Dorothy FireCloud, a member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe and national park superintendent, has been named the National Park Service's Native American Affairs...

9/8/2020

article Casinos can reopen, but supervisors hear concerns as workers face tough reality about capacity restrictions
(New York) -- It was a quick night for the Seneca County Board of Supervisors at their regularly scheduled meeting for the month of September – but it wasn’t...
article Gov. Cuomo Gives NY Casinos Long-Awaited Green Light
(New York) -- Commercial casinos in New York will be able to reopen as of Tuesday, September 9. Gov. Andrew Cuomo gave them the go-ahead in a conference call on...
article Reopening of Resorts World Casino puts southeast Queens employees back to work
(New York) -- A Queens lawmaker is expressing gratitude toward Gov. Andrew Cuomo for allowing many of his southeast Queens constituents to get back to work with the...
article Saratoga Casino set to reopen Wednesday; Rivers in Schenectady won't, but should soon, officials say
(New York) -- One of the Capital Region’s gambling halls will open Wednesday, one will not. Non-Indian casinos statewide have been shut down since March 15 as a...
article Vernon Downs casino, others, opening Wednesday
(New York) -- New York’s 13 private casinos and racetracks can reopen their doors starting Wednesday, ending a COVID-19 shutdown that started in March. One of...

9/7/2020

article Saratoga meet ends with some ups, some downs
(New York) -- It has been a mixed bag at this year’s Saratoga Race Course meet, according to New York Racing Association President and CEO David O’Rourke....

9/6/2020

article NY casinos can reopen Wednesday at limited capacity
(New York) -- Privately owned casinos in New York will be able to reopen their doors Sept. 9 after a lengthy COVID-19 shutdown that kept them closed since March 16. The...

9/5/2020

article Genting’s upstate New York casino can reopen from Sept 9
(New York) -- Commercial-sector casinos in New York state in the United States, including one controlled by Malaysia’s Genting group, can reopen on September 9,...

9/4/2020

article Casinos allowed to reopen Sept. 9
(New York) -- The governor has announced that state-run casinos can reopen Sept 9. Malls in NYC can also reopen with a 50% occupancy limit. Both are subject to strict...
article NYS casinos allowed to reopen with limited capacity next week
(New York) -- Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday announced casinos and video lottery terminal facilities will be allowed to reopen starting Sept. 9 with a 25% occupancy limit.
article Rally-goers applaud casino news, push for more
(New York) -- Nina Perkins found out Thursday she will be going back to work at del Lago Resort & Casino for the first time in nearly six months. It was welcome news...

9/3/2020

article New York casinos can reopen Sept. 9 after lengthy COVID-19 shutdown
(New York) -- Privately owned casinos in New York will be able to reopen their doors Sept. 9 after a lengthy COVID-19 shutdown that kept them closed since mid-March. Gov...
article New York casinos to open Sept. 9, Cuomo says
(New York) -- Casinos will be allowed to reopen in New York on Wednesday, Sept. 9, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced in a Thursday morning call with reporters. The casinos...
article Upstate New York’s non-Indian casinos can reopen: What will it look like?
(New York) -- For Valerie McIntyre of Liverpool, the fight to reopen New York’s non Indian nation-operated casinos was about more than giving players the...
article Nontribal casinos in New York can reopen next week, Cuomo says
(New York) -- Nontribal casinos in New York can reopen Sept. 9, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said today. That includes del Lago Resort Casino in Seneca County, west of Syracuse....
article Vernon Downs owner reacts to state releasing reopening date for casinos
(New York) -- After nearly six months of an indefinite closure, due to the coronavirus pandemic, casinos in the state have been given the green light to reopen. Governor...

9/2/2020

article BLOG: Could New York Ever Replace New Jersey as a Top Gambling Destination?
(New York) -- New Jersey remains the king of online gambling in the US. but could the Big Apple of New York ever evolve to fully legalize gambling and steal this crown?
article BLOG: More NYS Racetracks Could Close Early without Racinos
(New York) -- New York State commercial casinos remain close for the time being even though there are some indications that they might see an updated timeline of their...

9/1/2020

article New York Gov. teases good news coming for casinos ‘next week’
(New York) -- New York’s casino industry might finally be ready to reopen. Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has now hinted that the state’s casinos may be allowed to...
article Saratoga harness race season may end early without purse money
(New York) -- Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s suggestion over the weekend that there will soon be an update on the state casino shutdown was tantalizing both for casino...

8/31/2020

article Gov. Cuomo says update on state-approved casino reopening coming later this week
(New York) -- Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he plans to provide an update regarding state approved casinos, like del Lago and Vernon Downs, later this week.
article New York Gov. to make announcement on casino reopening this week
(New York) -- New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he will have an announcement this week on the state’s four commercial casinos, one of the very few businesses that remain...
article Still no word on casino reopenings in NY
(New York) -- There is still no word yet on when casinos may open in New York state, however the governor says an announcement could be coming soon.
article As Vernon Downs faces permanent closure, leaders push for casino guidance from state
(New York) -- New York State is yet to provide any guidance on the reopening of non-tribal casinos, and two local officials are pushing for an expedited timeline. State...
press release Cuomo says decision coming on reopening NY casinos
(New York) -- After being closed for more than five months, New York casinos will soon learn whether they will be allowed to reopen. Gov. Andrew Cuomo told reporters...

8/30/2020

article Cuomo says update on reopening NY casinos coming this week
(New York) -- Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he’ll have an announcement this week on commercial casinos, one of the very few businesses that remain completely shuttered...
article EDITORIAL: Unfair to shutter NY’s commercial casinos while Native gaming thrives
(New York) -- We’ve tried to give the Cuomo administration the benefit of the doubt when setting the terms of reopening the economy during the coronavirus pandemic....
article National racing hall and museum renovated, ready to reopen in Saratoga Springs
(New York) -- Many local businesses are looking for a boost as they try to get things rolling again. In Saratoga Springs they're hoping that comes from a newly...

8/29/2020

article Chairman: Seneca County needs del Lago to reopen
(New York) -- Dear Governor: The Seneca County Board of Supervisors wrote to you on June 30 urging you to fast-track the reopening of del Lago Resort & Casino. It...
article Tioga Downs workers urge Cuomo to provide guidelines on casinos reopening
(New York) -- Tioga Downs workers are calling for Cuomo to reopen casinos. The employees were rallying at the casino in Nichols on Thursday. They were held as a way to...

8/28/2020

article Casino workers urge Cuomo to reopen del Lago
(New York) -- Furloughed workers at del Lago Resort & Casino are gambling that Gov. Andrew Cuomo will make a sure bet and let them go back to work.
article Vernon Downs casino workers make impassioned pitch to governor to reopen
(New York) -- Workers from Vernon Downs were among employees from five New York casinos beseeching Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo to allow the facilities to reopen during a rally...
article Hurting Saratoga harness horse owners look to Rivers Casino for relief
(New York) -- Without an expected infusion of cash from the Rivers Casino & Resort, the harness track will be forced to end its season early. Thomas McTygue, the...

8/27/2020

article Tioga Downs employees, laid off since March due to coronavirus pandemic, rally to reopen
(New York) -- About 30 Tioga Downs workers rallied at the Nichols casino on Thursday, urging Gov. Andrew Cuomo to reopen all the gaming facilities across New York, more...
article Tioga Downs Owner Expects New York Casinos Will Reopen Soon
(New York) -- Jeff Gural, the owner of Tioga Downs Casino Resort in Nichols, expects operations to resume sometime in September. Gural, who also owns Vernon Downs,...
article Del Lago Casino Workers Protest Prolonged Shutdown
(New York) -- Out-of-work employees of Del Lago Casino say it's not fair other businesses can reopen while their employer cannot. They protested in front of the...
article Rivers Casino Workers Rally to Get Back to Work
(New York) -- Like countless couples across the country, LaChelle and James Rich have spent a lot of time at home since March. “It’s rough,” James says...
press release Casino site comes before zoning commission
(New York) -- The Danville Area Planning and Zoning Commission will hear a rezoning request from Danville Development, LLC next week for the new proposed casino's first...
article OTB ready to reopen Batavia Downs
(New York) -- Representatives of Western Regional Off Track Betting Corp. expect to receive guidelines from the state next week for the planned reopening of Batavia...
article New York Thoroughbred Breeders Propose Plan To Expand ‘Resident Mare’ Eligibility, New York-Sired Incentives
(New York) -- Last November I summarized proposals arising from discussions over a year ago among a wide spectrum of program stakeholders about ways to attract new...

8/26/2020

article Is it time to reopen Niagara's casinos? Mayor says yes and invites Ontario's top doctor to visit
(New York) -- The Mayor of Niagara Falls is hoping the city's two casinos will be able to reopen soon. Mayor Jim Diodati has asked Ontario's Chief Medical...
article Upstate NY casino workers plan more rallies to protest continued shutdown
(New York) -- A week after staging a rally in Albany, and hearing no response, workers at Upstate New York’s shuttered private casinos are taking their message on...
article Del Lago employees to rally Thursday over casino closure
(New York) -- Del Lago Resort & Casino employees are set to rally in front of the Waterloo casino Thursday over the lack of guidance from the governor on when and...
article Upstate NY casino workers plan more rallies to protest continued shutdown
(New York) -- A week after staging a rally in Albany, and hearing no response, workers at Upstate New York’s shuttered private casinos are taking their message on...

8/25/2020

article COVID, budget deficit, closed casino face Seneca County BOS committees
(New York) -- Meeting tonight in public for the first time since March, the Seneca County Board of Supervisors’ committees will have no shortage of major issues to...

8/24/2020

article Warren Co. budget deficit narrows
(New York) -- Early in the COVID pandemic, Warren County Treasurer Mike Swan predicted the county would experience a 2020-2021 budget deficit of $8 million to $10...

8/23/2020

article Casino workers implore state: Let Resorts World Catskills reopen at least partially
(New York) -- No one needs to tell Michelle Semerano that COVID-19 is dangerous. Her father, John Semerano, was the picture of health, before the virus took him at age...
article Harness track, owed money, wants to extend dates
(New York) -- Saratoga Casino Hotel’s harness track is only scheduled to run through Sept. 2, but with a little luck, it could go into October. With a lot of luck, it...

8/22/2020

article Casino workers call on Cuomo to release guidance, allow facilities to reopen
(New York) -- Casinos and gambling might not seem like an essential service, but the income it generates for the families of the industry's employees is crucial....
article Casino workers rally in Albany as del Lago, other commercial facilities remain shut down
(New York) -- Casino workers from around New York State rallied at the Capitol on Thursday, calling for Governor Andrew Cuomo to reopen facilities. Tom McOwen, a table...

8/21/2020

article New York casino workers rally to Capitol, urge Gov. to reopen casinos
(New York) -- Nearly 200 workers of closed casinos in New York rallied at the state Capitol on Thursday to urge Gov. Andrew Cuomo to let the facilities reopen, saying...
article Are casinos next in line to reopen? Employees stage rally outside Capitol in Albany urging state to act
(New York) -- If the Native American casinos are able to conduct business in New York, then why can’t the privately owned and Regional Off-Track Betting gaming...
article Just 2 casino licenses could give New York $1 billion, says lawmaker
(New York) -- New York State is going to miss around $13 billion from its budget because of the coronavirus pandemic, according to some estimates. That’s not a...
article Vernon Downs to close harness track early
(New York) -- Vernon Downs will end its harness racing season early, on Saturday, Sept. 26. With the casino closed and no purse money derived from slot machine revenue,...

8/20/2020

article "We are essential": NY casino workers urge Cuomo to reopen casinos
(New York) -- Casinos across New York are also still waiting for reopening guidance from the state. On Thursday, nearly 100 casino workers gathered in front of the...
article Casino workers call on Cuomo to release guidance, allow facilities to reopen
(New York) -- Casinos and gambling might not seem like an essential service, but the income it generates for the families of the industry's employees is crucial....
article Casino workers protest outside Capitol Thursday over lack of reopening guidance
(New York) -- It’s been close to six months since casinos closed and workers across New York were furloughed or laid off. Now that their unemployment is running...
article Casino workers to rally at Capitol, urging New York to allow them to reopen
(New York) -- New York-based casino workers will rally in Albany, urging Governor Cuomo to allow them to re-open. There is no timetable for when commercial casinos can...
article New York casinos are still closed. Why workers say they are going bust
(New York) -- Workers at closed casinos in New York rallied at the state Capitol on Thursday to urge Gov. Andrew Cuomo to let the facilities reopen, saying their...
article New York State Casino Closings Could Impact Schools, Cities with Budget Crunch
(New York) -- With commercial casinos closed in New York because of coronavirus concerns, tax money from gaming is expected to be down about $600 million, according to...

8/19/2020

article Casinos hold rally to reopen after not receiving guidance from New York State
(New York) -- Casinos across New York State are making their voices heard on Thursday after being closed for months. Casino leaders are hosting a rally in Albany on...
article Del Lago employees set to rally in Albany Thursday over casino closure
(New York) -- Employees from del Lago Resort & Casino, Tioga Downs Casino Resort and Vernon Down Casino Hotel are planning to rally in Albany Thursday over the lack...
article Vernon Downs racing season ending early due to casino shutdown
(New York) -- Vernon Downs is ending its 67th annual harness racing season early due to the coronavirus, which has kept the Central New York casino closed since March....
article NY Regulators Seek to Locate Fire Station at Saratoga
(New York) -- New York State regulators, raising concerns about major fires over the decades at racetracks around the United States, have advanced a plan to locate a...

8/18/2020

article Casino workers plan rally in Albany
(New York) -- New York casino employees will head to Albany this week with a message for Gov. Andrew Cuomo: We need to work. A rally is planned for 11 a.m. Thursday...
article New York State Casino Workers Set to March on Capitol, Demand Jobs Back
(New York) -- New York’s casino employees plan to rally in Albany this week to tell Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) they want to start earning a living again. The rally...

8/17/2020

article NY casino workers to hold Albany rally, urge Cuomo to reopen gaming facilities
(New York) -- New York casino employees will head to Albany this week with a message for Gov. Andrew Cuomo: We need to work. A rally is planned for 11 a.m. Thursday...
article The ‘Nightmare’ Of Shuttered Casinos/Racinos In New York
(New York) -- While the Meadowlands Racetrack is coming off a relatively successful running of The Hambletonian recently with a limited number of spectators, New York...
article Bowling is back. Gyms are opening. Casino workers ask: What about us?
(New York) -- For more than two months, the thousands of workers at Upstate New York’s commercial gambling casinos have watched as their counterparts at Indian...

8/15/2020

article With no casino revenue, Vernon and Tioga set to close early
(New York) -- With New York’s non-tribal casinos still closed due to the coronavirus, Vernon Downs and Tioga Downs owner Jeff Gural said his New York tracks have...

8/13/2020

article Casino workers plea to reopen gaming floors
(New York) -- Choking back tears, Valerie McIntyre says her job at del Lago Resort & Casino in Seneca County saved her life. McIntyre is one of roughly 5,200 casino...

8/12/2020

article 'We are essential': Workers urge Cuomo to allow NY casinos to reopen
(New York) -- Choking back tears, Valerie McIntyre says her job at del Lago Resort & Casino in Seneca County saved her life. McIntyre is one of roughly 5,200 casino...
article Gunther invites governor to tour casino
(New York) -- Casinos including Resorts World Catskills in Kiamesha Lake remain closed because of COVID-19 and State Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther (D, Forestburgh) would...
article Del Lago Employees Push for State to Allow Casino to Reopen
(New York) -- A protest held in Seneca County on Wednesday called on the governor to allow casinos to reopen. Some employees of del Lago Resort and Casino held signs...

8/11/2020

article Gunther invites governor to tour casino
(New York) -- Casinos include Resorts World Catskills in Kiamesha Lake remain closed because of COVID-19 and State Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther (D, Forestburgh) would...

8/7/2020

article Your Stories: Sovereign nation casinos are open but what about state casinos?
(New York) -- Casinos on sovereign land like Turning Stone have been up and running for nearly two months since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. But there is...
article Your Stories: Sovereign nation casinos are open but what about state casinos?
(New York) -- Casinos on sovereign land like Turning Stone have been up and running for nearly two months since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. But there is...
article Catskills Casino Ready And Waiting For Gov. Cuomo To Allow Reopening
(New York) -- Gov. Andrew Cuomo is breaking from his fellow leaders in New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania and Massachusetts when it comes to reopening casinos. The...

8/6/2020

article $149,000 NYSS action at Saratoga
(New York) -- There were two divisions of New York Sire Stakes action for three year old harness racing colt and gelding trotters contested on Wednesday evening at...

8/5/2020

article OTB employees lose, then regain sick leave benefits after rehiring
(New York) -- The approximately 100 employees at Capital District Off Track Betting who were laid off at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic but later rehired won’t...

8/4/2020

article As NY casinos remain closed, state gaming inspectors return to work at Indian casinos
(New York) -- Gov. Andrew Cuomo has defended the decision to keep New York's four commercial casinos, including del Lago Resort & Casino in Seneca County, closed...
article New York commercial casinos to remain closed
(New York) -- Gov. Andrew Cuomo delivered last week bad news to four New York commercial casinos in the midst of a shutdown of more than four and a half months due to...

8/2/2020

article New York casinos deemed “non-essential” with reopening further delayed
(New York) -- Casinos in New York have been dealt a blow with the state governor further delaying plans to reopen properties. Governor Andrew Cuomo said that commercial...

8/1/2020

press release Cuomo defends decision to keep casinos like del Lago closed
(New York) -- Governor Andrew Cuomo says there are three factors that make keeping casinos in New York closed essential. During a conference call on Thursday he defended...
article Cuomo holds off on letting New York casinos reopen for now
(New York) -- For four New York commercial casinos in the midst of a 4½-month shutdown because of COVID-19, Gov. Andrew Cuomo didn't deliver good news...
article Online sports betting industry sees potential opening in New York
(New York) -- Income tax revenues going to the state have collapsed under the economic plight of Covid-19. Sales tax receipts are off, as are gas taxes, hotel taxes and...
article Our view: Cuomo needs to allow casinos to reopen
(New York) -- "You don't need a casino to maintain survival." With those words, Gov. Andrew Cuomo summed up his rationale for keeping the state's four...

7/31/2020

article Catskills casino outlines reopening plan
(New York) -- Inconspicuous thermal imaging machines at entrances to measure body temperatures, medical-grade air filters and ultrasonic cleaning technology. It’s...
article Cuomo: NY casinos are nonessential, remain closed
(New York) -- For four New York commercial casinos in the midst of a 4 1/2-month shutdown due to COVID-19, Gov. Andrew Cuomo didn't deliver good news on Thursday.
article Saratoga Casino says it's a safe bet they can reopen safely
(New York) -- Saratoga Casino closed its doors on March 16. Since then, they've been working on new ways to keep the facility virus-free and safe for guests and...

7/30/2020

article Casinos stay closed because they're risky and nonessential, Cuomo says
(New York) -- The rate of new COVID infections is holding steady and the number of COVID patients hospitalized continues to drop statewide. “It is a very good day...
article Cuomo defends decision to keep casinos on state lands closed
(New York) -- Gov. Andrew Cuomo is defending New York’s decision to not reopen casinos located on state lands at this time. During a conference call Thursday, the...
article Vernon Downs Casino cancels drive-in concert over COVID-19 concerns
(New York) -- Vernon Downs Casino says they will no longer host jam band 'moe' for drive-in concerts. The casino was originally slated to host the band on-site...

7/29/2020

article Del Lago Casino employees upset over lack of state reopening guidance
(New York) -- Del Lago Casino workers have gone four months without any guidance from the state on how or when they can reopen. Valerie McIntyre, a floor supervisor at...
article Owner: Vernon Downs could soon close for good
(New York) -- Vernon Downs Hotel Casino will close for good at the start of October if Gov. Andrew Cuomo does not allow private casinos in the state to reopen by then,...

7/28/2020

article Layoff of more than 1,000 workers at del Lago Resort & Casino becomes official
(New York) -- More than a 1,000 employees have been laid off at del Lago Resort & Casino. While the announcement didn’t come as a surprise – officials...
article Furloughed employee at Del Lago Casino has created petition to reopen
(New York) -- Valerie McIntyre says the worry is growing daily in the back of her mind. “We are feeling the tightening," she said. "We are feeling what...

7/27/2020

article More than 1,000 remain furloughed at Schenectady casino, nearby restaurants faring well
(New York) -- The Rivers Casino and Resort in Schenectady is still shut down due to COVID-19, and there's no reopening date in sight. According to the State, 1,021...
article EDITORIAL: Time for casinos to reopen
(New York) -- While stores, restaurants and bars, malls and many other types of businesses have been allowed to reopen under New York’s strict coronavirus criteria...
article Tioga Downs finds support of public officials as it tries to reopen
(New York) -- Tioga Downs Casino Resort is enlisting the support of public officials to reopen before it has to cut hundreds of jobs. The resort will remain temporarily...

7/25/2020

article Local officials rally around Tioga Downs
(New York) -- On Friday, lawmakers and officials from around the region gathered on the P.J. Clarke’s patio at Tioga Downs Casino and Resort to show their support...
article Saratoga Race Course brand is still a big draw even without fans in the stands
(New York) -- Why move horses, trainers and staff 170 miles north if no one can see the races in person? Some wondered when word came that the pandemic would close...

7/24/2020

article Tioga and Vernon Downs Casinos Plead for Reopening Guidance
(New York) -- Both Tioga and Vernon Downs casinos are calling out to Governor Andrew Cuomo, pleading for guidance to reopen business. Several elected officials from...

7/23/2020

press release Tioga County Legislature asking Governor Cuomo to allow casinos to open
(New York) -- The Tioga County Legislature is joining a chorus of voices asking Governor Cuomo to allow non-Indian casinos in the state to reopen. The legislature voted...

7/22/2020

article Akwesasne Mohawk Casino to reopen August 3
(New York) -- The Akwesasne Mohawk Casino Resort plans to welcome guests back for the first time since COVID-19 forced it to close nearly five months ago. It’s set to...
article Monticello taken to court over refusal to resume racing
(New York) -- Joe Faraldo, the lawyer representing the Monticello Harness Horsemen’s Association (MHHA), is taking Monticello Raceway’s parent company Empire...

7/19/2020

article Taking it all in stride in the first weekend of Saratoga season
(New York) -- Steve Mastro can’t pinpoint how old he was when he started watching the horses race at Saratoga. He simply says, “I’ve been coming since...

7/17/2020

article Del Lago Resort & Casino, closed since March due to COVID-19, awaits OK to reopen
(New York) -- Most businesses in central New York and the Finger Lakes region have been allowed to open after the COVID-19 shutdown. But del Lago Resort & Casino in...
article Supervisors call for del Lago to be reopened, but state doesn’t look interested
(New York) -- Last month the Seneca County Board of Supervisors voted 11-3 to approve a resolution that asked New York State to ‘fast track’ the opening of...

7/16/2020

article Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie eyes legalizing mobile sports betting in NY
(New York) -- Leadership in the New York Assembly is polling members on whether they’d back the legalization of mobile sports betting, The Post has learned.
article Saratoga Casino Hotel issues WARN notices to furloughed employees
(New York) -- Saratoga Casino Hotel has issued Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN Act) notices to hundreds of furloughed employees.
article Delaware North makes deeper job cuts across New York state
(New York) -- Nearly 2,700 Delaware North employees across New York state have either had their furloughs extended or outright lost their job because of the economic...

7/15/2020

article Dealers Say Casino Could Do More To Protect Workers From COVID-19
(New York) -- On July 10, the day Rivers Casino reopened after a week-long closure that also shuttered bars and restaurant dining rooms in Allegheny County, there were...
article Foss: Casino layoffs bad news for Schenectady
(New York) -- COVID-19 caused every single casino in America to dim their lights, shut down their slots and lock their doors. Months later, most casinos are open for...
article Partial reopening limits layoffs at Saratoga Casino and Hotel
(New York) -- Saratoga Casino Hotel on Wednesday announced the layoff of hundreds of employees furloughed in mid-March, when COVID-19 led the state to order casinos and...
article Jake's 58 in limbo on when casino, hotel can reopen
(New York) -- Suffolk OTB officials and the owners of Jake’s 58 say the Islandia casino-hotel, which has been closed since March because of the coronavirus...

7/14/2020

article Del Lago Resort & Casino employees could be laid off if COVID-19 shutdown continues
(New York) -- Del Lago Resort & Casino in Seneca County is cautioning its more than 1,100 employees about potential layoffs due to the COVID-19 shutdown. The casino...
article Mass layoffs planned at Rivers Casino
(New York) -- Rivers Casino & Resort here on Monday announced that it will likely be laying off approximately 1,000 employees who have been on furlough since March.
article Nearly 1,000 Resorts World Casino employees told furlough to last longer, layoffs may come
(New York) -- Over 2,200 Resorts World employees received notice Monday that the casino company has reassessed the layoffs and furloughs they issued at the beginning of...
article Upstate NY’s shuttered non-Indian casinos warn of massive layoffs
(New York) -- Upstate New York’s four non Indian-operated casinos and two related racinos are warning that a continued coronavirus shutdown may force them to lay...
article ‘A nightmare’: casino staff face unemployment if they don’t reopen soon
(New York) -- Tioga Downs Casino and Resort employees have been furloughed for four months, and the casino owner says it can't last much longer.

7/13/2020

article Furloughed casino workers receive retraining notices
(New York) -- Frustrated officials at del Lago Resort & Casino Monday issued Workers Adjustment and Retraining Notice notices to its more than 1,100 workers...
article Rivers Casino in Schenectady announces layoff plans amid ongoing COVID-19 closure
(New York) -- Rivers Casino announced it will lay off employees furloughed since March amid the continuing COVID-19 closure. The casino announced on Monday it issued...
article Thousands of layoff notices sent to New York casino workers
(New York) -- More than 4,100 casino workers across New York will receive layoff notices this week while the facilities remained shuttered because of the state's...
press release Layoff notices sent to workers at Vernon Downs, other NY casinos
(New York) -- More than 3,100 casino workers across New York will receive layoff notices this week while the facilities remained shuttered because of the state's...
article More than 900 jobs in jeopardy at Tioga and Vernon Downs
(New York) -- More than 900 workers could be in jeopardy of losing their jobs at Tioga and Vernon Downs. American Racing and Entertainment sent warning notices to all...
article Upstate NY’s shuttered non-Indian casinos warn of massive layoffs
(New York) -- Upstate New York’s four non Indian-operated casinos and two related racinos are warning that a continued coronavirus shutdown may force them to lay...
article BLOG: Why are only certain casinos open?
(New York) -- Our Good Question today comes from a viewer wondering about the status of casinos. A viewer named Andrew asked News10NBC’s Brennan Somers: What's...

7/11/2020

article New York Should Turn to Online Sports Betting to Boost Revenue, Says Muni Bond Manager
(New York) -- The COVID-19 pandemic is stressing cities and states, crimping revenue collection while creating massive budget shortfalls. New York is in that boat and...

7/10/2020

article Tioga Downs again closes hotel, awaits state guidance on reopening casinos
(New York) -- Tioga Downs Casino Resort has decided to close its hotel again, as it awaits guidance from the state on the safe reopening of casinos and movie theaters....

7/8/2020

article Tioga Downs, Vernon Downs casinos are closing their hotels again
(New York) -- No more reservations will be accepted for hotel stays at both Tioga Downs Casino Resort and Vernon Downs Casino Hotel. In response to Gov. Andrew Cuomo...

6/28/2020

article Waiting game continues for region's casinos
(New York) -- Right now, the only game being played at local casinos is the waiting game. That's because casinos were among several industries left out of the...

6/25/2020

article Tioga Downs casino not reopening for gambling in phase 4
(New York) -- The Tioga Downs casino will not be open just yet for phase 4 of reopening. However, the hotel and restaurant will be up and running by Friday. PJ Clarke's...
article Tioga, Vernon Downs Reopening Hotels
(New York) -- Both Vernon Downs and Tioga Downs are reopening up their hotels as they wait to open up their casinos after the months-long shutdown due to the COVID-19...

6/24/2020

press release New York’s Indian casinos are opening. When will non-tribal gaming follow?
(New York) -- The Oneida Indian Nation’s three casinos in Central New York have been open, on a limited basis, since June 10. The Seneca Nation’s three...
article Tribal casinos are open across NYS, but no clear open date set for non-tribal facilities
(New York) -- The Oneida Nation’s three casinos in Central New York reopened earlier this month. The Seneca Nation’s three casinos in Western New York also...
article Tioga Downs hotel, restaurant to open June 26, casino will remain closed for now
(New York) -- Tioga Downs Casino Resort will reopen its hotel and restaurant on Friday, June 26, but not the casino as the Southern Tier moves into Phase 4. Guests can...
article Why gyms, movie theaters and casinos won't open in New York's Phase 4
(New York) -- Those who were hoping to catch a movie, place a bet at a casino or hit the gym in New York on Friday will have to make due with visiting a zoo, botanical...

6/23/2020

article Will New York follow New Jersey and legalize gambling?
(New York) -- 2018 was a big year for gamblers in New Jersey as online sports betting was legalized in the state. It was one of the loudest voices when it came to...

6/20/2020

article For Belmont Jockeys, the Return of a Gig
(New York) -- The broken bones, separated shoulders and concussions are the cost of doing business for jockeys. They climb atop 1,100-pound horses, after all, push them...

6/19/2020

article Belmont Stakes purse shrinks as coronavirus hurts ticket sales, casino revenue
(New York) -- Entrants at the 152nd running of the Belmont Stakes will compete for a reduced winner’s purse Saturday as horse racing and other live sporting events...

6/11/2020

article Saratoga Casino Hotel to Resume Harness Racing on June 18
(New York) -- Saratoga Casino Hotel announced today, June 11, 2020, that harness racing will resume on Thursday, June 18, but no spectators are allowed at the track due...

6/10/2020

article Lawmaker Believes Delayed NY Sports Betting Study Will Arrive This Year
(New York) -- New Yorkers have long waited to see results of a comprehensive study of the state’s gambling industry. They will have to wait a little longer. The...
article More casinos set to open in NYS, but no clear date on when del Lago can do the same
(New York) -- Seneca resorts and casinos are going to be opening up soon. The Seneca Niagara Resort and Casino will reopen next Thursday. That will be followed by the...

6/6/2020

article At Belmont’s Backstretch, Caring for Horses During the Shutdown
(New York) -- Tom Morley had two thoroughbreds entered at Belmont Park on Wednesday when horse racing returned to New York for the first time in nearly three months. No...

6/2/2020

article Mobile sports gambling efforts in New York hit a speed bump
(New York) -- In order for New York State to even consider making provisions for legal online sports gambling, Spectrum Gaming Group must first submit a study on the...

6/1/2020

article NYS Gaming Commission Extends Deadline On Gaming Market Study
(New York) -- Citing the unprecedented impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the gaming environment in the Empire State, the New York State Gaming Commission announced...

5/31/2020

article Return to racing at Yonkers complicated, but progressing
(New York) -- Standardbred Owners Association of New York (SOA of NY) president Joe Faraldo said the re-opening of Yonkers Raceway could happen as soon as the second or...

5/29/2020

article Assemblyman Sean Ryan Skeptical About Statler Casino Idea
(New York) -- Jemal admitted he doesn't know much about gaming in New York. Assemblyman Sean Ryan believes he'll learn building a casino is a tough task. "...
article Gyms, casinos and amusement parks are not part of New York’s phase two reopening plan
(New York) -- Gyms, fitness centers, casinos, VLTs and malls are not a part of New York’s second phase of reopening businesses, state officials posted online this...
article Rivers Casino cancels concert series, July 4 fete
(New York) -- Rivers Casino & Resort has canceled its Harbor Jam summer concert series and its Fourth of July festivities, the casino announced Friday.

5/28/2020

article Is a new casino on Buffalo's horizon?
(New York) -- The new owner of Statler City admits he has “no plan” for the former hotel in downtown Buffalo. But as WBFO’s Chris Caya reports the...

5/24/2020

article Pro sports teams, vets offices next to reopen in New York
(New York) -- New York is "decidedly in the reopening phase," Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said Sunday, as he announced that professional sports leagues can begin...

5/23/2020

article Saratoga horse racing will go on without fans - a season like no other
(New York) -- As we barrel toward the opening of the Saratoga Race Course meet — and we are only 53 days away from July 16 — one thing we know is this: The...
article Vernon Downs plans to start racing on June 2 with no spectators
(New York) -- Vernon Downs will start harness racing again on June 2 with qualifying races, if all goes to plan, according to owner Jeff Gural. Vernon Downs Casino Hotel...

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