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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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11/20/2014

article HARRIS: Casino coverage is just beginning
(New York) -- The Gaming Facility Location Board is nearing a decision, but my casino reporting won’t stop when the five-member volunteer body makes up its mind. I...
article Inside Bets: Lago awards $31M in construction contracts
(New York) -- Though it has yet to win a license, Lago Resort & Casino has awarded $31 million in contracts to three construction firms. Thomas Wilmot Sr., director...

11/19/2014

article New York gaming board close to decision on Upstate casino sites
(New York) -- A decision could come next month on sites for new casinos in Upstate New York. The New York Gaming Facility Location Board is meeting at 1 p.m. today in...

11/18/2014

article Casino decision coming – but not Friday
(New York) -- The state Gaming Facility Location Board said Tuesday that it's nearing a decision to issue up to four casino licenses in New York from among 16...

11/16/2014

article GUEST VIEW: Tyre casino would be detriment to Turning Stone
(New York) -- I recently completed a report commissioned by the Mohawk Valley Economic Development and Growth Enterprises Corporation (EDGE) that assesses the potential...
article Opinion: Seneca County officials to Albany: award license to Tyre casino
(New York) -- What's in it for us? It may seem a bit of a selfish question to ask but, hey, it's only natural. We in Upstate New York have been posing that very...

11/15/2014

article Tight market could cut into state's casino expansion
(New York) -- What a difference a year makes. After New York voters approved four upstate casinos last November, four Atlantic City casinos have closed, gambling profits...
article Could tight market push NY to go slow on casinos?
(New York) -- What a difference a year makes. After New York voters approved four upstate casinos last November, four Atlantic City casinos have closed, gambling profits...
article Could slow gambling market push NY to only open three upstate casinos?
(New York) -- New York voters authorized four new upstate casinos, but that doesn't mean the regulators reviewing proposals for the gambling facilities have to...
article Editorial: New York's upstate gamble
(New York) -- When New York grants its first licenses for casinos beyond Indian lands, perhaps as soon as Nov. 21, it will essentially reveal the true motivation for...

11/14/2014

article Lago ad about Tioga Downs proves false
(New York) -- A recent Lago ad, while incorrectly representing Tioga Downs’ projections, raises an interesting question of just how much the location board will...
article Opinion: True Southern Tier must get casino license
(New York) -- A new, full-service casino is desperately needed to bolster the region's economy in either Broome or Tioga counties. At least one license in the...

11/12/2014

article NYRA predicts millions in profits in next 3 years
(New York) -- New York Racing Association Chairman Christopher Kay said on Wednesday that racing operations will produce $1.5 million in surplus this year and even more...

11/11/2014

article Decision on NY casinos to wait until at least Nov. 21
(New York) -- The state's Gaming Facility Location Board held a lengthy meeting behind closed doors yesterday to continue to review the 16 applications for the four...

11/10/2014

article Mohegan Sun sweetens its bid for a casino in the Catskills
(New York) -- Mohegan Sun is offering to dedicate a percentage of all its revenues to a fund to promote tourism in the Catskills if it wins the right to build a casino...
article Casino decision at least 10 days away
(New York) -- The state won't choose a casino for the Hudson Valley/Catskills - or any other region - until at least Nov. 21. That's the date of the next meeting...
article New York panel 'on track' to award casino licenses this month
(New York) -- A state panel is "on track" to decide this month where to award casino gambling licenses in New York, a decision that will result in hundreds of...
article NY casino reviews will continue at least 11 more days
(New York) -- The New York Gaming Commission’s siting board concluded its Monday session after three hours of private discussions without any conclusions. Instead...
article Suffolk OTB closes on Medford property for a new casino
(New York) -- After a nearly year-long search, Suffolk Off-Track Betting Corp. has closed a $10.95 million deal to buy the 31 acre former Medford movie multi-plex for...
article Four Years After Its Demise, OTB Neons Pried from 101 Delancey
(New York) -- Off Track Betting – formed in 1971 – closed the last of its once-ubiquitous storefront gambling parlors in December of 2010. It had been a...

11/9/2014

article Report: Lago casino would generate $263M
(New York) -- The state posted unredacted economic studies online for the state’s casino bidders. `Since the casino-siting process began earlier this year, each...

11/7/2014

article How much revenue can local casinos generate?
(New York) -- Since the casino-siting process began earlier this year, each bidder has bombarded the public and state with projections, including investment figures,...
article Save East Greenbush says poll shows town voters oppose casino
(New York) -- An anti-casino group said its poll of town voters on Tuesday found more than 60 percent oppose construction of a gaming facility on Thompson Hill Road.
article Genting submits impact statement for casino
(New York) -- Genting Americas has completed its Draft Environmental Impact Statement for Sterling Forest Resort casino in three months and has submitted it to Tuxedo,...

11/6/2014

article Siting board will discuss casino proposals Monday
(New York) -- The Gaming Commission’s casino siting board plans to meet on Monday in New York City to privately discuss the 16 bids for casino licenses, according...

11/5/2014

article Seneca County IDA to consider taxpayer protection committee
(New York) -- A taxpayer protection committee “strongly suggested’’ by the Seneca County Board of Supervisors to review the Lago Resort & Casino...
article Inside Bets: Tioga Downs down slightly in October
(New York) -- Tioga Downs was down only slightly last month. The Nichols racino, which has 802 video lottery terminals, had a net win – the revenue remaining after...

11/3/2014

article Sullivan County presses for two casinos at the Concord
(New York) -- With the decision on where to put four upstate casinos probably just weeks ago, Sullivan County economic development officials are running an ad urging the...
article NYRA shelves plans for longer Spa meet
(New York) -- Key directors of the New York Racing Association last month seemed eager to expand the Saratoga race meet to 54 days but dropped the notion after some...

11/2/2014

article Most voters oppose Native American casino
(New York) -- Five months ago, the Seneca Nation of Indians said it would drop any immediate plans to develop a casino in Monroe County. But that didn't mean a local...

11/1/2014

article ISRAEL: Casino contenders stuck in election purgatory
(New York) -- When will the state finally choose one or two casinos for the Hudson Valley/Catskills? For months the spokesman for the state Gaming Commission has been...

10/31/2014

article Casino Commission: Decision Unlikely by End of the Day
(New York) -- It is the last day of October, but there is still no announced decision from the New York State Gaming Commission on just where any state-sanctioned...
article Hayssen urges casino board be ‘transparent’
(New York) -- Open and transparent. That’s what Seneca County Board of Supervisors chairman Bob Hayssen is requesting from the state’s Resort Gaming Facility...

10/30/2014

article Most voters oppose Native American casino
(New York) -- Five months ago, the Seneca Nation of Indians said it would drop any immediate plans to develop a casino in Monroe County. But that didn't mean a local...
article Anti-casino group sues East Greenbush zoning board
(New York) -- Continuing its litigation against a casino on the eastern gateway to the Capital Region, Save East Greenbush and some of its members sued the town’s...

10/29/2014

article Investor: State should OK casino at Howe Caverns
(New York) -- A gaming expert with a stake in the Vernon Downs racino said Tuesday he strongly supports issuing a license to a casino at the Howe Caverns resort, arguing...

10/28/2014

article Anti-casino group second in lobbying spending
(New York) -- In the first half of 2014, the No More Casinos Coalition was second only to New York State United Teachers in what it spent on lobbying.

10/27/2014

article Casino competitors shine spotlight on bad economies
(New York) -- Developers competing to build a casino near Binghamton claim the city has been listed among the most depressed, obese, pessimistic and fastest-shrinking in...
article Milpitas voters weigh fate of card room
(California) -- Voters in Milpitas on Nov. 4 will decide whether to allow a large card room within the city that some officials argue would provide tax money for badly...

10/26/2014

article Casinos Put Up Hands for Sites Near Colleges
(New York) -- Casino gambling may soon be added to the list of campus vices in New York, drawing anticipation from college students and concern from legislators and...

10/25/2014

article Local economies a factor as NY mulls casino sites
(New York) -- Developers competing to build a casino near Binghamton claim the city has been listed among the most depressed, obese, pessimistic and fastest-shrinking in...

10/24/2014

article A look at the state's casino bidders
(New York) -- Our region, the Eastern Southern Tier, is home to just three of the state's 16 casino proposals. So who is looking to build a casino in the other two...

10/22/2014

article Proposed Howe Caverns casino operator is for sale
(New York) -- Full House Resorts, which wants to operate two casinos in New York, announced it is up for sale on Wednesday. The publicly traded company, facing a hostile...
article Railroad baron's heirs fight New York casino plans
(New York) -- A New York panel that will select as many as four sites for upstate casinos must weigh threats of lawsuits, claims of environmental hazards and even...
article Rolling the dice: What can NY learn from Atlantic City?
(New York) -- Atlantic City began as a small town on the Jersey shore. Then, it became a gambling mecca. Today, it's still bustling, but it's battling a serious...
article Metroplex OKs casino site environmental finding
(New York) -- The proposed Mohawk Harbor casino and resort project passed an environmental hurdle Wednesday. The Schenectady County Metroplex Development Authority...
article Mohawk Harbor casino plan faces critical vote in Schenectady
(New York) -- The Schenectady Metroplex Development Authority tonight will take a critical vote about Mohawk Harbor, a $450 million development that includes a hotel,...

10/21/2014

article MGM Pushes Online Poker Bill in NY
(New York) -- MGM Resorts International does not own a casino in New York. It is not among the bidders vying for the first four commercial casino licenses in the state....
article Casino hopefuls work out labor deal
(New York) -- The developers of a proposed casino in Johnson City on Tuesday became the last of 16 bidders for a gaming license to secure a labor peace agreement, union...
article Traditions casino project arrives at labor peace deal
(New York) -- The New York Hotel & Motel Trades Council and the Traditions Resort & Casino developers reached a labor peace agreement on Tuesday that makes the...
article Casino foe challenges appointee for Tuxedo board seat
(New York) -- Kristy Apostolides, known for her opposition to the proposed Genting Americas casino, is challenging Town Board member and project supporter David McMillen...
article Is betting against Donald Trump on NY casinos a smart idea?
(New York) -- Once again the persistent question of profitability of casino's in New York State has been raised. This time by Donald Trump, on October 20, 2014, as...

10/20/2014

article Donald Trump, whose Atlantic City joints were a bust, says upstate New York casinos will 'go down the tubes'
(New York) -- Donald Trump, whose Atlantic City joints were a bust, says upstate New York casinos will 'go down the tubes'
article Donald Trump, whose Atlantic City joints were a bust, says upstate New York casinos will 'go down the tubes'
(New York) -- The Donald predicted the state will take a loss in the not-too-distant future because the market in the Northeast is saturated. Trump says he no longer has...
article VIDEO: Casinos compete to expand in Upstate N.Y.
(New York) -- Competing casino companies are waiting to hear which ones will get to open new gambling centers in Upstate New York.
article Resorts’ Aqueduct racino big, wants 2 casino sites
(New York) -- Tucked in an isolated corner of Queens, next to the thoroughbreds of Aqueduct and under the seemingly constant roar of jets from nearby Kennedy Airport,...
article Their goal: No casino in town
(New York) -- The town's handling of a resolution to back a local casino project brought good-government and anti-casino activists together to form Save East...

10/19/2014

article Barry Lewis: Casinos go all in, but fail to disclose the fine print
(New York) -- Back when Sullivan County thought they were the only folks in the area fighting for a casino, the business leaders would hold casino conferences.
article Steve Israel: Casinos - the dirt on those who dish
(New York) -- “Can we go off the record?” That usually means one thing when it comes to the heated quest for up to two Catskills/Hudson Valley casinos. One...
article LETTER: A Disputed Casino Plan for a New York Forest
(New York) -- To the Editor: While you raise legitimate issues in your Oct. 8 editorial “Don’t Gamble Away Sterling Forest,” you are reaching...
article NYC 'racino' operator set sights on upstate
(New York) -- Tucked in an isolated corner of Queens, next to the thoroughbreds of Aqueduct and under the seemingly constant roar of jets from nearby Kennedy Airport,...

10/17/2014

article New York Seeks Online Gambling Legislation
(New York) -- The USA is made up of individual jurisdictions that each have their own agenda, history and rules and issues. Gambling is permitted in some states and not...

10/16/2014

article Cahill doesn’t like casinos
(New York) -- Republican Attorney General candidate John Cahill is no fan of casinos in New York, saying he voted against the constitutional amendment last year that...
article East Greenbush casino applicant opens office
(New York) -- One upstate casino contender has opened an office, putting serious faith in the future of its plans. Capital View Casino & Resort, the proposed East...

10/14/2014

article Poll: Should New York legalize online gambling?
(New York) -- With New Jersey residents already enjoying games of chance on their laptops and mobile devices, there's a move afoot to make online gambling legal in...
article Vegas casino interests push for legalized online gambling in New York
(New York) -- A group called Let NY Play has been agitating for New York state residents to be allowed to play online poker, legally.
article Casino plan gets zoning go-ahead
(New York) -- The town Zoning Board of Appeals voted 4-1 Tuesday night that the proposed Thompson Hill Road casino is allowed under the town zoning code.
article Churchill: Weighing the odds as casino anticipation grows
(New York) -- You can't sleep at night. You check Twitter every few minutes. The butterflies of anticipation flutter in your stomach. You, like thousands of others,...
article Environmental groups fighting Sterling Forest casino
(New York) -- Environmental groups are protesting the construction of a casino and resort within Sterling Forest because of its potentially harmful effects on the Ramapo...
article Proposed casino site gets rezoned by East Greenbush board
(New York) -- The area being considered as the proposed casino site was approved for rezoning by the East Greenbush’s zoning board

10/13/2014

article Churchill: Weighing the odds as casino anticipation grows
(New York) -- You can't sleep at night. You check Twitter every few minutes. The butterflies of anticipation flutter in your stomach. You, like thousands of others,...
article Genting plays the baccarat card
(New York) -- To the list of unique assets the Malaysian gambling giant Genting is touting as it bids to run a casino in New York, add the following: the loyalty of...
article Inside Bets: Gural chimes in on I-90 Casino Corridor
(New York) -- The owner of Tioga Downs and Vernon Downs Casino & Hotel isn't impressed by the proposed creation of an I-90 Casino Corridor Association, an idea...
article Union tries to have Traditions project bounced from casino hunt
(New York) -- Peter Ward, head of the Hotel Trades Council union, wrote a letter last week to the state Gaming Commission’s casino siting board declaring the...
article No labor peace deal, no casino
(New York) -- The president of a major hospitality union has told the state Gaming Commission that a casino project proposed for the Southern Tier should be bounced from...

10/12/2014

article It’s decision time for casino board
(New York) -- Back in March, there are those who thought that when the state Senate confirmed Mark Gearan as chairman of New York’s Gaming Commission, a new casino...
article Sharpton friend and gambling company owe $72M in taxes: authorities
(New York) -- An associate of the Rev. Al Sharpton who is trying to open a glitzy upstate casino is an accused tax deadbeat — joining another pal of the preacher...

10/11/2014

article In Upstate New York, Fight Pits Gambling Empire vs. a Baron’s Heirs
(New York) -- There was a time when E. H. Harriman, the railroad baron of the Gilded Age, could stand on the steps of his blue granite mansion on a ridge line in the...
article Casino letter splits SLIC
(New York) -- The director of a landlords group is fighting a call from the head of the group's executive committee for her to resign for signing a letter related to...

10/10/2014

article Westchester Business Leaders, Lawmakers Oppose Casinos For Orange
(New York) -- Business leaders and several lawmakers in Westchester County say they oppose any casino for Orange County. They say a casino there would hurt racino...
article WRITE ON: Common Core and casinos
(New York) -- While the nation’s school boards, administrators and teachers debate the relative value of the controversial Common Core education requirements, I...

10/9/2014

article Environmental groups oppose casinos in Tuxedo and Woodbury
(New York) -- Orange Environment, the influential Orange County-based environmental group which has remained largely silent on proposed casinos in the county, has...
article My view: Clear facts support Orange County case for casino
(New York) -- It is plainly evident that the current casino siting process in the Hudson Valley has ignited passions from businesses and political interests in the...
article State reps. explain how casinos landed in Orange County
(New York) -- It's a mystery few can explain. Even the state legislators who were there when it happened give mixed recollections of how Orange County become the...
article Westchester officials decry Orange County casino plans
(New York) -- Nobody puts Yonkers in a corner. That’s the message local legislators and business advocates delivered at a press conference at the Empire City...

10/8/2014

article Poll: majority of Tyre residents oppose Wilmot casino
(New York) -- According to a public opinion survey recently released by grassroots organization Casino Free Tyre, a majority of residents of Tyre in Seneca County said...

10/7/2014

article Appalachian Trail group opposes plans for Tuxedo casino
(New York) -- The Appalachian National Scenic Trail, part of the National Park Service, has joined several environmental groups in asking the state Gaming Commission not...
article New York casinos are better for Orange County than Catskills claims union leaders
(New York) -- In a letter to state gaming officials, state AFL-CIO President Mario Cilento and Hotel Trades Council President Peter Ward declare that locating a casino...
article Guest Viewpoint: Avoid 'Pottersville'; reject casino
(New York) -- A casino at the Glen in the Town of Union will take us into a ditch. In his classic "It's A Wonderful Life," director Frank Capra shows the...
article OP/ED: Don’t Gamble Away Sterling Forest
(New York) -- In 1996, a coalition of environmentalists, state and federal politicians and private donors cobbled together a deal that saved more than 20,000 acres of...
article Inside Bets: Tioga Downs continues to struggle in 2014
(New York) -- Tioga Downs has struggled this year, and September didn't bring any relief. The Nichols racino, which has 802 video lottery terminals, had a net win...
article Market growing for young thoroughbred horses in New York
(New York) -- Three years after Fasig-Tipton brought fall thoroughbred sales back to Saratoga Springs, New York, the auction company is seeing a growing demand for the...

10/6/2014

article The Amish In New York Oppose A Nevada Staple: Casinos
(New York) -- The Amish in upstate New York are upset about something that recession-ravaged Nevadans would probably welcome with open arms.

10/5/2014

article Official: Diversification key for casinos
(New York) -- The key to casino hotel success boils down to a single word: diversification. That's what about 250 business and municipal representatives were told...
article Sullivan County legislator: 2 casinos would be good bet
(New York) -- Sullivan County Legislator Ira Steingart says he likes his county’s odds in the competition for the four casino licenses the state gaming commission...
article A guide to the Tier's casino race
(New York) -- The race for casino licenses appears to be nearing the finish line. Robert Williams, executive director of the New York State Gaming Commission, said...
article Casino Free Tyre critical of tax break effort
(New York) -- Casino Free Tyre is criticizing Wilmorite’s decision to seek financial incentives from the Seneca County Industrial Development Agency.
article Upstate New York Casino Plan Divides Amish and Neighbors
(New York) -- Ever since they settled in this tiny farm town along the New York State Thruway more than a decade ago, the Amish have been a benign, generally welcome...
article Minority-group lawmakers push state officials to award license to gaming operator with Al Sharpton ties
(New York) -- Some of New York’s most powerful minority-group lawmakers are pushing state gaming officials to award a casino license to an Alabama-based gaming...
article Ken Hall: Gaming industry must get serious about problem gambling
(New York) -- The people who are hoping that a casino will revive the Nevele in Ellenville deserve credit for bringing someone unexpected before the board that will...
article Steve Israel: Will casinos be a savior? A plague? Don't bet on it
(New York) -- Up in Sullivan County and around Ellenville in Ulster, folks act like a casino — or two - will be their savior. Down in southern Orange, around...
article Does MLS mean the end of horse racing?
(New York) -- Several sources have confirmed that demolition of Aqueduct Race Track for a new soccer stadium is not off the table. It was announced last month that Major...

10/4/2014

article New York's plan to open four casinos will increase revenue to gambling addiction programs
(New York) -- New York state government makes more off of gambling than Nevada, New Jersey or any other state. But it spends far less than its peers to fight gambling...

10/3/2014

article NY casino board could name sites this month
(New York) -- The committee that will dole out New York’s first non-Indian casino licenses hopes to announce the chosen sites by the end of this month but might...
article State reps. explain how casinos landed in Orange County
(New York) -- It's a mystery few can explain. Even the state legislators who were there when it happened give mixed recollections of how Orange County become the...
article Traditions Resort Passes A Major Milestone in Bid For Casino License
(New York) -- The family fighting to turn traditions resort into a full-fledged casino says their team has passed a major milestone. On Wednesday, the Town of Union...
article A Racino, A Resort, and Mall Developer Vie for One Casino License
(New York) -- A hearing at the Hotel Ithaca on September 24 brought concerned citizens from the Pennsylvania border to Lake Ontario to Ithaca to voice their opinions on...
article View: Don't let Genting buy new casino rules
(New York) -- The mayor of Yonkers says a casino in Orange County would cannibalize a large part of the existing casino gambling market rather than expand it. The losers...

10/2/2014

article Casino developer proposes major sports complex
(New York) -- The Grand Hudson Resort and Casino, which has proposed building a facility in New Windsor near Stewart Airport, Thursday unveiled plans to build a $13...
article One Sullivan official betting on two casinos for his county
(New York) -- Sullivan is competing with neighboring Orange and Ulster, among several other counties, for four casino licenses to be awarded this fall, by the state...

9/30/2014

article New Yorkers fear casino competition
(New York) -- As more and more states join the ever-growing casino world, those gaming companies that have been operating in a more-or-less competition-free environment...
article Repair work begins at Canfield
(New York) -- Work has begun on emergency structural repairs in the ballroom of Canfield Casino after an engineering firm discovered loose plaster during a routine risk...
article Meeting to focus on gambling addiction in New York as state expands number of casinos
(New York) -- Gambling regulators and mental health professionals are gathering for a meeting to examine gambling addiction in New York. The New York Council on Problem...
article Meeting to focus on gambling addiction in NY
(New York) -- Gambling regulators and mental health professionals are gathering for a meeting to examine gambling addiction in New York.

9/29/2014

article New York operations want piece of casino expansion
(New York) -- A handful of existing gambling operations in New York are bidding for new upstate casinos amid fears of a crowding market. New York officials could soon...
article Obama OKs Bill Helping Casino Dodge Supreme Court Ruling
(New York) -- President Barack Obama on Friday signed a bill to reauthorize a questioned land-into-trust deal for an embattled tribal casino, which will help put to bed...
article Lago says casino would benefit community
(New York) -- The developers of the proposed Lago Resort Casino in Tyre said they're confident that their proposal is the top choice in what is often called the...

9/27/2014

article Gaming operations want piece of casino expansion
(New York) -- A handful of existing gambling operations in New York are bidding for new upstate casinos amid fears of a crowding market. New York officials could soon...
article Over 400 people testify at casino hearings
(New York) -- A total of 405 people provided comment during the three day-long public sessions this week concerning the selection of sites for four gaming casino-resorts...
article Will new NY casinos flood market?
(New York) -- A handful of existing gambling operations in New York are bidding for new upstate casinos amid fears of a crowding market. New York officials could soon...

9/26/2014

article Casino siting board: We saw "democracy in action"
(New York) -- The state Gaming Facility Location Board said today that it heard from 405 individuals during three day-long public hearings this week on the 16 proposals...
article Empire City: We'll cut jobs if a casino comes to Orange County
(New York) -- As the state Gaming Facility Location Board expects next month to pick up to four casino proposals for licenses, Empire City Casino in Yonkers is warning...
article Scoping session planned for Resorts World's Montgomery casino project
(New York) -- The town Planning Board has scheduled a special meeting for 7:30 p.m. Oct. 6 in the second-floor meeting room at Town Hall, 110 Bracken Road.
article Could casino decision sink Vernon Downs?
(New York) -- The fate of Vernon Downs could be tied to the state’s decision on where to locate the new casinos the state is allowing within its borders.

9/25/2014

article Hall: Casino sweepstakes filled with uncertainty
(New York) -- Reporter Hema Easley gave you the news from an editorial board conversation with Rob Williams, acting executive director of the state Gaming Commission,...
article Role to vet casino players
(New York) -- John Cahill, Republican Party attorney general candidate, said Wednesday that if elected he would use the department's organized crime task force to...
article Tioga Downs Has "Inside Track" for Casino License
(New York) -- A hearing at the Hotel Ithaca on September 24 gave supporters and detractors an opportunity to voice their support or opposition to the planned granting of...
article Vernon Downs minority owner raises concerns on proposed casino in Tyre
(New York) -- A minority owner of Vernon Downs is raising a red flag about the possibility of the state approving a casino west of Syracuse.

9/24/2014

article Hard Rock better bet for a casino
(New York) -- Early on in the New York state casino proposal process, I was approached by a marketing team hired by the Capital View East Greenbush project looking to...
article More than 100 people spoke during Ithaca casino hearing
(New York) -- More than 100 people spoke in front of the Gaming Facility Location Board during an all-day public hearing in Ithaca on Wednesday, giving the board plenty...
article NY holds 3rd day of public hearings on Upstate casino bids
(New York) -- Residents of New York's Finger Lakes and Southern Tier are weighing in on three competing casinos proposed for the area.
article Casino panel holding public hearing on Catskills casino
(New York) -- The state panel reviewing proposals for casinos in upstate New York is holding a public hearing focusing on the nine proposals for the Catskills and mid-...
article Local officials, area residents tell state gaming commission their casino preferences
(New York) -- The New York State Casino Gaming Committee heard day two of three days of public comment on Tuesday while in Poughkeepsie. On Monday they were in Albany...
article State casino board gets an earful in Poughkeepsie
(New York) -- The state's three-city tour to gather public opinion about where new casinos should be built heads to Ithaca today, Wednesday, one day after capacity...
article Tuxedo casino wouldn't hurt Empire City, exec says
(New York) -- Genting said Wednesday the casino it is proposing in Tuxedo wouldn't hurt Empire City Casino, but the Yonkers racino said Sterling Forest Resort would...
article Tuxedo casino: Tourism boon or environmental threat?
(New York) -- Would Sterling Forest Resort casino, just 41 miles from New York City, be a tourism magnet? Could the plan, amid forest and near key water sources, be an...

9/23/2014

article More opposition to Genting casino, now from New Jersey
(New York) -- The New Jersey State Senate on Monday called for New York to reject an ambitious proposal to build a massive casino in the Sterling Forest, saying the $1.5...
article Casino hearing: Crowd puts its chips on the line
(New York) -- With perhaps a month left before a decision is to be made on which New York projects will be granted casino licenses, hundreds of people came to...
article Casino question: Are you being paid to speak?
(New York) -- Paul Francis, one of the five members of the casino siting board, started the public hearing on casino projects Tuesday in Poughkeepsie by requesting that...
article Froma Harrop: Casino lust persists, but the argument has changed
(New York) -- The video for the Bruce Springsteen song "Atlantic City" opens with a scene of the grand Marlborough-Blenheim Hotel imploding into a pile of dust...
article Local officials, area residents tell state gaming commission their casino preferences
(New York) -- The New York State Casino Gaming Committee heard day two of three days of public comment on Tuesday while in Poughkeepsie. On Monday they were in Albany...
article Residents Battle for Casinos / Rivalry on Full Display, Complete With T-Shirts
(New York) -- The casino rivalry between the Catskills and Orange County was on full display Tuesday at a public hearing here that often took the tone of a campaign...
article Do you want to comment on Tier’s casino projects?
(New York) -- The public will get its one — and only — chance to speak in front of the Gaming Facility Location Board about the region’s three casino proposals during an...

9/22/2014

article N.J. Senate asks New York to reject Sterling Forest casino bid
(New Jersey) -- The state Senate on Monday unanimously passed a resolution urging the state of New York to reject the $1.5 billion Sterling Forest casino bid when...
article Bonacic: Distressed areas deserve casino licenses
(New York) -- As the three days of casino hearings kick off Monday, Senate Racing and Wagering Chairman John Bonacic sent a letter to the state gaming commission to...
article Hundreds speak out on New York casino plans
(New York) -- Supporters and critics of proposals for an Albany-area casino weighed in Monday at the first of three days of public hearings on casinos planned for...
article Showdown on casinos / State board deluged with comments from proponents, opponents
(New York) -- Two pictures vividly emerged before the state Gaming Commission's casino siting board on Monday, one of a rural community crying for a big gambling...
article Casino commenters, step up to the mic
(New York) -- Good morning! And put your sandals on: There are still a handful of hours left to summer 2014. Fall begins, meteorologically speaking, with tonight’s...
article Casino hearing update: Rush Street workers get to testify
(New York) -- Early trends on the first casino hearing of the three conducted by the Gaming Commission’s gaming facility location siting board:
article Public has their say on Capital Region casinos
(New York) -- The slated 12-hour period of public comment for the four proposed casinos in the Capital Region brought out those for and against the plans in East...
article BLOG: Genting consultant hiring t-shirt people
(New York) -- H/T to Dana Rubenstein at Capital New York for this one: A consultant for Genting/Resorts World, has offered what they call recruiters $75 for each person...
article Genting consultant offers $75 for local supporters
(New York) -- A Genting consultant has offered to pay recruiters $75 for each local resident they can turn out to tomorrow's Gaming Facility Location Board's...
article Tioga Downs already invested in future with new parking garage
(New York) -- Tioga Downs put in place the last steel beam of its new parking garage on Friday, showing how the casino in Nichols has already invested in its future,...
article Vernon Downs awaits decision on upstate New York casinos
(New York) -- Three days of public hearings regarding casinos in upstate New York began, Monday. Representatives from Vernon Downs are throwing their support in the...

9/21/2014

article Public to get their say on casino projects
(New York) -- State law allows a siting board to select up to four casinos proposals for licenses in New York. And the "up to" part will be closely watched as...
article Steve Israel: Encouraging words for the Catskills about casinos
(New York) -- They pumped their fists, cheered and called it "the biggest day in Sullivan County history." This was November, when voters across the state...
article Editorial: Time for casino foes to make the best case
(New York) -- Last week the people who will grant casino licenses in New York visited Lake Wobegone. All the applicants were strong, good looking and above average, in...
article Rensselaer Mayor Dan Dwyer thinks he can win casino
(New York) -- Mayor Dan Dwyer was preparing to announce on May 28 that a casino operator wanted to operate in his Hudson River city when the operator called to say he...
article Suffolk Closeup: The house doesn’t always win
(New York) -- The closing of four and likely five of the dozen casino hotels in Atlantic City should cause public officials in Suffolk County and New York State to wake...

9/20/2014

article Proposed Casino Projects glance
(New York) -- Caesers New York: An $800 million casino proposed by Caesars Entertainment, located on 115 acres in the Orange County town of Woodbury, roughly 50 miles...
article Nevele supporters to get chance to appeal for coveted casino license
(New York) -- Ellenville Mayor Jeff Kaplan remembers a time when the community was bustling with activity, much the result of the tourists who would stream into the now-...
article Coming up: Sterling Forest Resort casino plan
(New York) -- New York voters approved a referendum last November that allows non-Indian casinos in New York state. A commission will determine which proposal can claim...

9/19/2014

article Save East Greenbush announces its Monday testimony at casino hearing
(New York) -- The anti-casino forces in East Greenbush have announced their plans to testify before the state’s Gaming Facility Location Board Monday at the...
article Is New York equipped to deal with problem gambling?
(New York) -- Gaming experts have suggested that New York state is unprepared for potential increases in the rates of problem gambling resulting from proposed casinos.

9/18/2014

article Casino opponents sound off at public hearing
(New York) -- It will ultimately be up to the state whether Traditions at the Glen will go from resort and spa to full-fledged Las Vegas style casino, or whether two...
article Catskill casino applicant hosting forums
(New York) -- Officials representing Mohegan Sun at the Concord are holding events tonight and tomorrow night for area residents to learn about what they call their buy...
article Contentious casino hearings likely
(New York) -- Opponents of casinos in some communities have their sticks ready and look forward to treating developers like pinatas next week.
article Wilmorite wins court challenge from anti-casino group
(New York) -- As several activists statewide hope to get courts to block casino development because of alleged inadequate, hasty or incomplete environmental reviews of...
article The Buzz: Would Traditions casino cause traffic jams?
(New York) -- Many people who spoke during a public hearing on Traditions Resort & Casino’s preliminary development plan Wednesday were worried about traffic...
article Union Board Tables Traditions Casino Vote
(New York) -- Town of Union board members postponed a vote that would allow Traditions Resort and Casino developers to move ahead with their project.
article Proposed casino loses bid to build Thruway exit.
(New York) -- A $1.5 billion casino resort complex planned for Sterling Forest in Orange County near the New Jersey border suffered a setback after a bistate agency...
article Developer: Park commission objection won't stop casino
(New York) -- The developer of a proposed $1.5 billion casino not far from Rockland County said a bi-state commission's decision to deny access to a small section of...

9/17/2014

article Casino opponents sound off at public hearing
(New York) -- It will ultimately be up to the state whether Traditions at the Glen will go from resort and spa to full-fledged Las Vegas style casino, or whether two...
article Siting board will get an earful at casino hearings
(New York) -- According to multiple sources, several speakers at the casino hearings next week, starting Monday in Colonie, will be blasting some of the developers. A...
article Genting Americas denied road access
(New York) -- The Palisades Interstate Park Commission has voted to deny Genting Americas access to a small section of a road it controls, complicating the developer...
article Amsterdam city leaders throw support behind Schenectady casino
(New York) -- City leaders in Amsterdam, New York, who saw their hopes for a resort casino get dashed by a state gambling oversight board, are backing a $350 million...

9/16/2014

article New York Catskills/Hudson Valley casino bid II: Woodbury/Caesars
(New York) -- Each of the 17 bidders for four New York state casino licenses recently made their pitches to the New York Gaming Facility Location Board. Let’s...
article Report: NYCFC eying Aqueduct as Bronx deal falls through
(New York) -- With New York City FC’s potential stadium locations bouncing like a roulette wheel, it seems only fitting that they start to size up the Aqueduct...
article Eastview, proposed casino holding job fair
(New York) -- Several retailers at Eastview Mall — and the proposed casino for Tyre, Seneca County — will be a part of a job fair Saturday at the Victor...

9/15/2014

article Critical Questions Remain For New York Casino Board [sub req]
(New York) -- New York’s Gaming Facility Location Board asked a range of questions of the state’s casino bidders at two hearings last week, but regulators...
article Editorial: Casino location board can’t have it both ways
(New York) -- When the state Gaming Facility Location Board decides which applicants will get licenses to operate casinos, it needs to explain how it reached the...
article OP/ED: The casino crackup: New York’s betting on this for jobs?
(New York) -- If you had a billion bucks, would you buy Barnes & Noble? Doubtful. Not with the Internet demolishing big-box bookstores brick by crumbling brick...
article Casino opponent files notice over incident
(New York) -- Lynn Barbuto and her attorney have filed a notice of claim against the town of Tyre and the Magee Fire Department.

9/14/2014

article NEW YORK TIMES: Gambling on the Games
(New York) -- The gambling industry in New Jersey is in deep trouble. Five of Atlantic City’s major casinos are closing or threatening to close before the end of...
article OP/ED: Keep the casino promise
(New York) -- Our opinion: A casino developer’s nearly half-billion offer in Orange County flies in the face of state promises to put gambling halls in struggling...
article The casino choice: Go for best bets or bolster sagging economies
(New York) -- Here's the dilemma the state faces when it chooses up to two casinos for the Hudson Valley/Catskills: Should it chase the cash or try and save the...
article In Pursuit of Casinos, It’s Worst Foot Forward
(New York) -- Broad grassy lots are all that remain of most of the shipyards and factories that once gave this city on the Hudson River its muscle and identity.
article N.Y. officials face tough choice in awarding upstate casino licenses
(New York) -- The debate is most prominent in the Catskills and Hudson Valley area, where Catskills backers see casinos as a much-needed boost to the struggling economy...

9/13/2014

article State gambling board’s ‘biggest challenge’ on casinos
(New York) -- State officials face a major challenge in deciding whether to allow casinos in economically struggling parts of the Catskills or in relatively affluent...
article Lawmakers knock plans for Orange County casino
(New York) -- The heads of the state Legislature's racing and wagering committees yesterday warned about the impact of a potential casino in Orange County, saying...

9/11/2014

article Few concerns raised at Schenectady casino public hearing
(New York) -- Increased traffic and community connectivity through bike and pedestrian paths were top concerns at the public hearing for the Mohawk Harbor casino project...

9/10/2014

article Casino workers union raps gaming firm
(New York) -- A large casino workers union has written to the state Gaming Commission complaining about Rush Street Gaming, the company trying to obtain licenses to run...
article In New York, casino bidders answer for Atlantic City
(New York) -- For two days, dark-suited casino industry executives gathered in a conference room in the subterranean concourse at the state Capitol, pitching their plans...
article Seeking economic renewal, Newburgh, N.Y., rolls the dice on gambling
(New York) -- “This city has been up. It’s been down. It’s had lots of cycles in it, and I think the energy building in Newburgh right now is for it to...
article Hudson Valley Casino Presentations Prove to Be Quite a Task
(New York) -- It didn't matter how you split them: with nine casino proposals in the Hudson Valley, presenting all of them Tuesday was quite a task.

9/9/2014

article Casino bidders’ political contributions down in 2014
(New York) -- The Eastern Southern Tier’s three casino bidders are placing big bets on the merits of their proposals. But two of the three are spending much less...
article Rival Casino Operators Make Pitches to State Board
(New York) -- The casino rivalry between the Catskills and Orange County was on full display here Tuesday as dueling companies used videos and slideshows to pitch...
article The Buzz: Gural blunt on casino impact
(New York) -- After his presentation Monday in Albany, Tioga Downs owner Jeff Gural said this about casinos: “These things don’t revitalize; They create jobs...
article Genting says it would pay $380 million premium for a license in southern Orange County
(New York) -- Genting would pay an upfront $450 million fee for the Gaming Facility License, it said Tuesday, a whopping $380 million more than the $70 million minimum...
article Genting touts air fleet in hearings before New York Gambling Commission
(New York) -- Malaysian gaming giant Genting is not only putting its financial muscle behind its plans to open casinos in New York but also its air power.

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