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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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4/22/2015

article Lawyer asks rebidding of four upstate casino sites
(New York) -- A law firm that represented one of the failed casino license applicants has written to state Gaming Commission Chairman Mark Gearan urging him to reopen...

4/21/2015

article Editorial: Rivers Casino's tough odds
(New York) -- THE ISSUE: The site of a Schenectady casino has serious pollution problems. THE STAKES: How will this affect the project's potential success, not to...

4/20/2015

article Voices pro and con on Medford casino pack Brookhaven Town Hall
(New York) -- Hundreds of supporters and opponents of a proposed Medford video-lottery casino packed Brookhaven Town Hall last week at the first meeting since a legal...

4/18/2015

article Site of Schenectady casino contaminated with decades of petroleum, degreasing agents
(New York) -- Artist renderings of a casino resort proposed for the banks of the Mohawk River depict glimmering, glass-enclosed buildings and sprawling green lawns set...

4/17/2015

article Planning commission approves Schenectady casino development proposal
(New York) -- The planned casino in Schenectady is paving the way for more development. The planning commission has approved the site plan for a four-story Courtyard...
article Vernon Downs opens racing season, despite concerns over future
(New York) -- Vernon Downs harness racing starts this weekend, a welcomed sign that spring is here. Many in the Vernon community have concerns about the future of Vernon...

4/16/2015

article Casino opponent files complaint with AG's Public Integrity Bureau
(New York) -- Lago Resort & Casino opponent Desiree Dawley has filed a complaint with the Public Integrity Bureau of the state Attorney General’s Office.

4/15/2015

article St. Lawrence County, towns of Brasher and Massena win greater control over tribal-state compact funds
(New York) -- Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s office has notified St. Lawrence County officials that the county, as well as the towns of Massena and Brasher, no longer will...
article Report: Nine New York racinos generate $3.7 billion in economic activity, $1.3 billion in tax revenue
(New York) -- New York could be getting as many as four new casinos, but a report released by Oxford Economics found the nine existing racinos already have a major...
article Casino site hotel gets approval
(New York) -- After enjoying the casino and harbor and other attractions at the Rivers Casino and Resort at Mohawk Harbor, future visitors would be able to unwind at the...

4/14/2015

article Is the future of Vernon Downs in jeopardy?
(New York) -- Currently a bidding process is underway for a new casino in the Southern Tier and the owner of Tioga Downs has put in an application with the hope of...
article Looming casino decision casts doubt on future of Vernon Downs
(New York) -- What would happen if Vernon Downs closed? As the historic harness track prepares for its Friday season opener, it's a question that has been raised in...

4/13/2015

article Racino numbers down; hopes of full gaming remain in Southern Tier
(New York) -- For New York State's Fiscal Year of 2014-15, which runs from April 2014 to April 2015, the official numbers brought in from the state's nine...
article Who sent questions to casino board? Just Tioga Downs
(New York) -- So far, only Tioga Downs has announced plans to submit a bid for a Southern Tier casino. That didn’t change Monday, when the Gaming Facility Location...
article Suffolk OTB hires developer as adviser on casino plan
(New York) -- Suffolk Regional Off-Track Betting Corp. has hired prominent local developer Ronald Parr as an adviser as it moves toward building a $76 million gambling...

4/11/2015

article New York VLT Revenue Declines in Fiscal Year
(New York) -- Their financial performances were no secret during the year, but now the final numbers for fiscal 2014 are in and, for the first time, New York racetrack-...
article OP/ED: How high taxes and regulation are killing one of the most prosperous states in the nation
(New York) -- Upstate New York is becoming Detroit with grass. Binghamton, New York — once a powerhouse of industry — is now approaching Detroit in many...

4/10/2015

article Sullivan County’s casino beginning to attract attention
(New York) -- The Adelaar Resort project, which will include Montreign, the Catskills’ only casino, is still at least two years from being a reality, but a lot of...
article Editorial: Casino bucks a risky bet
(New York) -- THE ISSUE: State revenues from nine racinos in New York show signs of flattening out. THE STAKES: The trend does not bode well for towns betting on big...

4/9/2015

article Bloomberg pans upstate casinos, fracking decision
(New York) -- Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is not a fan of two of the state's recent high-profile policy decisions. In an interview Wednesday with...
article Saratoga racino revenue flat as free video lottery games on rise in state racino network
(New York) -- The state's nine racinos have been giving away increasing numbers of free video lottery terminal games as a way to lure more gamblers, but at the...

4/8/2015

article Former Mayor Michael Bloomberg slams Andrew Cuomo's decisions to expand casino gambling, reject hydrofracking
(New York) -- Former Mayor Michael Bloomberg Wednesday broke his silence on New York politics Wednesday —ripping Gov. Cuomo's decisions to expand casino...

4/7/2015

article Saratoga racino revenue flat as free video lottery games on rise in state racino network
(New York) -- The state's nine racinos have been giving away increasing numbers of free video lottery terminal games as a way to lure more gamblers, but at the...
article NYRA must go private, supervisors told
(New York) -- New York Racing Association can’t address long-term goals such as major facilities upgrades to aging Saratoga Race Course until the firm returns to...

4/6/2015

article New York racino revenues drop $7 million
(New York) -- The state’s network of racinos posted lower revenues from one year to the next for the first time since the gambling parlors opened a decade ago,...
article Net winnings decline at Saratoga Casino and Raceway
(New York) -- Saratoga Casino and Raceway finished the last fiscal year with a slight decline in net winnings, the first time that's happened since video slot...

4/5/2015

article Oneida Indians Ask New York To Reject Lago Casino
(New York) -- New York’s casino bill was designed to be palatable to all interests. Upstate casinos would be spread out across three regions, and there would be no...
article GUEST APPEARANCE: Seneca County matters — Officials say it is poised for dynamic growth that will benefit all NY
(New York) -- What can Seneca County do for New York state? Let’s see, we have the beauty of the Finger Lakes and the historic communities of Seneca Falls (...

4/4/2015

article Steve Israel: Some in Sullivan point out casinos' downsides
(New York) -- Tim Shera of Liberty recently asked me to write about something I haven’t heard anyone talk about for ages: the downside of casinos.
article Schenectady Casino Marina Gets Planning Commission Approval
(New York) -- The plan for the development of the Rivers Casino & Resort in Schenectady, New York was reviewed by the city Planning Commission.
article Casino losers get some cash back
(New York) -- The state Gaming Commission recently refunded some of the money put up by groups who made losing bids for casinos, including the group behind the failed...

4/3/2015

article New York State Budget Tweaks VLT Gambling
(New York) -- The New York state budget agreed upon this week includes changes to language regarding video lottery terminal gaming facilities.
article Schenectady casino plan gets state OK for marina
(New York) -- The Rotterdam-based developer of a $450 million building project has secured another key environmental permit that paves the way for the construction of a...
article Are the odds in Vernon Downs' favor?
(New York) -- Harness racing season begins two weeks from today at Vernon Downs. But once again, the track’s fate — and that of its racino — hangs in...

4/1/2015

article NY returned $7.8M to losing casino bidders
(New York) -- Developers behind the 13 losing casino projects in New York were returned 60 percent -- about $7.8 million -- of the application fees they submitted, state...

3/31/2015

article Developer unveiling changes at Schenectady casino site
(New York) -- The developer of a $450 million waterfront building project that features a harbor and casino will address the city's the Planning Commission for...
article Provision would add 'skill' to VLTs
(New York) -- A provision in the state budget gives New York's racinos the green light to offer an expanded array of electronic gaming featuring elements of "...

3/30/2015

article Budget allows VLT games with element of ‘skill’
(New York) -- A provision in the state budget gives New York the green light to offer an expanded array of electronic gaming featuring elements of “skill,”...
article State Control of NYRA Extended Another Year
(New York) -- New York officials have agreed to keep intact the state's oversight of the New York Racing Association, a control period that was to expire this...

3/29/2015

article Editorial: To win casino, Southern Tier must pour on sparkle
(New York) -- Plan big. Build it grand. Make it a money magnet. That's the direction any potentially successful applicant for a Southern Tier casino got from the...
article NYRA's On-Track Handle Rises in 2014
(New York) -- Total on-track handle at the New York Racing Association's three tracks rose 2% to $374,387,425 in 2014, the second-highest total over the past six...

3/28/2015

article Hugh Reynolds: Gambling on the future
(New York) -- Serious conflict has developed between the owners of the vacant Nevele in Ellenville and operators of two family-owned resorts in the Town of Rochester...

3/27/2015

article New York nixes gaming expansion
(New York) -- Plans to expand video lottery terminal gaming at a New York racetrack and an off-track betting venue were halted during state budget negotiations,...
article Official: Rensselaer VLT casino plan dead
(New York) -- Assemblyman John McDonald, D-Cohoes, said Thursday that the proposal to let Capital OTB open a VLT casino at a riverfront site in Rensselaer appears to be...

3/26/2015

article VLT Expansion Proposals Shot Down in New York
(New York) -- Efforts to expand video lottery terminal casinos in New York, including one at Belmont Park, have been quashed during state budget negotiations at the...

3/25/2015

article New York Senator Questions Spending on Racing
(New York) -- A measure giving flexibility to the financial operations of the New York State Thoroughbred Breeding and Development Fund passed by a comfortable margin in...

3/24/2015

article Prep work moving fast for Sullivan County casino
(New York) -- Prep work is moving fast for Sullivan County’s long-awaited casino. Empire Resorts Vice President Charlie Degliomini tells the Times Herald-Record of...
article Medford civic leaders sue Suffolk OTB, hoping to block construction of Medford casino
(New York) -- Medford civic leaders and the Brookhaven Town Conservative Committee have sued Suffolk Off-Track Betting Corp. in an attempt to block a 1,000-terminal...

3/23/2015

article Prep work moving fast for Sullivan County casino
(New York) -- Prep work is moving fast for Sullivan County’s long-awaited casino. Empire Resorts Vice President Charlie Degliomini tells the Times Herald-Record of...
article Gambling revenue in U.S. weakens as NY expands
(New York) -- As New York looks to add as many as four upstate casinos, gambling revenue across the nation has flattened, a report today found. States' revenues from...
article Date set for casino bidders in New York's Southern Tier
(New York) -- Developers have until July 6 to submit proposals to build a casino in New York's eastern Southern Tier, an area along the Pennsylvania border that was...
article Gaming Commission greenlights fourth upstate casino, revenues nationally are slowing
(New York) -- The state Gaming Commission earlier Monday voted without debate to open up bidding for proposals to build what would be a fourth upstate casino in the...
article New York opens bidding process for Southern Tier casino
(New York) -- The bidding process is formally underway for those interested in building a Las Vegas-style casino in New York’s Southern Tier. The state’s Gaming...
article State OKs fourth upstate casino bidding, revenues 'weakening' nationally
(New York) -- New York's state Gaming Commission on Monday signed off on a plan to seek bids on what would be a fourth upstate casino, the same day that a new study...
article Churchill: It's time to give up on Rensselaer casino plan
(New York) -- Don't hold your breath waiting for the "boutique casino" on the Rensselaer waterfront. That would be the one announced Friday, the proposal...
article Tioga Downs beefs up application as casino bidding process opens
(New York) -- Bidding opened Monday for those interested in building a Las Vegas-style casino in New York's Southern Tier, but so far there's only one contender...
article Suffolk OTB moves forward with VLT facility
(New York) -- State law exempts lottery terminals and OTB facilities from town zoning laws, so the town has no say over the proposed gambling parlor.

3/22/2015

article Schenectady casino developer benefits from 5 years of tax breaks
(New York) -- The developers of the $450 million Rivers Casino and Resort at Mohawk Harbor won the coveted recommendation for a New York state gaming license in part on...
article 100 acres already cleared for Sullivan casino
(New York) -- The official groundbreaking for Sullivan County’s long-awaited casino may be months away, but prep work for the resort is moving fast.
article VLTs proposed for Rensselaer
(New York) -- The city lost out on its bid for the Capital Region's casino license, but it now has a new opportunity with Capital District Off-Track Betting's...

3/21/2015

article Steve Israel: Elaborate background checks underway for Sullivan casino license
(New York) -- Sullivan County waited nearly a half century for a casino, but folks in the show-me county are already wondering what’s taking so long for the state...
article Spurned by casino, Rensselaer mayor wants 1,000 video slot machines
(New York) -- The hard-luck city of Rensselear was passed over for an upstate New York casino, but the mayor is pushing hard for what he says is the next best thing: 1,...

3/20/2015

article Rensselaer, OTB look to expand Capital Region gaming
(New York) -- Leaders looking for a financial jackpot in Rensselaer are hoping for a second chance. Mayor Dan Dwyer tells CBS 6 he’s working to bring another kind...
article Casino-siting board plans to extend contract with Taft
(New York) -- The Gaming Facility Location Board is seeking to extend its contract with Taft, Stettinius & Hollister LLP for gaming advisory services.

3/19/2015

article Gaming Commission meeting will be streamed live Monday
(New York) -- The New York State Gaming Commission is scheduled to meet at noon Monday. The meeting will take place in the State Labor Department’s 4th Floor...
article VLT Proposals Not Too Welcome
(New York) -- In the wake of the decision not to site a casino in Ulster County, it's been suggested that permitting some video lottery terminals, or VLTs, might...
article House panel OKs bill seeking to boost lottery ticket sales
(New Mexico) -- A bill aimed at increasing New Mexico Lottery ticket sales — and keeping the Legislative Lottery Scholarship fund solvent — cleared another...

3/18/2015

article Chipman supports VLTs for Hudson Valley Resort, Pinegrove, but not Nevele
(New York) -- The owners of the Hudson Valley Resort and Pinegrove Resort Rank are keeping their fingers crossed that the state legislature and governor will allow them...
article Gaming Commission to consider Tier casino RFA Monday
(New York) -- The Southern Tier’s second chance for a casino is expected to start Monday. The state Gaming Commission is scheduled to meet at noon Monday in...
article Thoroughbred Track Wants to Block Casino
(New York) -- Another gaming option in upstate New York is one too many, a thoroughbred track near Rochester says in a lawsuit. The plaintiff Finger Lakes Racing...

3/13/2015

article New York Casino Licensing Under Fire
(New York) -- Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has opened an investigation into the 2014 bidding process for casino licenses in New York. It was recently revealed the...

3/12/2015

article Track sues over selection of nearby casino in Finger Lakes
(New York) -- A Finger Lakes thoroughbred racetrack with video lottery terminals filed a lawsuit against New York officials for selecting a nearby casino site the track...

3/11/2015

article Delaware North sues state to block Finger Lakes casino
(New York) -- Delaware North has filed a lawsuit against the state of New York seeking to block the recent decision to locate a casino east of Rochester that could force...
article Finger Lakes Gaming files suit over Lago selection
(New York) -- Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack is legally challenging a state board’s recommendation for a casino 27 miles away. Finger Lakes Racing Association...
article Finger Lakes racetrack sues over Lago casino (Updated)
(New York) -- Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack has filed a lawsuit challenging the state Gaming Facility Location Board’s recommendation of a Seneca County...
article Master plan is next step in $450M casino project
(New York) -- The developer of a $450 million waterfront building project that features a harbor and casino is scheduled to appear before the Planning Commission at the...

3/8/2015

article Sullivan County’s people are the main asset in hospitality trade, conference hears
(New York) -- All six panelists at the Sullivan Renaissance annual conference on Saturday agreed that the county’s people are its primary asset when dealing with...

3/7/2015

article Sullivan Renaissance holds annual conference
(New York) -- About 150 people attended the annual Sullivan Renaissance Conference at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts on Saturday. The keynote panel's discussion...

3/6/2015

article Gambling on the sport of kings – whether you want to or not
(New York) -- The most deadly creature in Australia is the horse. Despite our misconceptions about the dangers of the wildlife Down Under, the National Coroners...
article Saratoga Study Touts Impact of VLT Revenue
(New York) -- Video lottery terminals at Aqueduct Racetrack have helped push up prices of New York-bred yearlings and increased the state's foal crop in what...

3/5/2015

article NM Senate passes bill to test race horses for illegal drugs
(New Mexico) -- A bill to rein in illegal doping of horses that take to New Mexico's race tracks has passed the Senate. The legislation by Sen. Mary Kay Papen was...

3/4/2015

article Site of proposed casino to be sold
(New York) -- The Thompson Hill Road site of a proposed casino is for sale, a spokeswoman for the owner said Tuesday. The planned development district application...

3/3/2015

article Suffolk lawmakers kill bill to tighten rules on OTB casinos
(New York) -- In a blow to Medford video slot opponents, the Suffolk County Legislature Tuesday voted down a bill that would have required Off-Track Betting Corp. board...

2/28/2015

article New York Casino Board Reopens Southern Tier Bid
(New York) -- The New York Gaming Facility Location Board released an 800-page report on its decision to back only three of all sixteen bidders for casino licenses on...
article New York Casino Location Board Moves Ahead with Process of Giving New Licenses
(New York) -- It has been reported that the state’s casino location board on Friday moved forward with the new bidding from the developers for a license in New...
article NY board starts process for 4th casino license
(New York) -- The state’s casino siting board on Friday moved forward with new bidding for a gaming license in New York’s Southern Tier. The Gaming Facility...
article Casino siting board defends ‘thankless’ decision
(New York) -- The state’s casino siting board voted Friday to move forward with a plan to allow new bids for a possible casino located in the Southern Tier, and...
article Lack of Imagination, Design Doomed Casino Projects: Report
(New York) -- Almost as much as it took a good bid to win a casino recommendation in Schenectady, it took shortfalls for the other bids to lose their own chances.
article Losing casino bids hindered by debt, bats, bankruptcy
(New York) -- A report published by the state’s casino siting board on Friday explained the rationale behind why some bidders won and others lost when the state...
article Overall Market Factored in Rejections of Casino Bids, Panel Says
(New York) -- The panel that recommended locations for three new casinos in New York released its final report on the selection process on Friday, finding, among other...
article Poverty rates, bat caves played role in casino decision
(New York) -- What do poverty rates and bat caves have to do with casinos? Both figured in the recommendations made by a state panel as it pondered where three upstate...

2/27/2015

article Casino board signs off on findings, approves new Southern Tier bidding
(New York) -- The state Gaming Facility Location Board this morning approved a nearly 800-page report on its findings Dec. 17 to approve three upstate casinos: in the...
article Second chance for a Southern Tier casino?
(New York) -- Is the Southern Tier is one step closer to receiving a casino license? The New York State Gaming Facility Location Board voted to approve request for...
article Caesars Bankruptcy Risk Killed Its Bid for N.Y. Casino License
(New York) -- The threat of bankruptcy by Caesars Entertainment Corp.’s main operating unit was a key reason the Las Vegas-based gambling company didn’t win...
article Jeff Gural to Gaming Facility Location Board: Come and See Tioga Downs
(New York) -- The state's Gaming Facility Location Board released a report Friday outlining the reasoning that went into the decisions in the casino licensing process,...
article NY casino siting panel on Seneca County gaming resort: 'Thoughtful and well-designed facility'
(New York) -- A report released Friday by the state Gaming Facility Location Board sheds light on why the panel recommended Lago Resort & Casino in Seneca County for...
article Overall Market Factored in Rejections of Casino Bids, Panel Says
(New York) -- The panel that recommended locations for three new casinos in New York released on Friday its final report on the selection process, finding, among other...
article Why Lago won and the Southern Tier lost in NY casino license competition
(New York) -- The Lago Resort & Casino promised at least $2 million yearly to the town of Tyre in its proposal to state officials for a casino license.
article Appeals court rejects injunction for Finger Lakes casino
(New York) -- A state appeals court in Rochester has rejected an attempt to prevent work on a planned Finger Lakes casino. Casino Free Tyre, a group opposed to the...
article City ready to move quickly on Batavia Downs hotel project
(New York) -- The city is ready, willing and able to help get construction started quickly on a new, five-story, 80- to 100-room hotel at Batavia Downs, said City...
article Four Buffalo investors teaming up for Batavia Downs hotel
(New York) -- A group of four Buffalo investors are planning to build a new hotel adjacent to the Batavia Downs racetrack and casino, after the board of Western Regional...

2/26/2015

article Spurned by casino board, Nevele wants VLTs in Ulster County
(New York) -- The owners of the former Nevele resort in Ulster County today announced they will seek state support to open a sports facility with 750 video-lottery...

2/25/2015

article Attorney General Eric Schneiderman Investigates Casino Selection Process
(New York) -- Gov. Andrew Cuomo administration is in hot water as Attorney General Eric Schneiderman proceeds to investigate whether a conflict of interest influenced...
article Rejected for casino license, Catskills developers pursue smaller resort with sports, gambling
(New York) -- Developers who failed to land a casino license at the site of an old Borscht Belt hotel in the Catskills hope to build a smaller sports and gambling resort...

2/24/2015

article A.G. probe may cast cloud over casino bids
(New York) -- An inquiry by the Attorney General’s Office into the selection of three casino projects has raised new questions about the process as the state looks...
article Attorney general investigating Cuomo's casino picks
(New York) -- Two applicants rejected by the Cuomo administration's Gaming Facility Location Board last December—Tioga Downs of Nichols, N.Y., and Traditions...
article Jeff Gural: Attorney general probing casino selection process
(New York) -- A losing bidder for New York state casino license says Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is investigating a state board’s recent selection of three...
article Gambling parlor backers try to shout down Suffolk Assemblyman
(New York) -- Supporters of a proposed gambling parlor in Medford Monday tried to shout down a state assemblyman who announced legislation to block planned casinos in...
article LI Lawmaker Proposes Bill To Halt Gaming Facilities In Nassau, Suffolk Counties
(New York) -- After the Westbury community came together and fought the plan to bring a casino to their neighborhood, a lawmaker has proposed a bill that would halt...
article Suffolk bill would mandate consideration of community views in VLT siting
(New York) -- A bill to require Suffolk Off-Track Betting Corp. board members to get community support before locating gambling parlors made it out of a Suffolk...
article Oneida County lawmakers want Vernon Downs to keep more of VLT take
(New York) -- A petition recently circulated among Oneida County legislators asking the state to increase Vernon Downs’ take from its video lottery terminals from...

2/23/2015

article AG investigating casino selections
(New York) -- Attorney General Eric Schneiderman appears to be investigating a state siting board's Dec. 17 decision to select three upstate casinos for gaming...
article AG investigating New York casino selections
(New York) -- The state Attorney General's Office may be investigating whether potential conflicts of interest played a role in the Gaming Facility Location Board...
article AG is interviewing losing casino license bidders
(New York) -- Representatives of Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s Public Integrity Bureau are interviewing losers in last year’s bid to get one of three...
article Attorney General Eric Schneiderman investigating Cuomo administration's handling of casino selection process
(New York) -- State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has opened a new front in his feud with Gov. Cuomo — the awarding of casino licenses. Schneiderman is...
article New York Attorney General Is Said to Review Casino Bidding Process
(New York) -- The state attorney general’s office has opened a preliminary inquiry into the process by which three projects were recently recommended for new...
article Reports: NY AG Schneiderman inquiring about Lago casino selection
(New York) -- State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's office interviewed a losing casino bidder late last week about possible conflicts of interest between the...
article Cahill continues to push his VLT plan
(New York) -- Assemblyman Kevin Cahill (D, Kingston) would still like to afford resorts in the Catskills the ability to offer video lottery gaming in the wake of the...
article State Lawmaker Proposes Legislation To Block OTB Gaming Parlors On Long Island
(New York) -- A state lawmaker on Monday was introducing new legislation to prohibit the Nassau Off-Track Betting Corporation from building gambling parlors on Long...

2/22/2015

article Steve Israel: Even skeptics changing tune on Sullivan casino choice
(New York) -- U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer wants Route 17 widened all the way to Monticello for the millions of visitors expected to head to the new casino.
article Residents of Tyre against the Construction of Lago Resort & Casino
(New York) -- The New York State Gaming Commission is about to have its regular monthly meeting on Monday, February 23. It will discuss gaming matters from around the...
article Legislators petition state to up Vernon Downs’ cut of video lottery profits
(New York) -- Some Oneida County legislators want the state to be more generous with its video lottery terminal revenue split at Vernon Downs.
article With new casino planned, gaming management program a hit at Schenectady community college
(New York) -- Changing careers could be a gamble, but sometimes pursuing something new is worth the risk. Michael Favata, 43, was looking for a new job after retiring as...

2/21/2015

article Gaming Commission to meet Monday
(New York) -- No decisions are expected on the awarding of casino licenses at the noon Monday meeting of the New York State Gaming Commission.
article Proposed bill would reverse LI gambling law [video]
(New York) -- Assemblyman Michael Fitzpatrick (R - St. James) proposed bill comes after communities in Nassau and Suffolk strongly opposed the OTBs choice locations for...

2/20/2015

article Casino siting board to release findings, details for Southern Tier bidding
(New York) -- The state Gaming Facility Location Board is set to meet next Friday, Feb. 27, to release its final report on its three casino picks and detail plans to...
article Curious about failed casino bids? Board has details
(New York) -- The public on Friday will learn more about the state's decision to pick three casino projects and the process for adding a fourth casino in the...
article Dowd: Rolling the dice and ice
(New York) -- We live in an age where technology firms on Long Island make computer components capable of withstanding the inconceivable cold of outer space. The...
article IDA answers questions about casino aid deal
(New York) -- The Seneca County Industrial Development Agency has kept its promise to answer questions from the public about its financial assistance package for Lago...
article Casino Free Tyre demands investigation
(New York) -- Members of Casino Free Tyre have written to four state legislators, asking them to “demand an immediate and thorough investigation” by the...
article Tioga Downs' owner still steaming over casino rejection
(New York) -- Tioga Downs owner Jeff Gural said he plans to rebid for a Southern Tier casino, but he is questioning why the state appears eager to try to find a...
article State lawmaker moves to shelve video gambling parlors on Long Island
(New York) -- A Long Island Republican moved Friday to shelve gambling parlors on Long Island altogether, following a vocal backlash against siting video slot machine...

2/19/2015

article Medford residents ratchet up opposition to casino proposal
(New York) -- Medford residents, led by local civic groups, are ratcheting up their opposition to a proposed $65 million video lottery parlor in the community,...

2/18/2015

article Counties discuss regional approach for new casino
(New York) -- The casino wars are over. After nearly a year of bare-knuckled battles over who would land a Catskills/Hudson Valley casino, officials from victorious...
article How The Men Behind Empire City Are Handling The Slot Casino Business With Live Gaming Looming
(New York) -- Yonkers Raceway has been a historically lucky spot for the Rooney family. Back in 1937, Art Rooney Sr. placed a bet there on a horse said to have 14-1 odds...

2/15/2015

article Southern Tier’s casino bidders spent big on lobbying
(New York) -- The casino-selection process was billed as one that removed politics from the equation. But that doesn’t mean New York’s bidders shied away...
article Debt, discord cause hard times for Tuxedo
(New York) -- When people think of Tuxedo, they think of Tuxedo Park, the moneyed enclave within the town known for its multimillion-dollar mansions and the formal...

2/14/2015

article Casinos provide hope for struggling towns
(New York) -- Bill Sipos first served on a commission 40 years ago to bring casinos to the Catskills. So the restaurant owner in Monticello is thrilled that a casino for...

2/13/2015

article IDA approves casino incentives in 6-0 vote
(New York) -- Lago is getting its financial assistance from Seneca County. Despite the continued opposition of many local residents, the board of directors of the Seneca...

2/11/2015

article Letter: Mystified by OTB hostility in Suffolk
(New York) -- I've lived on Long Island a little more than 12 years. Being from the outside, I've never seen so many small groups of people create so much havoc...
article Solages: no casino at Belmont
(New York) -- Nassau County Legislator Carrie Solages held a rally on Feb. 3 in opposition to plans that would bring a casino to Belmont Park. He was joined by other...

2/9/2015

article Rivers Casino Asking for Changes to Schenectady Zoning Bylaws
(New York) -- Organizers of the Rivers Casino and Resort await the decision of the Schenectady City Council to allow for part of their plan to be implemented.

2/7/2015

article Suffolk legislator proposes resolution to empower communities on casinos
(New York) -- Suffolk Legis. Robert Calarco said last week he wanted to "ratchet up the pressure a little bit" on Suffolk Off-Track Betting Corp. officials...
article Fewer dollars, fewer dreams?
(New York) -- Revenue for New York lottery games and its nine video-lottery facilities dropped 2 percent last year compared to 2013, state records Wednesday showed.

2/5/2015

article OTB cuts jobs to stay in race
(New York) -- Just over a month after losing a bid to join forces with a proposed Rensselaer County casino, Capital OTB is moving to lay off a dozen workers.
article Our Views: Judi Bosworth’s OTB ‘victory’
(New York) -- Faced with overwhelming political opposition, the Nassau Regional Off-Track Betting Corp. has backed off its plan to build a mini-casino in the vacant...
article Land clearing for casino begins
(New York) -- It was a moment for which thousands have waited nearly a half-century. At 11:10 a.m. Wednesday, on a cloudy, Sullivan County-cold morning, a red Komatsu...

2/4/2015

article Gambling sales down 2% in New York state
(New York) -- New York's gambling sales in 2014 dropped for the first time in years, potentially signaling a saturated market just as three new upstate casinos are...
article OTB targets proposed Cosmos’ Elmont Stadium site for casino
(New York) -- Nassau Off-Track Betting Corp. folded on their proposed slot casino in Westbury, with local residents vehemently opposing the project.

2/3/2015

article Elmont Legislator Worries Nassau OTB Will Look To His Community To Open Casino
(New York) -- Now that the Nassau County Off-Track Betting has decided not to pursue opening a casino in Westbury, one Elmont, New York, legislator is worried it will...
article Legis. Solages to fight possible effort to locate casino at Belmont
(New York) -- A Nassau County lawmaker Tuesday said he would fight Nassau Off-Track Betting Corp. if it tried to locate a video slots parlor at Belmont Park in Elmont,...

2/2/2015

article State Gaming Commission establishes three workgroups
(New York) -- The state Gaming Commission has established three workgroups charged with drafting regulations aimed at governing New York’s commercial casinos.
article Emails Show Losing Casino Bidders Criticized Process
(New York) -- Two applicants who didn’t get New York casino licenses sent correspondence to members of the Gaming Facility Location Board implying its...

1/31/2015

article Nassau OTB drops plan for casino at Fortunoff site; decision called 'huge victory' for residents
(New York) -- The Nassau Regional Off-Track Betting Corp., facing mounting opposition from a growing chorus of local, county and state officials, has abandoned its...
article Casino may not fit anywhere in Nassau County
(New York) -- Maybe it’s not possible to site a slot parlor in Nassau County. Saturday morning the Nassau OTB announced that it is folding the cards on its plan to...
article Foes of gambling hall at former Fortunoff site are surprise winners
(New York) -- Nassau residents handily beat the odds on a proposed gambling hall at the former Fortunoff site. Until last week, Nassau Off-Track Betting Corp. officials...

1/30/2015

article Off-Track Betting, Long Island Residents Fight Over Proposed Video Gambling Parlor
(New York) -- More than a year ago, New York State approved video gambling in Nassau County, but residents now say it’s a gamble they don’t want to take.
article Opponents: Casino in Westbury could harm local business
(New York) -- Plans to bring video gambling to the former Fortunoff store in Westbury could undermine the revitalization of the village's Post Avenue shopping...

1/29/2015

article Gambling On Another Form Of Gambling
(New York) -- With the county's shot at getting a casino torpedoed, area resort owners are again talking about obtaining state permission to install video lottery...
article Lawsuit Planned In Effort To Stop Westbury, Long Island Gambling Hall
(New York) -- Three municipal governments and a number of residents said Thursday that they plan to ask a judge to issue a restraining order to try to stop a proposed...
article Nassau municipalities to file suit against Westbury casino plan at Fortunoff site
(New York) -- The towns of Hempstead and North Hempstead, along with the Village of Westbury and a civic association, are to file a lawsuit Friday to block a proposed...
article FL Gaming & Racetrack officials oppose Lago casino
(New York) -- Oversaturation. Cannibalization. Unfair competition. Uneven taxation. Threats to the state’s horse racing industry. Loss of jobs. Finger Lakes Gaming...

1/28/2015

article Suffolk OTB gambling parlor met with resistance
(New York) -- The proposed Suffolk OTB gambling parlor in Medford brought hundreds of residents to a public meeting Wednesday night. The facility would house 1,000 slot...

1/27/2015

article Inside Bets: What's the deal with Tioga-Traditions team?
(New York) -- So what's going on between Tioga Downs and Traditions? The two losing Southern Tier casino bidders – who clashed for a year, disagreeing...
article Support for zoning changes at Schenectady casino site
(New York) -- The Daily Gazette reports that a majority of people who attended a public hearing Monday on proposed zoning changes at the site of the future Mohawk Harbor...

1/26/2015

article Casino industry: deep relationships, potential conflicts
(New York) -- The selected casino bidders — Lago, Montreign and Rivers Casino — had prior business dealings with the firm that provided gambling-advisory...
article Angry Nassau residents want answers about proposed OTB
(New York) -- At the Nassau legislature’s first meeting of the year, on Monday, Jan. 26, 2015, some lawmakers proposed a bill that would remove current OTB board...
article Casino opponents pack Nassau legislative meeting
(New York) -- Opponents of a proposed Westbury gambling parlor intensified their protests Monday as they packed the Nassau County Legislature's first full meeting of...
article Nassau Legislature meets to discuss Westbury casino
(New York) -- Hundreds braved snowy conditions Monday for a Nassau County Legislature meeting on a proposed mini-casino in Westbury. Nassau Off-Track Betting has put...

1/25/2015

article Casino industry: deep relationships, potential conflicts
(New York) -- When a Chicago law firm ended its 11/2-year relationship with a partner in the Lago Resort & Casino project last March, it had another big client...
article Lago injunction sought: Motion goes before judges Monday
(New York) -- Ten opponents of the proposed Lago Resort & Casino are seeking to prevent construction of the $425 million casino until a decision is made on their...
article Editorial: A New Hope For the Southern Tier
(New York) -- As 2014 came to a close, the Southern Tier suffered two major blows to its economic prospects. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced a state-wide ban on hydraulic...
article Editorial: Bet on a crowd to oppose Westbury casino
(New York) -- You can bet the ranch that when the Nassau County Legislature meets on Monday, the place will be packed with community members who oppose a proposed mini-...
article Governor Cuomo delivers 'State of the State' address; agenda addresses gaming in New York
(New York) -- On Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015, New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo delivered his 'State of the State' address in Albany, N.Y. that included an...
article Letter: Rensselaer ready for next project
(New York) -- I recently confirmed the truth to the adage, "There are no sure bets," especially when it comes to siting a casino. While we knew a casino would...

1/24/2015

article Lawmakers press state to reject Finger Lakes casino
(New York) -- Some state lawmakers from western New York are urging the state Gaming Commission and Gaming Facility Place Board to reject a license to a casino in the...
article Letter asks Gaming Commission to deny license for Lago
(New York) -- Several western New York legislators want the state Gaming Commission to deny a commercial casino license for Lago Resort & Casino in Seneca County.
article Report: WNY lawmakers want Cuomo to pull plug on Wilmot's Lago Casino
(New York) -- A bi-partisan group of state lawmakers from Western New York want Gov. Andrew Cuomo to reject the recommended license for a new casino in Seneca County,...
article Steve Israel: Sullivan needs a spruce-up to keep casino visitors
(New York) -- Joe Orlando of Rock Tavern knows what it means to be turned off to a place because it’s a mess. Two years ago, he and a friend drove up to the old,...
article Relationship between pol and civic leader lost in gaming parlor protests
(New York) -- Lost in the protests Wednesday over plans for casino-styled gambling in the vacant Fortunoff store in south Westbury was the relationship between the host...

1/23/2015

article Letter asks Gaming Commission to deny license for Lago
(New York) -- Several western New York legislators sent a letter earlier this month asking the state Gaming Commission and Gaming Facility Location Board to deny a...
article VLT parlors may offer electronic blackjack, poker
(New York) -- New gambling parlors on Long Island could include not only video slot machines but electronic poker and blackjack, under a provision tucked into Gov....
article WNY lawmakers want Cuomo to reject casino in Seneca County
(New York) -- Western New York lawmakers are trying to persuade the Cuomo administration to reject a casino license application to build a casino in the Finger Lakes...
article Opposition to New Finger Lakes Casino Noted
(New York) -- Upstate New York racetrack-based casinos are stepping up efforts to stop a full-blown commercial casino from opening in the Finger Lakes region. Officials...

1/22/2015

article New York Governor Calls For Skill-Based Slots [sub req]
(New York) -- Following the lead of policymakers in Nevada and New Jersey, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has proposed authorizing skill-based video lottery games at the...
article OP/ED: A casino is viewed as a jackpot, but at whose expense?
(New York) -- Lady Luck flounced into the Capital Region and gave Schenectady a big, sloppy kiss on the lips in the form of a casino license. At least that's what...
article Nassau Democrats file bill to replace OTB board
(New York) -- Minority Democrats on the Nassau County Legislature filed an emergency resolution yesterday calling on majority Republicans to remove the three-member...
article Spa City officials prepared for VLT cuts, some still concerned
(New York) -- While city and county officials are concerned about a possible loss of revenue if video lottery terminal aid is cut, Saratoga Springs officials say they...

1/21/2015

article Opposition to Fortunoff casino 'critically important,' schools chief says
(New York) -- A packed house of more than 600 people filled a high school auditorium Wednesday night to respond to plans for casino-style gambling in the vacant...
article Cuomo includes aid for upstate but cuts out VLT money to Spa City
(New York) -- Gov. Andrew Cuomo proposed a $141.6 billion state budget Wednesday, calling for action on his trademark issues of more gambling, tougher educational...

1/20/2015

article North Country state Sen. Griffo opposes plan to build more downstate casinos
(New York) -- With the Gaming Facility Location Board recently deciding to re-open the bidding process for a fourth casino, Senator Joseph A. Griffo is asking the state...
article Glenville Wants A Part Of Casino Funds
(New York) -- Town Supervisor Chris Koetzle wants additional funding and resources to support the planned Rivers Casino and Resort in nearby Schenectady. Both the city...

1/19/2015

article Cuomo hopes for a ‘blockbuster’ Southern Tier casino
(New York) -- Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday he’s hopeful that new bids for a Southern Tier casino will produce “a blockbuster” project -- otherwise the...
article North Country state Sen. Griffo opposes plan to build more downstate casinos
(New York) -- With the Gaming Facility Location Board recently deciding to re-open the bidding process for a fourth casino, Senator Joseph A. Griffo is asking the state...
article Supervisor: Glenville should get casino cash
(New York) -- Schenectady county and city officials are thrilled at hitting the new casino jackpot, but Glenville Supervisor Chris Koetzle is fuming because his town isn...
article Inside Bets: Tioga Downs not looking for gaming partner
(New York) -- Tioga Downs continues to work on a revamped expansion proposal, but the addition of a gaming partner likely won't be included in its new plan. "...
article Casinos? Check. Horse Racing? At the Gate.
(New York) -- The state Legislature has already done the heavy lifting on gambling in recent years, paving the way for three—or, once again, perhaps four—...

1/18/2015

article Westbury Mayor Peter Cavallaro joins fight against casino
(New York) -- Westbury Mayor Peter Cavallaro, whose winter battles are usually limited to clearing snow from village streets, stands at ground zero in the fight to keep...
article Crowd opposes Fortunoff gambling proposal
(New York) -- Hundreds of Nassau residents filled the sidewalk for a quarter-mile in front of the old Fortunoff building in Westbury Saturday to rally against a proposal...
article Rally held against proposed Westbury mini-casino
(New York) -- A Nassau County community came together Saturday to fight a proposed mini-casino in Westbury. The currently eyed location is the site of the vacant...

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