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WNY tracks want cash incentives after Cuomo, Seneca casino deal

Lawmakers have introduced legislation to give a financial benefit to racetrack-based casinos in Western New York that will have to change their marketing strategies following last week’s deal by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the Seneca Nation to end a $600 million dollar dispute that raged for four years.

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2/5/2016

article Moody's: Lago casino will "cannabilize" market
(New York) -- A new Finger Lakes casino will have an advantage over existing gambling facilities because it will have table games and a better tax rate, a report Friday...
article Rivers Casino & Resort Construction Goes According to Plan
(New York) -- When it comes to gambling legislation, New York officials seem really cautious and it is not surprising that they were willing to iron out all details...
article Sullivan’s destination resort, more than just a casino, is taking shape
(New York) -- Most of the attention so far has been on the Montreign Resort Casino going up in Kiamesha Lake, but that is one component of the bigger project, Adelaar, a...

2/4/2016

article Schenectady casino set to open in March 2017
(New York) -- Rush Street Gaming CEO Greg Carlin along with elected officials and top executives from his firm and Galesi Group donned hard hats and hoisted shovels of...
article N.Y. Legislation Would Halt OTB Casino Plans
(New York) -- A New York lawmaker, sharply critical of the Nassau Off-Track Betting Corp. bid to try to locate a casino at Belmont Park racetrack, has introduced a...
article Belmont casino plan draws dueling rallies
(New York) -- Opponents and supporters of Nassau Regional Off-Track Betting Corp.’s plans for a video casino at Belmont Park held back-to-back rallies at the...
article New trustee to lead Floral Park train task force
(New York) -- The Village of Floral Park has resurrected a committee to address concerns about plans for a third Long Island Rail Road track and tapped its newest...

2/3/2016

article Construction Underway at Soon-to-Be Schenectady Casino
(New York) -- Another chapter in the Electric City's history begins. "For me it's euphoric. It's always so gratifying to see shovels in the ground and a...
article Rivers Casino Breaks Ground
(New York) -- Construction on the Rivers Casino and Resort in Schenectady will start Wednesday. The $330 million project got the green light last December.
article Judge rules in favor of casino project
(New York) -- For the second time, Acting State Supreme Court Justice W. Patrick Falvey has ruled that the town of Tyre followed proper procedure in issuing a...

2/2/2016

article Anti-casino suit against Lago is dismissed
(New York) -- Developers of the planned Lago resort and casino in Tyre, Seneca County have beat back another legal challenge, with a county Supreme Court judge upholding...
article Judge Dismisses Lago Resort and Casino Lawsuit
(New York) -- A Judge dismissed a lawsuit filed by a group hoping to block a casino from being built in Tyre, Seneca County. It's the latest in a series of lawsuits...

2/1/2016

article Thousands of people stage opposing rallies to voice opinion for and against proposed Belmont Park expansion
(New York) -- Saturday was a busy day for Elmont where two opposing rallies took place. The first one was made of people showing their support for the proposed gaming...
article Letters: No casino at Belmont Park
(New York) -- Thank you, columnist Joye Brown, for “Long-shot odds for OTB future” [News column, Jan. 14]. Finally, someone who makes sense!

1/31/2016

article Belmont Park Casino Supporters and Opponents Hold Rivaling Rallies
(New York) -- Proponents and opponents of the addition of video lottery terminals at Belmont Park in Elmont, New York each staged a rally on Saturday to support their...
article Proposed Belmont casino’s opponents, supporters rally
(New York) -- Hundreds of people rallied outside Belmont Park Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016, in the second large protest this month against a planned video gambling parlor at...

1/30/2016

article Proposed Belmont casino’s opponents, supporters rally [video]
(New York) -- Hundreds of people rallied outside Belmont Park Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016, in the second large protest this month against a planned video gambling parlor at...

1/28/2016

article GOP legislators turn away anti-casino bill
(New York) -- Amid shouting from backers and opponents of plans for a video casino at Belmont Park, Nassau County legislators Monday declined to vote on a bill to...
article Suffolk OTB may build casino in Islandia Marriot Hotel, not Medford
(New York) -- Brookhaven Town officials and Medford civic leaders on Thursday expressed relief that Suffolk Off-Track Betting may be diverting its plans for a 1,000...

1/27/2016

article Suffolk OTB may move video slot casino to Islandia, sources say
(New York) -- Suffolk Off-Track Betting Corp., mired by lawsuits and opposition in Brookhaven, are seriously considering moving their planned 1,000-video slot machine...

1/26/2016

article Gaming Facility Location Board gives formal OK to Tioga Downs casino
(New York) -- The New York Gaming Facility Location Board today gave its formal imprimatur to Tioga Downs Casino Racing & Entertainment to develop a full-fledged...
article Proposed Southern Tier casino moves closer to final decision
(New York) -- A proposed Las Vegas-style casino in the Southern Tier is moving closer to a final decision. The board that recommended a full casino license for Tioga...

1/25/2016

article East Greenbush plays a new hand in casino vote
(New York) -- Even though the state Gaming Commission locating board said no to a proposed Thompson Hill Road casino more than a year ago, members of a new town...
article Belmont Park casino plan stirs debate at Nassau legislature
(New York) -- Opponents of a planned video gambling parlor at Belmont Park pressed the Nassau County Legislature’s Republican majority Monday to consider a...

1/24/2016

article New York Online Poker Bill Reintroduced by State Assemblyman Gary Pretlow
(New York) -- New York online poker has returned to Albany, thanks to Assemblyman Gary Pretlow (D-District 89) reintroducing AB9049 to the state’s legislature....

1/21/2016

article Casino hotel changes pass, plans for Dunkin’ Donuts and apartment building delayed
(New York) -- The luxury hotel connected to the $330 million Rivers casino will now feature 163 more rooms, 13 more parking spaces, and a remodeled pool.
article Floral Park mayor touts efforts against Belmont casino
(New York) -- Floral Park Mayor Thomas Tweedy on Tuesday praised the strong response from village residents who came out in numbers to decry the Nassau Regional Off-...

1/19/2016

article Democrats in Nassau legislature file bill to remove OTB board
(New York) -- Nassau Legis. Carrié Solages has filed a bill to remove the board of the Nassau Regional Off-Track Betting Corp. and replace them with opponents of a...
article Brookhaven: Suffolk OTB casino plan is 'incomplete'
(New York) -- The Town of Brookhaven says plans for a Suffolk OTB gambling parlor in Medford are incomplete. Officials say the rejected plans lacked information on...
article Vernon Downs says race for gaming customers far from over
(New York) -- Vernon Downs was the only racetrack in the state with video lottery terminals to experience a decrease in 2015 on the gaming machines.

1/17/2016

article Montreign owner selling shares
(New York) -- With a gaming license in hand and the backing of a casino magnate, Empire Resorts is raising hundreds of millions of dollars to build the Montreign Resort...

1/16/2016

article Batavia Downs’ net VTL winnings outpace Saratoga, Resorts World and Empire City casinos
(New York) -- Stacked up, there’s no competition. Across the nine state gaming facilities, Batavia Downs Gaming posted the largest growth, passing $50 million in...
article Finger Lakes track may get tax parity with new casino
(New York) -- With competition from a nearby casino looming, Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack may end up with a better tax structure. Gov. Andrew Cuomo proposed in...

1/14/2016

article Video gambling spurs Belmont border battle
(New York) -- A proposal to bring video gambling terminals to Belmont Park in Nassau County is starting to cause some unrest on the Queens side of the border.
article Finger Lakes track may get tax parity with new casino
(New York) -- With competition from a nearby casino looming, Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack Racing may end up with a better tax structure.

1/13/2016

article Local residents protest proposed casino at Belmont Park
(New York) -- The communities surrounding Belmont Park are prepared to go to court to fight a proposed video lottery terminal casino at the track. Thomas Tweedy, the...
article Rally held against casino proposed for Belmont Park
(New York) -- A protest was held on Long Island Tuesday night over plans to bring a casino to the Belmont Park Racetrack. Residents in neighboring communities came...

1/12/2016

article Thousands protest Belmont Park VLT proposal
(New York) -- Opponents of the plan to add video lottery terminals to Belmont Park rallied in Floral Park Tuesday evening. "We say ‘no casino,’"...
article As competition looms, NY’s racinos post strong year
(New York) -- The state’s nine racetracks with video-lottery terminals all, except one, had a strong 2015 as they face competition soon from three upstate casinos...
article Churchill Downs investment provides funds as racino expands
(New York) -- Churchill Downs Inc.'s recent $24 million equity investment into the Saratoga Casino and Raceway appears to have helped the Saratoga Springs racino...
article Citizens Bank financing $39 million Saratoga Casino expansion
(New York) -- Citizens Bank is providing a $15 million construction loan to Saratoga Casino and Raceway for its $39 million expansion that includes a new hotel and a...
article Saratoga Casino secures financing for $39.3 million expansion
(New York) -- Saratoga Casino and Raceway has secured a $15 million construction loan from Citizens Bank to help finance a $39.3 million expansion. The casino and...

1/10/2016

article Three new casinos under construction get licenses
(New York) -- State gambling regulators approved licenses on Dec. 21 for three new casinos under construction in the Catskills, Schenectady and the Finger Lakes.
article Editorial: Pols must ensure safety near a Belmont casino
(New York) -- Anthony Santino, the new Hempstead Town supervisor, spoke out last week in favor of the proposal to build a 1,000-machine gambling parlor at Belmont Park.

1/8/2016

article Rivers Casino owner signs professional poker player as adviser
(New York) -- Rush Street Gaming, the Chicago-based owner of the recently approved Rivers Casino in Schenectady, New York, has signed a deal with professional poker...

1/7/2016

article Hempstead Supervisor Anthony Santino backs Belmont casino plan
(New York) -- New Hempstead Town Supervisor Anthony Santino on Thursday endorsed a plan for a video gambling parlor at Belmont Park while Rep. Gregory Meeks declared his...

1/6/2016

article Lago opponents won’t stand down
(New York) -- Think back to two summers ago. It’s 2013, before the New York state referendum making casino gambling legal. David Blankenhorn, founder of the...

1/5/2016

article Rep. Kathleen Rice opposes Belmont VLT casino
(New York) -- Opposition to a video gambling parlor at Belmont Racetrack grew Tuesday, as Rep. Kathleen Rice called the project “not in the community’s best...
article OP/ED: State will benefit from casinos but so must locals
(New York) -- Amid legitimate concerns about gaming proliferation in New York, three upstate casinos received their licenses last week, continuing a laborious process...

1/4/2016

article Catskill Confidential: Building permit issued for Sullivan casino
(New York) -- Minutes after the Montreign Resort Casino at Adelaar received its long-awaited casino license on Dec. 21, Manny Pearlman, chairman of the board of...
article Floral Park neighbors take casino fight to Legislature
(New York) -- Opponents of the proposed video gambling facility at Belmont Park took their fight to the Nassau County Legislature on Monday. During lawmakers' first...
article Jonathan Drapkin: Managing casino expectations
(New York) -- Lofty resolutions are a tradition at the start of a new year. But a few resolutions must be well-grounded in reality – such as those that come along...

1/3/2016

article Belmont Park eyed for New York's next VLT casino
(New York) -- Nassau County, New York's Off-Track Betting has officially determined Belmont Park is the best place to open a Video Lottery Terminal (VLT) casino.

1/2/2016

article New revenue in evolving market
(New York) -- New York is poised to diversify its gambling revenue streams yet again in an ever-shifting market. State regulators recently licensed three new casinos in...
article Ruling on Medford, New York gaming parlor suit awaited by Suffolk OTB
(New York) -- Plans for a Medford electronic gambling parlor have been submitted by the Suffolk Regional Off-Track Betting Corp. to the Town of Brookhaven. Meanwhile,...
article Hundreds sign petition against Belmont gaming facility
(New York) -- Some Nassau residents are betting against a plan to build a video lottery gaming facility at the Belmont Park race track. More than 1,000 people have...
article Nassau Regional OTB announces casino plans for Belmont Park
(New York) -- This week Nassau Regional Off-Track Betting Corp. (OTB) announced that their choice for a slots parlor location would be the legendary Belmont Park, a...

12/31/2015

article Seneca County board reaffirms casino support
(New York) -- For at least the fourth time, the Seneca County Board of Supervisors has unanimously approved a resolution of support for the Lago Resort & Casino in...
article OP/ED: Nassau County’s Bad Bet on Gambling
(New York) -- The community of Elmont, on Long Island, may soon be getting a neighborhood amenity that’s high-class and exciting, if you think a big carpeted box...

12/30/2015

article Belmont Park selected for electronic gambling casino
(New York) -- A new casino is being planned for the home of the third leg of horse racing's Triple Crown. The Nassau Regional Off-Track Betting Corp. announced a...
article Nassau OTB plans to build video lottery terminal casino at Belmont Park
(New York) -- Nassau Regional Off-Track Betting Corp. announced plans Tuesday to build an electronic gambling parlor at state-run Belmont Park, ending months of...

12/29/2015

article Nassau OTB plans to build video lottery terminal casino at Belmont Park
(New York) -- Nassau Regional Off-Track Betting Corp. ended months of speculation on Tuesday, announcing plans to build an electronic gambling parlor at state-run...
article OTB Corporation Wants VLT Casino at Belmont
(New York) -- Belmont Park would become home to a casino with 1,000 video lottery terminals under a plan put forward Dec. 29 by Nassau Regional Off-Track Betting Corp.
article Suffolk OTB awaits ruling on Medford gaming parlor suit
(New York) -- Suffolk Regional Off-Track Betting Corp. has submitted plans for a Medford electronic gambling parlor to the Town of Brookhaven, while supporters and...
article Nassau OTB Picks Belmont for Mini-casino
(New York) -- The Nassau Regional Off-Track Betting (OTB) Corporation announced Tuesday it plans to build a mini-casino at Belmont Park in Elmont, nearly a year after it...

12/28/2015

article Catskill Confidential: License reveals casino details
(New York) -- If you’re one of those “I’ll believe it when I see it” Sullivan County residents when it comes to its long-awaited casino, go to...
article Tioga Downs invites casino job-seekers
(New York) -- There were lines at Tioga Downs on Monday, but they weren't for the slots. People wearing dress clothes and holding folders and binders, and others in...

12/26/2015

article Seneca County IDA defends financial assistance for Lago casino
(New York) -- A citizen group and competing casino interests have spent considerable time and resources in an attempt to stop the Lago Resort & Casino from going...

12/25/2015

article Getting ahead of the casino game
(New York) -- This week, New York State gave three full casino licenses to the sites that got a recommendation last year. Southern Tier residents will have to hold out a...
article Regulators license 3 new casinos for upstate New York
(New York) -- Today, regulators in the state of NY are expected to determine who will earn the three licenses for new casinos to be created in upstate NY.

12/24/2015

article Gaming Commission extends live Internet streaming of horse racing
(New York) -- As would be expected, the president of Western Regional Off-Track Betting Corp. said he is “very pleased” about this week’s decision by...

12/23/2015

article Floral Park takes casino protest to county Legislature
(New York) -- Floral Park residents weren’t happy with their county legislators’ response Monday to their vocal opposition to a video casino at Belmont Park.

12/22/2015

article Seneca County IDA responds to criticism of casino deal
(New York) -- Why did the Seneca County Industrial Development Agency approve a financial assistance package for the Lago Resort & Casino project?
article Stakes rise in Lago fight
(New York) -- Monday’s anticipated approval of a state license for the Lago Resort and Casino in the Finger Lakes town of Tyre is prompting opponents, including...
article Report: Lago gaming license already hurting horse racing
(New York) -- The state gaming commission awarded licenses to three casinos on Monday. It's news that has an opposite impact on two gaming operations along the...

12/21/2015

article Casino licenses for Schenectady, others are approved
(New York) -- Construction of three planned upstate casinos can kick into higher gear following the state Gaming Commission's award Monday of licenses to three...
article New NY casinos adding to evolving market
(New York) -- New York is poised to diversify its gambling revenue streams yet again in an ever-shifting market. State regulators are expected to license three new...
article New York Awards Licenses to 3 Casinos
(New York) -- A state board granted licenses to three lavish resort casinos on Monday, four years after Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo first sought to expand gambling in New York.
article Regulators License 3 New Casinos for Upstate New York
(New York) -- State gambling regulators on Monday approved licenses for three new casinos under construction in the Catskills, Schenectady and the Finger Lakes.
article State Gaming Commission approves three new upstate casinos
(New York) -- Four years after Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo promised a jolt to the upstate economy with the expansion of state-sanctioned gambling, state regulators Monday gave...
article The Saga Of The Capital Region Casino
(New York) -- State regulators are expected to license three new casinos in upstate New York on Monday. Almost exactly one year after giving the initial go-ahead to...
article Added casino may prompt Finger Lakes to cut horse-racing schedule
(New York) -- Onerous state tax payments coupled with the prospect of new competition is prompting Finger Lakes Gaming and Racetrack to propose a 20 percent reduction in...
article Finger Lakes Says Its Future in Jeopardy
(New York) -- Officials at Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack in upstate New York said the facility risks closure as early as 2017 unless the state takes action to...
article Wilmot wins NY casino license, capping 25-year quest
(New York) -- The state today awarded a lucrative gaming license to Thomas Wilmot, a Rochester developer who has spent at least 25 years trying to open a casino.

12/20/2015

article New Casinos in NY Will Create New Revenue in Evolving Market
(New York) -- New York is poised to diversify its gambling revenue streams yet again in an ever-shifting market. On Monday, state regulators are expected to license...
article Schenectady casino license expected Monday
(New York) -- Three of the four casinos proposed for Upstate New York are expected to get their official licenses at a meeting Monday afternoon.

12/19/2015

article After long wait, state poised to award 3 casino licenses
(New York) -- The proposed Lago Resort and Casino in the Finger Lakes town of Tyre, which has drawn local opposition, is set to get the official go-ahead from state...
article Schenectady Rivers Casino to receive gaming licenses
(New York) -- Schenectady Rivers Casino to receive gaming licensesBy Hubert Green Dec 19, 2015 This was hinted at in my story about visas this morning and now the state...
article Upstate casino licenses to be awarded Monday
(New York) -- Monday will likely serve as an early Christmas present for three upstate casino developers. The state Gaming Commission announced that it will vote Monday...
article Upstate NY poised to award 3 Upstate casino licenses
(New York) -- The wait is over for three upstate New York casino projects that were finally given the official green light from state gambling regulators.

12/18/2015

article After long wait, NY state poised to award 3 casino licenses
(New York) -- After a year long wait, three upstate casino projects are poised to receive formal licenses from New York state regulators. The state's Gaming...
article NY Gaming Commission to vote Monday on license for Seneca County casino
(New York) -- After a year-long waiting game, supporters and opponents of Lago Resort & Casino in Seneca County will find out Monday whether the project will be...
article Panel to meet on 3 casino licenses
(New York) -- The state Gaming Commission at its Monday meeting will consider licenses for three of the four casinos set to open upstate. The three are Rivers Casino...
article Visas are lure for China casino cash in Schenectady
(New York) -- The planned Rivers Casino & Resort project in Schenectady wants to tap Chinese capitalists through a Texas firm that uses a growing but controversial...

12/17/2015

article Hearing in lawsuit involving planned Finger Lakes casino
(New York) -- A hearing is being held on a lawsuit that seeks to derail a casino planned for New York's Finger Lakes. The lawsuit was filed last month in Seneca...
article Floral Park digs in heels against casino
(New York) -- Nassau Regional Off-Track Betting will likely try to put a video casino in Belmont Park, but it won’t happen if Floral Park residents and officials...
article Racino expansion restaurant picked
(New York) -- Morton’s The Steakhouse will operate the feature restaurant inside Saratoga Casino and Raceway’s $40 million hotel expansion, the racino...

12/16/2015

article Casino Free Tyre gets 2nd shot at derailing Lago
(New York) -- Casino Free Tyre will try this week to derail the development of the Lago Resort & Casino in Tyre for a second time for not following state...
article Morton’s steakhouse added to racino hotel, another restaurant expected
(New York) -- Hiring is under way for the 150 jobs that are being created by Saratoga Casino & Raceway’s $40 million new hotel. The four-story, 113-room...
article Court hearing in lawsuit involving planned Finger Lakes casino; plaintiffs claim town erred
(New York) -- A hearing is being held on a lawsuit that seeks to derail a casino planned for New York's Finger Lakes. The lawsuit was filed last month in Seneca...

12/13/2015

article Dire casino report can be overcome
(New York) -- We didn't really need an official report from a major investor service to know that casino gambling is facing tough competition these days. All we have...

12/9/2015

article No decision yet on plans for Suffolk casino
(New York) -- The legal battle between the Suffolk OTB and civic leaders has been put on hold. A Supreme Court judge reserved his decision until a later date over the...
article Casino Free Tyre injunction request denied
(New York) -- With another court date looming next week, Acting State Supreme Court Justice W. Patrick Falvey rejected one Casino Free Tyre request Tuesday. Falvey...
article Court to decide on Medford casino plans
(New York) -- News 12 Long Island has learned that the state Supreme Court is expected to either approve or halt plans for the gambling hall in Suffolk today. Both sides...

12/7/2015

article Report: New casinos will be entering an oversaturated regional market
(New York) -- Upstate New York, including Schenectady, is expected to have four new gambling casinos in the next two years. But with casinos also coming online in nearby...

12/6/2015

article Brookhaven officials to soon receive Medford casino plans
(New York) -- Suffolk OTB officials said they hope to submit plans soon for a proposed Medford video lottery casino following a federal court order directing county and...
article Part of Sullivan casino sales tax revenue may go to local towns, villages
(New York) -- Sullivan County towns and villages may be getting a share of the sales tax generated from growth related to the Montreign Resort Casino at Adelaar. The...

12/4/2015

article Dowd: Build Belmont casino
(New York) -- When smug Sheldon Silver strolled out of federal court Monday, convicted and disgraced, the major stumbling block to a key Long Island development...

12/3/2015

article Casino Revenues Plummet Here as Gaming Market Becomes Saturated
(New York) -- With three and possibly four private, big money casinos set to be licensed in New York State by the end of the year, and a plethora of new glitzy casinos...

12/2/2015

article Judge ruling upsets critics of Suffolk gambling plan
(New York) -- A federal bankruptcy judge ordered the Town of Brookhaven and Suffolk County to review and possibly grant permits to build a gambling parlor in Medford....
article Speakers blast IDA-casino deal
(New York) -- Fourteen of the 16 speakers at Monday’s public hearing opposed the Seneca County Industrial Development Agency’s financial package for the...
article Will Schenectady's casino hurt others on the East Coast?
(New York) -- What does the future hold for the casino in Schenectady that hasn't even been built yet? One of the most esteemed financial rating firms, Moody's,...
article NYRA's profits for 2015 exceed projections
(New York) -- On Wednesday night, the Christmas tree was lit in Rockefeller Center. Hours earlier and about 12 blocks away, New York Racing Association officials gave a...

11/29/2015

article New York’s plan for upstate casinos is moving slowly, leaving operators waiting for gaming licenses
(New York) -- Gov. Cuomo's plan to rejuvenate the Catskills and other parts of upstate New York with casino gambling is off to a slow start. Nearly a year after...
article IDA sets public hearing Monday on $45.3 million Lago offer
(New York) -- Do you have an opinion on the financial incentive package being offered to the Lago Resort & Casino by the Seneca County Industrial Development Agency?
article Suffolk OTB casino's latest roadblock: Bellone administration
(New York) -- The Bellone administration, which three years ago lobbied for a local casino to help bail out the bankrupt Suffolk Off-Track Betting Corp. and fiscally...
article Lottery startup company moves to Schenectady to be part of gaming boom
(New York) -- Jeff Perlee is used to dealing with games of chance. But the former CEO of New York State Lottery believes his latest venture is about as close as you can...

11/24/2015

article Senator proposes keeping majority of casino cash in the Falls
(New York) -- The state law governing the distribution of casino cash will expire this year and spur renegotiations between Albany, the city of Niagara Falls and certain...
article Senator Griffo Shares Concerns with Casinos in Upstate New York
(New York) -- In a letter sent out earlier this week, the Senator asked the Gaming Commission to re-evaluate their decisions, saying that the current process of...

11/21/2015

article New York Gaming Commission to meet; new casino licenses not on the agenda
(New York) -- Four casinos are waiting to learn if they have earned formal licensure in the state of New York and these entities are going to have to wait just a bit...

11/20/2015

article DraftKings staying open in New York until legal decision in court
(New York) -- Following the filing of a lawsuit from New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman earlier this week, FanDuel decided to temporarily stop accepting entries...
article New York Gaming Commission to meet as casino license decision looms
(New York) -- New York's Gaming Commission is scheduled to meet but the four casinos awaiting formal licensure may have to wait a little longer. The agenda for...
article Casino opponents seek injunction to stop work
(New York) -- The controversy surrounding the proposed Lago Resort & Casino is becoming a fixture in the court system. Opponents of the $425 million project are...
article Vernon Downs majority owner: No position on Lago
(New York) -- Based on a statement issued Thursday, Vernon Downs owner Jeff Gural does not agree with minority partner Gary Greenberg when it comes to the proposed Lago...

11/19/2015

article Vernon Downs owner Jeff Gural: No position on Seneca County casino
(New York) -- The owner of Vernon Downs said the Oneida County racino hasn't taken a position on the proposed Lago Resort & Casino in Seneca County, despite...
article Construction of hotel at racino well under way
(New York) -- Construction is well under way at the Saratoga Casino and Raceway hotel, which is expected to open in May or June of 2016.

11/18/2015

article Sullivan casino to benefit Stewart International Airport
(New York) -- Empire Resorts’ self-described “casino guy” sprinkled some pixie dust over Stewart International Airport Tuesday, suggesting its $1.1...

11/17/2015

article 'Say no to Lago': Opponents of Seneca County casino hold rally in Albany
(New York) -- Employees of two existing casinos in upstate New York gathered in Albany Tuesday and urged the state Gaming Commission to reject Lago Resort & Casino...
article Anti-Lago Casino group ratchets up pressure on Gaming Commission
(New York) -- The bitter fight over whether the Lago Casino project in Central New York should continue featured a show of force in Albany on Tuesday, with dozens of...
article Lago opponents rally in Albany
(New York) -- Two of the biggest critics of the proposed Lago Resort & Casino in Seneca County took their opposition to the state’s capital city Tuesday, where...
article Opponents of Finger Lakes casino rally at NY Capitol
(New York) -- Opponents of a casino planned for New York's Finger Lakes have gathered at New York's state Capitol to urge gambling regulators to reject the...

11/16/2015

article Lago Resort & Casino begins foundation work this week; opponents to hold rally in Albany
(New York) -- As work continues on Lago Resort & Casino in Seneca County, opponents of the project will hold a rally in Albany urging the state Gaming Commission to...
article Work on Finger Lakes casino continues, as does opposition
(New York) -- Construction of a new casino in New York’s Finger Lakes is entering a new phase even as opponents continue their effort to block the Las Vegas-style...

11/15/2015

article New casino may give hope for charities
(New York) -- To know why there’s hardly been opposition to the Montreign Resort Casino at Adelaar – unlike virtually every other past Sullivan County casino...

11/13/2015

article Tioga Downs Project Draws Contract Hopefuls from All Over New York
(New York) -- Minority and women-owned businesses were the focus of the first bidding event for the new Tioga Downs. The casino held the first networking opportunity for...

11/12/2015

article Lago Resort & Casino using minority- and women-owned businesses to build $425M facility
(New York) -- Four minority- and women-owned firms are playing key roles in the construction of Lago Resort & Casino in Tyre, Seneca County, the partners involved in...

11/11/2015

article The New York State AG's attempt to tackle daily fantasy (and the state's complicated relationship with gambling)
(New York) -- If you had Eric Schneiderman starting in your state attorney general attention fantasy league this week, you're rolling up a lot points. New York State...

11/8/2015

article Falls officials deal with drop in casino cash
(New York) -- Niagara Falls’ share of state casino revenue fell $3 million from 2012 to 2014 and continues to drop in the first half of 2015.

11/7/2015

article Long wait may be ending for NY's casino projects
(New York) -- Last December a state panel selected three casino projects intended to jumpstart the economy of upstate New York. Developers talked eagerly of ground-...

11/6/2015

article Planned Finger Lakes casino defends approval process
(New York) -- The team behind a casino planned for New York’s Finger Lakes is pushing back against a new lawsuit filed by a group of local residents opposed to the...

11/5/2015

article Anti-casino group files new lawsuit challenging project
(New York) -- Local residents opposed to Wimorite Inc.’s plans to build a casino in the Seneca County town of Tyre have thrown a new roadblock in the way of the $...
article Another lawsuit seeks to stymie Finger Lakes casino
(New York) -- The legal action continues to pile up against a proposed Finger Lakes casino as a citizens group backed by gambling competitors filed another lawsuit this...

11/4/2015

article Local opponents seek to block proposed Finger Lakes casino
(New York) -- A group of local residents opposed to a casino planned for New York's Finger Lakes is suing to derail the project, arguing that local officials didn...

11/2/2015

article Lotto Campaign Ribbing the Rich Seizes a Moment
(New York) -- Meet advertising’s favorite new villains: the ultrarich. As resentment toward the extraordinarily wealthy swells in many parts of the country and as...

10/31/2015

article Gural: 'Full-speed ahead' on Tioga Downs expansion
(New York) -- Tioga Downs owner Jeff Gural doesn’t have his casino license from the state yet, but he has already started construction on a $135 million expansion...
article Tioga Downs Breaks Ground on Expansion
(New York) -- A milestone is reached for Tioga Downs, as officials break ground on their expansion just two weeks after being recommended for a full casino license.

10/30/2015

article Optimism abounds as Tioga Downs breaks ground on casino
(New York) -- An abounding sense of optimism permeated festivities at Tioga Downs in Nichols on Friday afternoon as local officials joined owner Jeff Gural to break...

10/28/2015

article No VLT casino in Inwood
(New York) -- Following a community uproar and calls from elected officials and civic leaders, Joseph Cairo, the president of Nassau County Off-Track Betting, said that...

10/26/2015

article Hotel underway at Schenectady casino site
(New York) -- Construction of a new Marriott Hotel on the site of the future casino is underway. Workers have started on the foundation and piles are being driven for...
article Expansion at Tioga Downs with casino license recommendation
(New York) -- Tioga Downs plans a groundbreaking ceremony this week now that a state board has recommended that it be granted a license to expand into a Las Vegas-style...

10/25/2015

article Opinion: The Catskills Roll the Dice on a New Casino
(New York) -- Perhaps what they should be building is an amusement park, not a casino. Because after a nearly 50-year bureaucratic roller-coaster ride to bring legalized...
article Inwood residents decry OTB casino plan at rally
(New York) -- Inwood residents at a rally Sunday said they are opposed to Nassau Regional Off-Track Betting Corp. building a casino in their neighborhood, citing...

10/24/2015

article Casino expansion impact extends beyond Tioga County
(New York) -- Residents near the Tioga Downs racino in Nichols are excited about the decision to allow the facility to expand to a full, Las Vegas-style gaming facility...
article Casino Passes Second Environmental Review
(New York) -- Construction of the proposed Lago Resort and Casino can resume, now that the Seneca County town of Tyre has approved plans for the project for a second...
article IDA takes no action on Lago resolutions
(New York) -- The Seneca County Industrial Development Agency did not act on any of three resolutions related to the proposed Lago Resort & Casino at its meeting...
article Tyre Town Board signs off on second casino review
(New York) -- It’s over. After countless hours of meetings the last two years, after reading mountains of documents word for word, the Town Board finished its...

10/23/2015

article Casino Free Tyre 'disheartened' by town board's approval of Lago Resort & Casino site plan
(New York) -- Opponents of the proposed Lago Resort & Casino in Seneca County say they disagree with the Tyre town board's decision to approve a site plan for...
article Construction set to resume at Lago casino
(New York) -- Construction will resume on the Lago Resort and Casino between Rochester and Syracuse after a local town re-approved a site plan for the $425 million...
article With town approval, Lago construction back on track
(New York) -- It’s been just over three months since construction on the planned Lago resort between Syracuse and Rochester was halted in the wake of a court...
article Work to restart at proposed casino site in the Finger Lakes
(New York) -- Developers of a proposed Finger Lakes casino say they will restart site construction work immediately now that local officials have approved their plan for...

10/22/2015

article One casino gets bigger, another decries competitors
(New York) -- One of four casinos slated for upstate appears to be going Vegas, with plans for added gaming tables and elaborate penthouse suites — plus a higher...

10/19/2015

article Casino project offers hope to struggling Southern Tier
(New York) -- Chris White didn’t listen to the naysayers, the ones who said it would be foolish to start a business in New York’s struggling Southern Tier,...

10/18/2015

article New York Gaming Facility Location Board chooses Tioga Downs for full casino location
(New York) -- On October 14 the New York Gaming Facility Location Board selected Tioga Downs Casino & Racing to be the state’s final full casino after being...
article Lago violates zoning code
(New York) -- By installing six light poles and five fire hydrants two days later than they should have, Lago Resort & Casino violated the town zoning code.
article Lago, landfill, depot top issues in Seneca County races
(New York) -- Lago Resort & Casino. Seneca Meadows Landfill. The Cayuga Indian Nation. The future of the former Seneca Army Depot. Seneca County doesn’t have...
article Local hurdles cleared for proposed Finger Lakes casino
(New York) -- Following a setback in court this past July, a Finger Lake casino proposal is clearing local hurdles. Developers of the Lago Resort & Casino said they...

10/17/2015

article Casino project offers much-needed glimmer of hope to NY’s struggling Southern Tier
(New York) -- Chris White didn’t listen to the naysayers, the ones who said it would be foolish to start a business in New York’s struggling Southern Tier, where antique...
article Tioga Downs wins casino bid from board
(New York) -- Tioga Downs hit the jackpot. The nine-year-old racino, located in Nichols, Tioga County, received the nod from the state Gaming Location Board on Wednesday...
article Lago Resort & Casino Clears More Planning Hurdles
(New York) -- The proposed $425-million Lago Resort & Casino cleared several more hurdles after the Tyre Town Board unanimously voted in favor of motions related to...
article Proposed casino clears local hurdles
(New York) -- A proposed Finger Lakes casino is clearing local hurdles following a setback in court. Lago Resort & Casino developers say they're pleased that...

10/16/2015

article Tioga Downs approval gives the region a 'Lucky 7'
(New York) -- Congratulations to developer Jeff Gural, owner of Tioga Downs, on overcoming the biggest hurdle to a full casino license for his racino in Nichols. Gural...

10/15/2015

article Casino developer calls Preet Bharara an ‘awful human being’
(New York) -- Jeff Gural, whose Tioga Downs slot parlor in the Southern Tier is on track to receive a casino license, called U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara an “awful...
article Auditors fault New York Racing Association bookkeeping
(New York) -- State auditors say the New York Racing Association is failing to properly document capital plans, with problems persisting since its 2008 bankruptcy...

10/14/2015

article Panel Backs Casino for Southern Tier Area of New York State
(New York) -- A New York State board on Wednesday recommended approving the opening of a casino resort in the Southern Tier, a rural and economically impoverished area...
article Southern Tier casino proposal endorsed for struggling region
(New York) -- A plan to expand a racino in New York's Southern Tier into a full resort casino has won the endorsement of state gambling regulators. Tioga Downs was...
article Tioga Downs casino project wins approval
(New York) -- A special Gaming Facility Location Board gave its approval Wednesday for Tioga Downs in rural Nichols, Tioga County, to be the site of state's fourth...
article Tioga Downs wins key step toward full casino in NY's Southern Tier
(New York) -- Tioga Downs Casino & Racing is on its way to becoming a Las Vegas-style casino – a huge win for many in the Southern Tier who felt they were...
article Will Tioga Downs get the casino license go-ahead today?
(New York) -- Two years of applying to offer slots and table games could end Wednesday for Tioga Downs when a state board is expected to recommend whether the racino be...

10/13/2015

article Casino draws plenty of job seekers
(New York) -- The push for casino gambling in upstate New York has been characterized as something of a jobs jackpot and that seems to be the hope among central New York...
article Decision expected on casino plan in NY's Southern Tier
(New York) -- A New York state board is expected to decide soon whether to allow a racino in the state's Southern Tier to expand into a full casino. Tioga Downs...

10/10/2015

article Casino hearings draw both opponents, supporters
(New York) -- Thursday night’s Town Board meeting on the proposed Lago Resort & Casino featured dueling T-shirts, signs and opinions. A crowd of more than 100 turned...
article Decision expected Wednesday on Tioga Downs casino
(New York) -- The fate of Tioga Downs’ bid for a full-scale casino will become clearer Wednesday. The state Gaming Facility Location Board will meet Wednesday in...
article Tyre Neighbors against Casino Share Stories via YouTube
(New York) -- Neighbors in Seneca County are trying to put the brakes on the development of a Las Vegas-style resort in the town of Tyre. Opponents have collected...

10/6/2015

article Plans to move forward in Seneca County casino construction
(New York) -- On Monday, the partners behind Lago applauded a ruling to let plans move forward on a planned casino and resort in Seneca County, according to our news...

10/5/2015

article Churchill Downs buys stake in Saratoga Casino and Raceway
(New York) -- Churchill Downs Inc. paid about $24.8 million to own a 25 percent stake in Saratoga Casino Holdings LLC, a new entity that includes Saratoga Casino and...
article Betson, AMOA-NY set for legal online gaming campaign
(New York) -- The Amusement and Music Owners Association of New York (AMOY-NY) and amusement equipment supplier Betson Enterprises are to launch a campaign in favour of...
article New York schools lose billions to casino video lottery machines and pari-mutuel non-profits
(New York) -- In the wake of 9/11, New York passed an emergency law expanding the scope of the state’s lottery to include video lottery terminals (VLT’s),...
article Political scientist questions if casinos will boost state growth
(New York) -- One of the Hudson Valley’s preeminent economists says he is not sure development of Las Vegas-style casinos in New York, like the one to be built in...
article Churchill Downs buys stake in Saratoga Casino and Raceway
(New York) -- Churchill Downs Inc. paid about $24.8 million to own a 25 percent stake in Saratoga Casino Holdings LLC, a new entity that includes Saratoga Casino and...

10/4/2015

article Ruling by Tyre Town Board; Lago Resort & Casino will not harm the environment
(New York) -- The second ruling in recent months regarding an environmental review, the Town of Tyre announced that on October 1st, it had determined that the Seneca...

10/3/2015

article Finger Lakes casino wins town backing
(New York) -- A town board has approved the latest environmental plans for a $425 million casino in the Finger Lakes, but construction remains stalled until further...

10/2/2015

article Tyre Town Board doubles down, approves 2nd casino review
(New York) -- The proposed Lago Resort & Casino “will not have a significant adverse environmental impact.” The Town Board agreed with that negative...

9/30/2015

article Casino the wrong choice for Rochester
(New Hampshire) -- The 140th Rochester Fair is in the books. The midway packed up and moved on to the next venue, but an unpleasant backwash lingers — as if someone ate...

9/29/2015

article 6th Circ. Won't Revisit Ruling On NLRB Role At Tribal Casino
(New York) -- The Sixth Circuit on Tuesday rejected a bid for en banc rehearing of its ruling upholding a National Labor Relations Board decision faulting the Saginaw...

9/28/2015

article OTBs face fiscal turmoil
(New York) -- As competition for gambling dollars has intensified, the state's fiscal watchdog is warning that New York's Off-Track Betting corporations could face...
article Casino licenses in NY still being reviewed
(New York) -- Don’t roll the dice yet. Nine months after the state Gaming Facility Location Board approved three sites for upstate casinos, the state Gaming...
article Lottery Swipes $1.7B From Schools to Fatten Casino Owners
(New York) -- New York Lottery slot machines placed in casinos and meant to help fund education have under delivered to school children by some $1.7 billion and have...

9/27/2015

article New York Comptroller’s 5-year audit: Off-track betting plummets
(New York) -- A five year audit released by New York state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli on Friday shows a precipitous drop in off-track betting compared to the previous...
article Residents and Lawmakers Protest Against Medford Casino
(New York) -- A group of protesters from Suffolk County, New York rallied on Saturday against the establishment of a small casino in Medford. Residents of the area,...

9/26/2015

article DiNapoli: New York's OTBs on the brink
(New York) -- For years, the leaders of Capital Off-Track Betting have sounded alarms that the 40-year-old organization is bleeding revenue while fighting increased...

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