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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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8/28/2016

article Tioga Downs to hear on casino license
(New York) -- Tioga Downs Casino & Entertainment may be awarded a state gaming facility license Tuesday. The license award is on the agenda for the 2:30 p.m. meeting...
article Going underground at the Rivers Casino and Resort
(New York) -- Work at the Mohawk Harbor site is visibly moving forward, but there’s a whole other development happening at the same time underground.

8/27/2016

article New York gaming and entertainment complex hosts job fair in Atlantic City
(New York) -- As expansion efforts continue at Tioga Downs, the entertainment complex is seeking experienced casino personnel to join to its growing team.

8/25/2016

article Casino in NY's Southern Tier could receive license soon
(New York) -- A racetrack and slot parlor in New York's Southern Tier may soon have a state license allowing it to expand into a Las Vegas-style casino. A decision...

8/23/2016

article Del Lago Casino ramping up to fill 1,800 jobs
(New York) -- Construction on the new Del Lago Resort and Casino in Seneca County is on-time and on budget. The project is nearly 70 percent complete, and casino...
article Another horse dies at Saratoga Race Course, bringing total to 10
(New York) -- Another horse died at Saratoga Race Course on Saturday, bringing the total number of thoroughbreds dying at the track this year to 10. Prince Corredor, a...

8/22/2016

article Judge Dismisses Suit Against Del Lago Casino Tax Breaks
(New York) -- A state Supreme Court justice has dismissed the most recent lawsuit against opponents of the Del Lago Resort and Casino in Tyre, Seneca County. The suit...
article Finger Lakes casino hosts job fair Wednesday
(New York) -- As new casinos are being built in upstate New York, one of them is hosting informational sessions this week for potential employees. The Del Lago Resort...

8/20/2016

article Casino being built in Finger Lakes looking for dealers
(New York) -- As new casinos are being built in upstate New York, one of them is hosting informational sessions this week for potential employees.

8/19/2016

article Coming New York casino resort begins hiring
(New York) -- Ahead of its planned opening early next year, The Rivers Casino And Resort At Mohawk Harbor in Schenectady has announced that applications are now being...

8/18/2016

article Officials: Proposed Islandia casino could cut property taxes in half
(New York) -- Officials say a proposed casino in Islandia could mean a jackpot for homeowners, cutting property taxes in half. As News 12 previously reported, the...
article A glimpse into the workings of the casino
(New York) -- The Rivers Casino & Resort in Schenectady announced Thursday that it's now accepting applications for all the positions at the new casino set to...
article Schenectady casino now hiring for 1,200 positions
(New York) -- The Rivers Casino & Resort in Schenectady, New York, has begun accepting applications for all of its approximately 1,200 job openings.

8/17/2016

article Construction of new Schenectady casino on schedule to open early next year, hiring and training hundreds of employees
(New York) -- The $330 million private investment project, undertaken by Rush Street Gaming, to build a hotel and casino along the Mohawk River in Schenectady is well...
article Islandia Village Board Approves Video Casino To Be Built Inside Hotel
(New York) -- The village board in Islandia called a last-minute meeting Friday morning where it approved a new video casino to be built inside a Marriott Hotel. The...

8/16/2016

article An Inside Look At Rivers Casino During Construction
(New York) -- It's the first look inside of what will soon be the finished 50,000-square foot gaming floor at the Rivers Casino and Resort Schenectady. "The...
article Gallery: A look inside Sch’dy’s $330M Rivers Casino
(New York) -- Joe Scibetta and Mary Cheeks with Rush Street Gaming of Chicago prepare to take questions from media after tour of Rivers Casino in Schenectady
article NYRA Defends Financial Report at Meeting
(New York) -- The head of the New York Racing Association tangled with a state financial oversight board member Aug. 16 in a seemingly annual dispute over how the racing...
article This school tries to stay one step ahead of New York's gambling resurgence
(New York) -- As new gambling casinos prepare to open in New York state over the next two years, entrepreneur Wendy Rubin had an epiphany. These casinos are going to...

8/15/2016

article Horses, jockeys feel the heat at Saratoga
(New York) -- Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez grabbed a cup of water, took a sip and poured the rest over his head after winning the fifth race at Saratoga on a 4-...
article Saratoga named an 'up-and-coming' destination to visit
(New York) -- Good news for the Saratoga Springs Tourism Board: CheapTickets.com just ranked Saratoga one of 30 up-and-coming destinations in the U.S. Here's what...

8/14/2016

article Islandia village board approves special use permit for video casino inside Marriott Hotel
(New York) -- In a last minute meeting on Friday morning, a controversial plan to allow high-tech video lottery terminals inside the Marriott Hotel in the Village of...

8/13/2016

article Islandia Village Board Approves Video Casino To Be Built Inside Hotel
(New York) -- The village board in Islandia called a last-minute meeting Friday morning where it approved a new video casino to be built inside a Marriott Hotel.
article Islandia Village OKs Controversial Mini-Casino at Marriott Hotel
(New York) -- Village of Islandia officials authorized the opening of a mini-casino at the Marriott Hotel over objections of the plan’s opponents, who packed...

8/12/2016

article Long Island Town Supports Suffolk Casino
(New York) -- Stalled for several years, a push by Suffolk County Off-Track Betting Corp. to open a casino on Long Island was given crucial backing the morning of Aug....

8/11/2016

article John Bonacic believes New Jersey referendum could spur New York casino expansion
(New York) -- New York State Senator John Bonacic has predicted that the eastern state may allow more gambling venues to open sooner rather than later should voters in...
article Forget the casino: Group wants green open space at Parcel 5
(New York) -- Forget a casino or a performing arts center, one group wants to bring something different to the former Midtown site. Instead of a building, the group...
article Del Giudice expects NYRA to be reprivatized early in 2017
(New York) -- All-sources handle on racing at the New York Racing Association tracks was up 5.6 percent through the first six months of 2016 when compared with 2015.
article NYRA Board Touts Progress in Face of Delays
(New York) -- The New York Racing Association's return to re-privatization may be in a holding pattern, but NYRA is hardly standing still as it waits to learn what...

8/9/2016

article Former Cuomo aide criticizes governor's handling of NYRA franchise
(New York) -- A panel at a law conference discussing the current state of the New York Racing Association franchise ended with a former official of the administration of...

8/8/2016

article Del Lago launches first wave of hiring for Seneca County casino
(New York) -- Del Lago Resort & Casino is looking for a few good trainees. 480, to be exact. The new $440 million Seneca County casino will hold two informational...

8/3/2016

article Cuomo's signing of FanDuel bill puts Batavia Downs' wheels in motion
(New York) -- Off-Track Corp., which recently signed a four-year deal with FanDuel to offer fantasy sports competition at Batavia Downs Gaming and at some of its OTB...

8/2/2016

article No horsing around: State ag leader touts equine industry
(New York) -- State Agriculture Commissioner Richard Ball made a whirlwind tour of local horse farms on Tuesday while touting the equine industry’s importance to...

8/1/2016

article Schenectady opens roundabout near casino site
(New York) -- Build it and they will come is what city and casino officials are banking on when it comes to Erie Boulevard, the busy traffic artery that is undergoing...
article Casino seeks 480 trainees for dealer school
(New York) -- Del Lago Resort & Casino on Monday announced its first wave of jobs for table games and poker dealers. The casino and resort is looking for 480...

7/29/2016

article Want to be a vendor at the Schenectady casino? Here's what you need to know
(New York) -- The Rivers Casino & Resort in Schenectady, New York, needs vendors. If you're interested in becoming one of those vendors, the casino is hosting...
article Lottery sales jump even as racetrack bets drop
(New York) -- The New York State Lottery collected record-high wagers, worth $9.7 billion, for the financial year that ended March 31, even as interest waned at the...

7/27/2016

article NYS Gaming Commission Meets, Tours Rivers Casino Site
(New York) -- The New York State Gaming Commission met Monday afternoon in Schenectady. They discussed horse racing and casino gambling before heading off to tour the...
article Islandia deputy mayor: Residents kept in dark on OTB casino plan
(New York) -- Islandia’s deputy mayor at a village board meeting on Tuesday accused village officials of deliberately keeping many residents in the dark about a...
article Montreign outlines casino job offerings at SUNY Sullivan sessions
(New York) -- For more than three decades, the people of Sullivan County pinned their hopes on landing a casino that would restore thousands of jobs lost as the resorts...

7/25/2016

article Rivers Casino ahead of schedule; February opening possible
(New York) -- If seeing is believing, then state Gaming Commission member John Poklemba seemed impressed by the progress being made on Rivers Casino in Schenectady.
article Islandia casino developer changes parking plan to avoid potential traffic issues
(New York) -- Suffolk County Regional Off-Track Betting Corp. has been working for some time to create a betting parlor in the Islandia Marriott Long Island Hotel.
article SUNY, Montreign to host casino JOBS briefings
(New York) -- SUNY Sullivan and Montreign Resort Casino will host two Job Opportunity Briefing Sessions, called JOBS for short, this Tuesday at the college in Loch...

7/24/2016

article Developer of proposed Islandia casino revises parking plan
(New York) -- The developer of a proposed Suffolk OTB mini-casino in Islandia has submitted a revised plan intended to alleviate potential traffic problems at the site....

7/23/2016

article Casino road work brings safety concerns
(New York) -- It’s no secret that the Morellis, Barbutos, Wordens and Dawleys of Chase Road are not supporters of the neighboring del Lago Resort & Casino. In...
article State lottery sales see big jump
(New York) -- The state Lottery collected record-high wagers, worth $9.7 billion, for the financial year that ended March 31, even as interest waned at the horse track,...

7/21/2016

article Resorts World Casino refis Aqueduct Racetrack with $225M loan
(New York) -- Resorts World Casino at Aqueduct Racetrack refinanced the complex with a $225 million loan from Wells Fargo, property records filed with the city Thursday...
article A Tale Of Two Cities: The Synchronicity Of Saratoga And Deauville
(New York) -- August 1864. It was the best of times in France: Napoleon III's Second Empire was at the height of its glory, enabling prosperous ladies and gentlemen...

7/18/2016

article How gambling and greedy governments may shape the future of Long Island
(New York) -- Should the Islandia Marriott Long Island Hotel, on the LIE’s north service road, be permitted a betting parlor? This would be a Suffolk County OTB...

7/13/2016

article Islandia residents plan to fight proposed mini-casino
(New York) -- Village of Islandia residents say they are gearing up for a fight against a proposed plan to put a mini-casino in their backyard. As News 12 has reported,...

7/12/2016

article Tioga Downs Pushes Launch Date, Waits on Final 'OK' from Commission
(New York) -- After being awarded a gaming license from New York State late last year, Tioga Downs Casino and Racetrack began work on a multimillion dollar expansion...

7/11/2016

article Schneiderman to Continue Actions Against DFS Sites in New York
(New York) -- Despite a last minute passage of a bill to legalize daily fantasy sports in New York, the state’s Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said he will...
article Rolling the dice too fast on Aqueduct casino expansion
(New York) -- New York City needs to find out if it is getting played in the game that is casino gambling under the guise of the state lottery. Gov. Cuomo and the...
article Fate of Islandia casino uncertain after vote canceled
(New York) -- The fate of a proposed Suffolk OTB mini-casino in Islandia remained uncertain Monday after village officials suddenly canceled a vote on the controversial...

7/10/2016

article Islandia officials cancel vote on opening OTB casino in village
(New York) -- Islandia officials have canceled a meeting Tuesday at which they were to vote on a controversial Suffolk OTB plan to open a mini-casino in the village.
article Village of Islandia tables vote on mini-casino at Marriott hotel
(New York) -- A vote on whether to build a mini-casino at the Islandia Marriott Hotel has been postponed. The Islandia Village Board was scheduled to vote on the casino...
article LETTER: Casino windfall a chance to help taxpayers
(New York) -- One of the best things an elected official can do for his or her constituents is to let them keep more of their own money. That’s why I have proposed...

7/9/2016

article Genting to undertake RM1.6 billion project in New York
(New York) -- The Resorts World Casino at New York’s Aqueduct Racetrack has come up with an ambitious expansion plan. According to a report in Gamingtoday, Genting...

7/8/2016

article What's Changed At The Saratoga Casino Hotel?
(New York) -- For over a year, the re-branded Saratoga Casino Hotel has been under construction as part of a project to unify Vapor, its casino, harness track, dining...

7/7/2016

article Saratoga Casino Hotel opens
(New York) -- The Saratoga harness track is outside the window. The Saratoga Race Course is a short, horse-drawn carriage ride away. In fact, horses are everywhere, in...
article Long Islanders Protest Proposed Casino
(New York) -- Residents of the Suffolk County village of Islandia are up in arms over plans to build a casino at the Islandia Marriott hotel in the village. At an...
article New Yorkers spent almost $9 million in one day on Mega Millions tickets
(New York) -- Mega Millions lottery ticket sales in New York state jumped to almost $9 million in one day Tuesday for that night's drawing. No one won the jackpot.

7/6/2016

article Group to City Council: Ban casinos in Rochester now
(New York) -- A group funded by gaming interests that already runs betting parlors across the region is putting pressure on city officials to ban Native American-run...
article Long Island Town Fighting Video Casino Proposal For Hotel
(New York) -- Long Island residents near an Islandia hotel are fighting against a video gaming parlor. It’s the latest in a series of community battles after New...

7/5/2016

article New York Lottery to Offer New Instant Game Using Cellphones
(New York) -- The New York Lottery has created a new instant game allowing players to use mobile phones in conjunction with a traditional scratch game — something...
article Area counties to cash in on casino fees
(New York) -- Delaware and Schoharie counties are among 22 counties and three municipalities across upstate New York that are a portion of receiving $30.2 million in...
article Resorts World Casino Plans $400 Million Expansion
(New York) -- Resorts World Casino at Aqueduct Racetrack in Queens wants to spend an estimated $400 million to add 1,000 video-lottery terminals and build a new hotel...
article Montreign Resort Casino goes vertical as pace of construction picks up
(New York) -- The casino is going vertical. Giant cranes are on site of the Montreign Resort Casino at Adelaar, moving massive steel rods that will form the skeleton of...
article Costs rise to build apartments near Schenectady casino
(New York) -- Developer Dave Fusco will spend almost $200,000 more than expected to build a 52-unit apartment building near the future site of Rivers Casino and Resort...
article Photos: Schenectady casino work update
(New York) -- Work continues Tuesday on the Casino Rivers Casino & Resort located on Erie Blvd. The $300 million project is expected to be completed in early 2017,...
article Public hearing held on possible Islandia OTB site
(New York) -- Residents packed Islandia Village Hall Tuesday evening for a public hearing on a proposed mini-casino at the Islandia Marriott Hotel. Officials say the...

7/4/2016

article Islandia casino site a better fit than Medford, say officials
(New York) -- The Islandia site chosen by Suffolk OTB officials for a mini-casino with up to 1,000 video slot machines is not likely to generate as much opposition as a...

7/1/2016

article All In: Schenectady's Future with a Casino
(Pennsylvania) -- On the western shore of the Delaware River in Philadelphia, north of Interstate 676, lies the historic Fishtown neighborhood. It is one of the city...

6/28/2016

article SJC allows ballot question for second slots parlor
(Massachusetts) -- The state’s high court Tuesday cleared the way for a question to be included on the November ballot that would allow for a second slots parlor...
article Saratoga, racing supporters worry about new VLTs
(New York) -- With 1,000 new video lottery terminals coming to the Resorts World racino at Aqueduct in Queens, supporters of thoroughbred racing are worried that the new...

6/27/2016

article Cuomo Administration Fires Back at Criticism
(New York) -- The administration of Gov. Andrew Cuomo is hitting back at criticism from the Saratoga Springs community over the recent controversy involving the now-...
article Racing group responds to state budget director
(New York) -- The group Concerned Citizens for Saratoga Racing says Gov. Andrew Cuomo alone blocked a plan for New York Racing Association’s return to private...
article Major Expansion Planned for Aqueduct Casino
(New York) -- The operator of the video lottery terminal casino at Aqueduct Racetrack plans a December groundbreaking on an expansion project expected to add more than...

6/25/2016

article Rochester casino fight heats up
(New York) -- Rhetoric is heating up in the debate about whether to build a small-scale casino at Midtown in downtown Rochester. Developer Thomas Wilmot, who has pitched...

6/24/2016

article Wait continues for Tioga Downs
(New York) -- It will be at least mid-July when Tioga Downs gets its state license to operate a full-fledged casino as it moves to become a destination gaming resort and...

6/23/2016

article Absent a Deal, Finger Lakes Future in Doubt
(New York) -- Thoroughbred trainers, owners, and breeders are scrambling to determine the future of Finger Lakes Gaming and Racetrack after New York lawmakers recently...
article Court upholds casino lawsuit dismissal
(New York) -- In a one-sentence ruling, the Fourth Department Appellate Division Court unanimously upheld the Feb. 1 dismissal of an Article 78 lawsuit over the del Lago...
article $30M in casino fees to be distributed in 22 counties
(New York) -- New York state officials say 22 counties will benefit from $30 million in casino license fees. The 2013 legislation that allowed Las Vegas-style casinos to...

6/22/2016

article New York Contributes Casino Licensing Fees to Host Communities
(New York) -- The three casinos that were licensed by the New York State Gaming Commission last year and are currently built in Upstate New York have paid the total...

6/21/2016

article Capital Region counties get casino cash
(New York) -- Months before the first blackjack or poker hand is dealt, casino money is pouring into 22 counties and three municipalities across upstate as they collect...
article New York casino fees go to local communities
(New York) -- Three upstate casinos have paid a total of $151 million in licensing fees that will be doled out for education aid in New York and split among local...
article Saratoga County to get $1.2M from Schenectady casino
(New York) -- Saratoga County will get more than $1.2 million in licensing fees from the new Schenectady casino that is scheduled to open next year.

6/18/2016

article Inside del Lago: Construction progressing at future site of Seneca County casino
(New York) -- Driving from downtown Auburn to the town of Tyre in Seneca County, you'll notice a common theme. Orange cones. Plenty of dirt. Fresh pavement. Crews...
article Casino opponents: Call for Midtown proposals a 'sham'
(New York) -- Last week, city of Rochester officials announced that two developers want to build a performing arts center at the Midtown site — one with a casino,...

6/17/2016

article State control of NYRA extended for one year
(New York) -- Unable to reach an agreement on reprivatization, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and state legislators announced Friday night that the New York Racing Association would...
article Batavia Downs Gaming workers approve four-year contract
(New York) -- Union employees at Batavia Downs Gaming on Wednesday voted in favor of a new four-year contract with Western Regional Off-Track Betting Corp. that calls...

6/15/2016

article Fantasy sports bill debated, but online poker goes bust
(New York) -- Lawmakers expressed confidence Wednesday that legislation will pass to legalize daily fantasy sports in New York. On the other hand, legalizing online...
article New York Assembly unlikely to approve online poker gambling
(New York) -- A bill to legalize online poker gambling in New York is unlikely to come to a vote this year in the state Assembly, said the chairman of the Assembly...
article New York i-poker effort over bar the shouting after passing vote
(New York) -- A bill seeking to regulate online poker in New York has been passed 53-5 by a Senate vote, but time is running out for the bill to be made law. S5302 was...
article New York Senate Passes Online Poker Bill, But Key Lawmaker Calls Effort ‘Dead’
(New York) -- There were mixed signals coming out of New York and its late legislative push to regulate online poker on Tuesday. One one hand, the Senate passed Sen....
article New York Senate Passes Poker Bill With Lopsided Vote As Online Gambling Momentum Builds
(New York) -- The New York State Senate passed S5302, a bill that would legalize and regulate online poker in the Empire State. The measure easily passed the Senate by a...
article Online poker bill approved by New York Senate
(New York) -- In a 53 to 5 vote on Tuesday, the New York State Senate passed S05302, which if approved by the state Assembly would make online poker gambling legal in...
article NYRA reprivatization bill heads to governor's desk
(New York) -- The New York Senate and Assembly passed bills on Wednesday that would return control of the board of the New York Racing Association to the association...

6/14/2016

article New York senate approves online poker bill despite zombie warnings
(New York) -- The New York state senate has approved an online poker bill for the first time, although poker’s chief proponent in the state Assembly declared...
article Senate votes to legalize online poker gambling in New York
(New York) -- The New York State Senate voted Tuesday for the first time to legalize gambling on online poker in the state, a historic expansion of gambling. The Senate...
article Pretlow: NYRA Privatization Talks Stall
(New York) -- Talks have stalled over returning control of the New York Racing Association to private hands after a four-year period in which appointees of Gov. Andrew...

6/11/2016

article The End Of An Era? No Purse Protection Has Finger Lakes Horsemen Bracing For The Worst
(New York) -- For more than five decades, the Finger Lakes Racetrack has gathered thousands, but there's a lot of concern that this time next year, horses could...
article Comptroller: NYRA Too Dependent On VLT Money
(New York) -- The New York Racing Association’s (NYRA) traditional racing operations have generated deficits totaling $109 million over five years and management...

6/10/2016

article Connections: Does Downtown Rochester Need A Casino?
(New York) -- A casino in Rochester? The city is considering a pair of proposals for a performing arts center, and one of them is tied to a downtown casino.
article Cuomo wants to cap casino subsidy to NYRA
(New York) -- New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has introduced legislation that would return the New York Racing Association to private control but reserve six appointments to...

6/9/2016

article LETTER: Albany should clean up its corruption, not OK more gambling
(New York) -- Dear Editor, As at least one commentator noted recently, with regard to gambling, hand-to-hand combat, and booze, Albany is now promoting the easing and...

6/8/2016

article NY Has Plans Should NJ Expand Casino Gambling
(New York) -- Officials in New York have been quietly discussing ways to "send a shot across the Hudson River" in advance of New Jersey's fall referendum...

6/7/2016

article Key New York Senator Sees Path For Online Poker, Says “All Of The Gaming Interests Want It”
(New York) -- In an interview with Time Warner Cable News on Monday, New York State Senator John Bonacic turned some heads when he emphatically said online poker had a...

6/6/2016

article City gets proposals with, without Midtown casino
(New York) -- The city of Rochester has received two proposals for development of the vacant parcel at the heart of Midtown — one that includes a casino and one...

6/4/2016

article Mark Ford attends rally to support Gaming
(New York) -- Harness racing President Mark Ford along with Anthony Perretti and Mike Gulotta aligned forces with top state Democrats, county officials and union leaders...

6/3/2016

article Poll explores Rochester casino & political figures
(New York) -- 13WHAM News has obtained a copy of a recently conducted poll that explores how Rochester voters view a proposed casino and some local political figures.

6/2/2016

article Local faith leaders protest idea of casino in Rochester
(New York) -- Plans for a casino in the City of Rochester is getting some blowback from an alliance of local ministers as well as from the community, according to a new...

6/1/2016

article Casinos funding local gaming opponents
(New York) -- Ministers and others have voiced concern in recent days about the negative impacts a downtown casino might have on the community.
article Finger Lakes Horsemen Association wants del Lago to share revenue
(New York) -- For 54 years, there has been thoroughbred horse racing at Finger Lakes Racetrack on Route 96. But the future of racing at “The Thumb” could be...
article Horse breeders fear omission in gambling bill will destroy their livelihood
(New York) -- It is a sure sign of spring at the Barrow horse farm in Victor: Two foals follow their mothers about the field on a sunny Wednesday afternoon.

5/30/2016

article Casino restaurant to hold job fair
(New York) -- Tioga Downs continues to hire more people as it expands into a full-fledged casino, this time for its new restaurant. Virgil's Real Barbecue is...

5/27/2016

article Seneca County casino: Future tax revenues will help lower taxes, aid local governments
(New York) -- As construction workers continue to build del Lago Resort & Casino in Tyre, the operators of the facility don't want Seneca County residents to...

5/26/2016

article Finger Lakes Gaming and Racetrack horsemen, farmers lobby Albany for support
(New York) -- A campaign calling on state lawmakers to take action to save Finger Lakes Racetrack was launched on Tuesday by members of the Finger Lakes Horsemen...
article Finger Lakes horsemen fear Lago impact
(New York) -- A group representing the horse-racing industry at the Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack has started a campaign aimed at ensuring races at the track aren...
article City hits the jackpot at Resorts World
(New York) -- City Emergency Management Commissioner Joseph Esposito hopes his agency will never have to utilize the Logistics Staging Area at Resorts World Casino, but...
article NY Regulators Tighten Underage Gambling Rules
(New York) -- The New York State Gaming Commission May 23 approved a regulation to standardize and increase penalties against gambling operations—including...

5/25/2016

article del Lago Resort and Casino on track to open Feburary 2017
(New York) -- One of three Upstate New York casinos okayed by Albany late last year is well on its way to opening. del Lago Resort and Casino, sits right off Thruway...

5/24/2016

article Horsemen: Finger Lakes Racetrack at risk once Seneca County casino opens
(New York) -- A group representing workers at Finger Lakes Racetrack in Farmington say more than 1,200 jobs could be lost after the new del Lago Resort & Casino...

5/23/2016

article Gaming Commission sets penalty table for underage gambling
(New York) -- The state Gaming Commission on Monday unanimously approved a standardized table of penalties for outlets that wrongfully serve or host underage gamblers.
article Gaming Commission approves standardized penalties for allowing underage gamblers
(New York) -- The state Gaming Commission has approved a standardized table of penalties for outlets that wrongfully serve underage gamblers. The penalties range from...

5/19/2016

article Daily fantasy sports contests could be legalized in New York under pending legislation
(New York) -- The chairmen of the Senate and Assembly wagering committees said they are preparing final legislation that they hope will lead to the legalization of daily...

5/17/2016

article Schenectady County Community College plans 2nd casino-related degree
(New York) -- Schenectady County Community College might add a degree program to prepare students to work in business functions at casinos.

5/15/2016

article Guests return to Resorts World Casino after electrical fire causes evacuation
(New York) -- Officials say the Resorts World Casino was evacuated because of an electrical fire. The fire was reported shortly before 11 p.m. Saturday. A spokesman for...
article Saratoga Casino Hotel Looking to Fill 100 Year-Round Jobs
(New York) -- Saratoga Casino Hotel has 100 year-round job openings that they want to fill. The new hotel, that we got a sneak peak of last month, is hosting a job fair...

5/13/2016

article Resorts World gives big money to state
(New York) -- A gambler’s loss at the Resorts World Casino machines is the state education funds’ treasure. The state Gaming Commission’s fiscal year-...

5/8/2016

article Schenectady examining taxi codes with casino demand looming
(New York) -- The City Council wants to temporarily halt issuing medallions to operate cab companies while they explore possible ways to improve taxi service. But the...

5/7/2016

article Al puts its to the Inquiring Taxpayer
(New York) -- My old buddy Al from Rochester drove out to Canandaigua last week. Al loves to provoke me. In the following account of our conversation, you'll see...

5/6/2016

article Luxury apartments touted at Schenectady casino
(New York) -- The Galesi Group began promoting luxury apartments at the site of Mohawk Harbor and The Rivers Casino on Friday through a website that detailed the rent...

4/29/2016

article Batavia Downs leader miffed by inequity in casino earnings tax rate
(New York) -- Already concerned about the rise of another competitor only 80 miles to the east, the president of Western Regional Off-Track Betting Corp. is all the more...

4/27/2016

article State Gaming Commission officials visit Sullivan casino site
(New York) -- Members of the New York Gaming Commission toured the Montreign Resort Casino construction site Monday, the first site they’ve visited since three...
article Saratoga Casino and Hotel drops 'raceway' from name
(New York) -- For the first time in years the word "raceway" does not appear in the logo for the Saratoga harness track. Operators of the former Saratoga...
article Saratoga Racino Rebrands
(New York) -- The 75-year-old Saratoga Casino and Raceway announced a new logo and name change on Wednesday. The Saratoga Casino and Raceway has been renamed the...
article Editorial: Put a cap on Nassau OTB’s take from video lottery terminals
(New York) -- The Nassau Regional Off-Track Betting Corp. missed a $3 million loan payment last month. That’s not surprising: Nassau OTB is at least $12 million in...

4/25/2016

article NY gambling regulators to tour casino construction site
(New York) -- Gambling regulators in New York state are set to get an up-close look at one of four new casinos planned for the upstate. Members of the state's Gaming...

4/24/2016

article For the hardworking men and women
(New York) -- "The hard working men and women of (fill in the blank)." Politicians differ on many issues, but they are unanimous in their passionate admiration...
article Gambling at the track not paying off for states’ budget problems
(New York) -- Elected officials in New York and New Jersey who betting that lotteries will win big and close budget shortfalls are a bunch of suckers.

4/20/2016

article Businesses owned by women, minorities should know this about the Schenectady casino
(New York) -- Raymond Walker, president of Green Facility Solution in Albany, wants to supply flooring and commercial cleaning services to the casino being built in...

4/18/2016

article Fresh evidence that Andrew Cuomo’s casino gambit is futile
(New York) -- Gov. Cuomo has placed a lot of his chips on new casinos in New York, but a report out last week confirms the bet won’t pay off. The Rockefeller...
article New York casino project hits milestone
(New York) -- Work on a new casino planned for upstate New York is hitting a critical construction milestone. The developers of the Rivers Casino & Resort in...
article Schenectady casino construction hits minority- and women-owned hiring goal
(New York) -- Minority- and women-owned businesses have been awarded 30 percent of the construction contracts so far at a $330 million casino being built in Schenectady...
article Schenectady casino's last beam in place
(New York) -- Representatives of Rivers Casino & Resort Schenectady on Monday held a topping-off ceremony at the $330 million gaming facility. Representatives of...

4/12/2016

article Casino plans MWBE vendor event in Colonie
(New York) -- Rivers Casino & Resort Schenectady is seeking minority-, women- and disadvantaged-owned business enterprises as vendors for products and services at...
article NYRA recommends board be privatized but with government appointees as well
(New York) -- The New York Racing Association’s board of directors, which was put in place by Gov. Andrew Cuomo four years ago amid a crisis, is recommending that...

4/11/2016

article Resorts World to Receive 1,000 More Video Lottery Terminals
(New York) -- Thanks to a deal brokered last week by the state Legislature, there soon will be a lot more ways to press your luck at Resorts World Casino New York City....
article Casino project hits milestone
(New York) -- As the crowd shivered, a construction crane lifted the final steel beam for the del Lago casino into place Friday, complete with the traditional small tree...

4/9/2016

article Developers Mark Progress In Finger Lakes Casino Construction
(New York) -- Developers of the del Lago Resort and Casino in the Finger Lakes say they are making progress on its construction. A ceremony was held Friday to mark the...
article Tax break will aid Finger Lakes in ‘competition’ with new del Lago Casino
(New York) -- To compete with the $425 million del Lago Resort & Casino being built approximately a half hour away in Tyre, Seneca County, Finger Lakes Gaming and...

4/8/2016

article Del Lago Resort & Casino Construction Nearly Halfway Complete
(New York) -- The del Lago Resort & Casino had a “topping out” ceremony today, where the last steel beam was placed on the 40,000-square-foot...
article Seneca County's del Lago casino about half done
(New York) -- The final steel beam of a somewhat controversial new $440 million Seneca County casino and resort was set into place Friday.
article Work on track at del Lago Resort & Casino
(New York) -- Work continues on the $440 million del Lago Resort & Casino project in Seneca County, with project officials, government leaders and labor...
article What the casino means to Schenectady
(New York) -- Tens of millions in tax revenue, 1,200 new jobs, 2.8 million annual visitors and jumps in property value across Schenectady. Those are some of the benefits...
article More chances to win big at Resorts
(New York) -- Resorts World Casino hit the jackpot in this year’s state budget. The racino will receive an additional 1,000 video lottery terminals that were...

4/7/2016

article State suspends 5 Monticello Raceway trainers for giving 'potentially dangerous' doses of cobalt to horses
(New York) -- Five harness trainers face bans of up to 10 years and possible animal cruelty charges for administering “potentially dangerous and performance-...

4/6/2016

article Budget shifts education funds to Resorts World casino
(New York) -- Tens of millions of dollars in revenue from Resorts World Casino at Aqueduct slated for state education will instead be invested in capital spending to...
article New Aqueduct VLTs Won't Pay to Purses, NYRA
(New York) -- The head of the horsemen's group at the three New York Racing Association tracks said it's "disappointing and head-scratching" that...
article Saratoga casino breaks 3-year streak of sluggish winnings
(New York) -- Saratoga Casino and Raceway finished the last fiscal year with $163.5 million in net winnings, a $5 million increase that broke a three-year streak of...
article Finger Lakes track gets better tax deal
(New York) -- Finger Lakes Gaming and Racetrack will get a lower tax rate to compete with the $425 million Del Lago casino being built a half-hour away in Seneca County...
article Horsemen group says without more money for purses, racing could end at Finger Lakes track
(New York) -- Opening day for horse racing at Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack is a little more than a week away, but the excitement is tempered this year over the...
article Education Money Going to Casinos?
(New York) -- Education advocates say a provision buried in the new state budget allows a casino developer to take money from a fund set aside for public schools. Billy...
article NY commission suspends 6 harness horse trainers
(New York) -- New York's Gaming Commission says it has suspended six harness racing trainers after finding high levels of cobalt in horses' blood. The commission...

4/5/2016

article New York Cozies Up to Online Poker
(New York) -- With state lawmakers looking for ways to pay for a $150 billion budget and including revenue from online poker in its budget projections, New York...
article N.Y. racinos say N.J. casino plan threatens business
(New York) -- The good news: The New York Gaming Association is reporting roughly $3 billion in economic impact in 2015 from its nine member racinos statewide. The...

4/4/2016

article Nassau video lottery terminal deal needs close scrutiny
(New York) -- A news release out of Albany last week heralded an agreement between Nassau’s Regional Off Track Betting Corp. and Genting Group, which operates...
article GAN rolls out first B2B virtual reality casino app
(New York) -- GAN has confirmed the launch of a virtual reality Simulated Gaming application for its first continuing US client, Empire City Casino in New York....

4/3/2016

article What new VLTs mean for New York City
(New York) -- There’s a piece of the new state budget that’s under the radar right now, but could have big implications for New York City. In 2013,...

4/2/2016

article The Powers Behind The New York Land-Based Gaming Industry
(New York) -- New York, like many other states in the region, has not been shy about consider and implementing expansions of gambling. The latest example came when the...
article VLT deal looks like a smart bet for Belmont
(New York) -- Nassau County may have hit it big with the video lottery terminal deal at Aqueduct Racetrack, and if the cards are played right, many nice jackpots could...

4/1/2016

article The Powers Behind The New York Land-Based Gaming Industry
(New York) -- New York, like many other states in the region, has not been shy about consider and implementing expansions of gambling. The latest example came when the...
article Casino cash to soon hit city and county coffers
(New York) -- The city and county of Schenectady will soon be receiving their $2.5 million cut of the $50 million gaming license fee that Rivers Casino gaming operator,...
article Council president wants Troy to get part of casino license fee
(New York) -- City Council President Carmella Mantello has asked Rensselaer County to share casino revenues with the financially battered city.
article Empire Resorts pays $51 million license fee for Sullivan casino
(New York) -- Empire Resorts, the company behind Montreign Resort Casino at Adelaar, has paid a $51 million license fee to the state Gaming Commission.
article Lawmakers Finalizing Deal To Move Mini-Casino From Belmont To Aqueduct
(New York) -- State lawmakers in Albany are finalizing a deal that moves a proposed mini casino from Belmont Racetrack to Aqueduct. It’s a victory for Nassau...
article No Purse Protection for Finger Lakes
(New York) -- The head of the horsemen's group at Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack is predicting the end of racing at the upstate Thoroughbred track, after a new...

3/31/2016

article Schenectady casino pays $50M for gaming license
(New York) -- Rivers Casino & Resort submitted its $50 million payment for a gaming license on Thursday. The casino operator announced the payment, saying the city...

3/30/2016

article Why Are There So Many Job Openings at Area Casinos?
(New York) -- Vernon Downs hosted its second job fair of the year Wednesday. About 40 positions were up for grabs, but the waiting room was a bit quiet. "When I...
article Nassau County to transfer casino authority to Aqueduct
(New York) -- Nassau County will transfer its authority to install 1,000 video slot machines to Aqueduct Racetrack in Queens in exchange for annual payments that will...
article Belmont casino opponents call for VLT ban on L.I.
(New York) -- Opponents of a video casino planned for Belmont Park on Saturday called on state lawmakers to prohibit video lottery terminals anywhere on Long Island.

3/29/2016

article Schenectady casino seeking sales director, HR director, other positions
(New York) -- The operator of the casino being built in Schenectady, New York, is accepting resumes for six management-level positions, including sales director,...
article Schenectady casino starts hiring push
(New York) -- Schenectady’s future casino has posted job applications for six positions, marking the first hiring push for the resort. Rivers Casino and Resort...
article Second Circuit Affirms Dismissal of Sherman Act Claims Due to Failure to Allege a Plausible Geographic Market
(New York) -- In Concord Associates, L.P., et al. v. Entertainment Properties Trust, No. 13-3933-cv (2d Cir. 2016), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit...

3/28/2016

article No stopping Rush Street for casino site
(New York) -- When it opens in about a year, visitors on their way to the Rivers Casino will be traveling along Rush Street.
article Schenectady ready to give casino the street name it wants
(New York) -- The City Council is utilizing a little-known section of municipal code to ensure the proposed street leading into the new Rivers Casino will bear the name...
article NY OTBs, CDI Resume Rocky Simulcast Talks
(New York) -- With the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) fast approaching, New York's off-track betting corporations and Churchill Downs Inc. have...
article Vernon Downs to hire 45; job fair set
(New York) -- Vernon Downs racino plans to hire 45 people for its food and beverage staff at a job fair set for Wednesday and Thursday. A "Recipe for Success"...

3/27/2016

article Belmont Residents Hold Another Protest against Casino Expansion
(New York) -- Opponents of the planned addition of a small video lottery terminal casino at the existing Belmont Park rallied outside the racetrack on Saturday, urging...

3/26/2016

article Belmont Park rally urges vote to ban video slot machines
(New York) -- More than 75 people rallied Saturday outside Belmont Park, urging state legislators to support a bill banning video slot machines on Long Island.
article Dozens Rally Outside Belmont Park Against Planned Long Island Casino
(New York) -- Dozens of protesters held a rally Saturday morning against a planned casino on Long Island. WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall reports the rally took place...

3/25/2016

article Host of Gambling Issues On Table in New York
(New York) -- Racing and gambling matters are still in play in New York as the governor and lawmakers try in the coming week to put the finishing touches on a new state...
article Saratoga racino may get new name as part of $40 million expansion and hotel
(New York) -- Don't be surprised if the Saratoga Casino and Raceway in Saratoga Springs gets a new name by the summer. Officials at the harness racing track and...

3/24/2016

article Out of Luck: Second Circuit Dismisses Antitrust Suit Brought by Catskills “Racino” Developers on Market Definition Grounds
(New York) -- On March 18, 2016, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the dismissal of an antitrust lawsuit brought by the prospective developers of a racing...
article New NJ Casinos Could Impact New York Racinos
(New York) -- A trade group for New York's racetrack-based casinos is warning of major revenue drops at their facilities if New Jersey voters this fall approve a...
article Saratoga casino rebranding as competition looms
(New York) -- Saratoga Casino and Raceway will re-brand as part of a $40 million expansion that will be completed this summer — about nine months before the $330...
article Impact of minimum wage hike on horse racing questioned
(New York) -- A proposed $15 minimum wage could have a significant impact on many businesses. In horse racing, the extra cost would be passed on to owners, a leading New...

3/23/2016

article Casino border war shaping up between New York and New Jersey
(New York) -- Donald Trump and other Atlantic City casino interests in 1997 spent a lot of money on a lobbying campaign to help kill a plan that would have allowed...
article Bills threaten VLT facility
(New York) -- A bill intended to prevent the installation of electronic gaming machines on Long Island was introduced in the State Senate on March 17.

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