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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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3/3/2015

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

2/28/2015

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

2/27/2015

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

2/26/2015

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

2/25/2015

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

2/24/2015

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

2/23/2015

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

2/22/2015

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

2/21/2015

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

2/20/2015

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

2/19/2015

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

2/18/2015

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

2/15/2015

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

2/14/2015

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

2/13/2015

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

2/11/2015

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

2/9/2015

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

2/7/2015

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

2/5/2015

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

2/4/2015

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

2/3/2015

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

2/2/2015

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

1/31/2015

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

1/30/2015

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

1/29/2015

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

1/28/2015

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

1/27/2015

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

1/26/2015

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

1/25/2015

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

1/24/2015

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

1/23/2015

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

1/22/2015

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

1/21/2015

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

1/20/2015

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

1/19/2015

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

1/18/2015

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

1/17/2015

article New York Will Test the Online Gambling Waters in 2015
(New York) -- Less than two weeks into 2015 we have already seen three iGaming bills introduced in state legislatures. And those three states, California, Mississippi,...
article Barry Lewis: Advice to casino losers: Let it go
(New York) -- Newburgh, New Windsor and Ellenville, I feel your pain. And I’m sure a good many of my fellow Sullivan County residents can appreciate your...
article Griffo to Gaming Commission: Adding Four Casinos in NY is a Bad Bet
(New York) -- With the Gaming Facility Location Board deciding Tuesday to re-open the bidding process for a fourth casino, Senator Joseph A. Griffo is asking the state...
article Tioga Downs discusses plans for moving forward if awarded gaming license
(New York) -- "Sometimes I feel like Rodney Dangerfield, I get no respect," said Tioga Downs Owner Jeff Gural with a chuckle during a conference on Friday,...
article Tioga Downs with a Second Chance for Winning a Casino License
(New York) -- Yesterday, Jeff Gural, owner of Tioga Downs Casino & Racing, one of the losing bids in the competition for a casino license in New York, pointed out...
article Catskills Casino on the Horizon
(New York) -- There was a time when the Borscht Belt hotels and bungalow colonies in the Catskills attracted visitors from all over the US. The hotels and resorts in the...
article New York racinos face competition with new upstate casinos
(New York) -- Some New York horse tracks with video lottery machines could be facing longer odds with more casinos coming. New York has nine tracks that feature rows of...
article Hein Looks To The Future
(New York) -- Ulster County Executive Mike Hein told members of the Rondout Valley Business Association that despite the decision not to grant a casino license to the...
article Garden City wants studies before video slot machines go to Fortunoff site
(New York) -- Garden City village, a Republican stronghold, has entered the fray over plans by Nassau’s Off-Track Betting Corp. to locate as many as 1,000 video...
article Hundreds Brave The Cold To Protest Proposed Westbury Gambling Hall
(New York) -- Anger trumped the cold as hundreds braved temperatures in the 20s Saturday to protest plans to put a casino in a North Hempstead shopping mall.
article Westbury Casino at Fortunoff Site Slammed by Critics
(New York) -- A hearing on a proposed mini-casino featuring 1,000 video lottery terminals—aka electronic slot machines—at the former Fortunoff property in...
article Westbury Mayor Peter Cavallaro joins fight against casino
(New York) -- Westbury Mayor Peter Cavallaro, whose winter battles are usually limited to clearing snow from village streets, stands at ground zero in the fight to keep...

1/16/2015

article Gural to pursue gaming license for Tioga Downs, with backing from Traditions
(New York) -- Jeffrey Gural, the owner of Tioga Downs Casino Racing & Entertainment, plans to pursue the fourth casino license that the New York State Gaming...
article Gural wants Southern Tier casino, mom and pop style
(New York) -- Real estate investor and Tioga Downs owner Jeff Gural, along with a phalanx of local legislators including Senate Republican Deputy Majority Leader Tom...
article OUR OPINION: Reopening casino process undermines board’s work
(New York) -- The decision this week to reopen the bidding process for a possible Southern Tier casino was curious, if not unexpected. The double-whammy announcement Dec...
article Tioga Downs prepares to bid again for casino license
(New York) -- Tioga Downs owner Jeff Gural wants to make it known that he is 100 percent committed to getting the Southern Tier a gaming license.
article Tioga Downs, Traditions to discuss Tier casino bid
(New York) -- Tioga Downs and Traditions at the Glen will hold a news conference at 2 p.m. today at the racino to discuss a new bid for a Southern Tier casino license.
article More than 1,000 pack Westbury school to oppose casino-style gambling parlor at Fortunoff building
(New York) -- More than 1,000 furious Nassau residents packed a Westbury elementary school Thursday night to voice their opposition to a plan to build a casino-style...
article Residents voice opposition to proposed LI gambling parlor
(New York) -- About one thousand Long Islanders packed a meeting to oppose a plan to build a casino-style gambling parlor in Westbury.

1/15/2015

article Casino seekers will be at State of State
(New York) -- In past years, State of the State addresses were usually preceded by throngs of anti-fracking protestors who would crowd the Empire State Plaza outside of...
article Rejected casino bidder files complaint with Comptroller's Office
(New York) -- Greenetrack, Inc., one of the rejected bidders for a casino in Orange County, has filed a complaint with the state Comptroller's Office alleging that the...
article Seneca County supervisors get report on casino benefits analysis
(New York) -- The proposed Lago Resort & Casino in Tyre would provide far more financial benefits than its cost to local governments. The Seneca County Board of...
article Height rule increased at casino site
(New York) -- Some Planning Commission members said details on signage and the height of buildings at the Mohawk Harbor site were difficult to understand without...
article Schenectady advances casino requirements
(New York) -- The Planning Commission has approved increasing building heights on the former Alco property and easing setback requirements along the Mohawk River as part...
article Schumer: Route 17 expansion plan needs to be extended to Sullivan to handle casino traffic
(New York) -- The building of the Montreign Resort Casino in the Town of Thompson has prompted Sen. Charles Schumer to call for the addition of lanes to Route 17 beyond...
article Controversy over proposal for casinos in Nassau County
(New York) -- Representatives of Nassau County's Off-Track betting had an uphill battle Thursday night, as they faced an angry mob. Hundreds packed a high school...
article Hundreds Gather To Speak Out Against Proposed Nassau County Gaming Parlor
(New York) -- Hundreds gathered in Nassau County on Thursday night, to speak out against a proposed gaming parlor. The message to casino developers could not have been...

1/14/2015

article New York Seeks Casino for Southern Tier After Cuomo Fracking Ban
(New York) -- New York will solicit bids for a casino license in the Southern Tier, the sparsely populated region along the Pennsylvania border that was dealt a blow...
article Only 1 proposal so far for casino in NY's Southern Tier
(New York) -- New York gambling officials hope a casino license available in the state's Southern Tier will attract significant interest — but so far there...
article Nevele CEO takes blame for failed casino strategy
(New York) -- Nevele CEO Michael Treanor took responsibility for failing to "pay enough for lobbyists and in political contributions" Wednesday morning. "...
article Mangano joins pols in opposing OTB casino plan
(New York) -- Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano on Tuesday joined a growing number of local officials in expressing opposition to the Nassau Regional Off-Track...
article Opponents: Move Planned Westbury, L.I. Casino To Nassau Coliseum
(New York) -- Some opponents of a controversial proposal for a gambling hall at the former Fortunoff store in Westbury, Long Island have said it should be built at the...
article Westbury gaming parlor opponents have 'valid' concerns, says Governor Andrew Cuomo, but he will not intervene in site selection
(New York) -- Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said Wednesday that although community leaders have "valid" concerns in opposing a casino-style gaming parlor in Westbury,...
article Schenectady Planning Commission Meets on Zoning Changes for Proposed Casino Site
(New York) -- Leaders in Schenectady held a meeting Wednesday night to talk about zoning changes that could pave the way for the Rivers Casino project. Developers with...
article Proposed Medford gaming facility draws concerns about traffic and safety
(New York) -- Supporters and opponents of a proposed Medford gaming parlor remained divided over details of the $65 million project after a meeting at Suffolk OTB...

1/13/2015

article Casino board to consider Souther Tier license
(New York) -- The state's casino Location Board, which last month recommended the granting of only three upstate casino licenses, on Tuesday voted to open another...
article New York Reopens Casino Bidding [sub req]
(New York) -- Members of the New York Gaming Facility Location Board voted unanimously Tuesday night to reopen the bidding process for a casino license in the state...
article Southern Tier to get another shot at casino, but not necessary a larger Tioga Downs
(New York) -- At the request of Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a state casino siting board tonight reversed itself and declared New York's Southern Tier and the state ready for...
article State casino review board to reopen bidding for Southern Tier
(New York) -- The New York State Gaming Facility Location Board will allow a casino in the Southern Tier. In mid-December, the selection of three casino proposals for...
article Is a gaming lawsuit in the cards?
(New York) -- The state Gaming Commission’s siting board will be meeting on Tuesday night to consider Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s call for a fourth license in the...
article NAACP claims Gaming Commission denies jobs to minorities
(New York) -- The debate over casino expansion in New York took an ugly turn Tuesday as a civil rights leader accused the state of denying job opportunities to...
article Renewed calls for Orange County casino as voting nears
(New York) -- There are renewed calls for a casino in Orange County as gaming officials vote tonight on whether to allow a fourth Las Vegas-style casino-resort in New...
article OP/ED: State should stick with casino decisions
(New York) -- As difficult as it might have been, a state commission made reasonable choices on casino sites and should stick with them. Otherwise, questions of...
article Board to discuss Southern Tier casino tonight
(New York) -- Should the Southern Tier get another shot at a casino license? That's the question the five-member New York Gaming Facility Location Board will...
article New York Gambling Board to Reconsider a Casino for the Southern Tier
(New York) -- A New York State gambling board on Tuesday evening unanimously approved Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s request for a new round of bidding for a Las Vegas-...
article Nassau OTB begins public outreach for casino plan
(New York) -- Nassau Regional Off-Track Betting Corp. on Tuesday kicked off its first public effort to address concerns about a proposed gambling parlor in Westbury with...

1/12/2015

article Casino communities to Cuomo: What about us?
(New York) -- Gov. Andrew Cuomo's call to reopen bidding for a casino in the Southern Tier has other cities in New York asking: What about us? Cuomo's move...
article Casino panel to consider Cuomo's request for 4th casino
(New York) -- The board tasked with picking locations for casinos in upstate New York will consider Gov. Andrew Cuomo's request to reopen the bidding process for a...
article NY casino rebid decision expected
(New York) -- The Southern Tier received just two proposals for casinos, as well as a third one in the Finger Lakes. It was the fewest in the state among the three...
article Regulator rethink could give Genting second bite at N.Y.
(New York) -- The casino regulator in New York state, in the United States, has decided to revisit in part its December decision on new casino licences for upstate New...
article Gural Talks Additions to Tioga Downs' Application for Last NYS Casino License
(New York) -- The day before the state's Gaming Facility Location Board meets about the possibility of awarding a casino license to a Souther Tier location, Tioga...
article Hudson Valley pols cry foul at casino decision
(New York) -- It could be that they saw the results that an outcry in the Southern Tier had — with the apparent reconsideration of licensing a casino there...
article Mangano opposes Fortunoff site for new video gambling parlor
(New York) -- Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano Monday joined the growing list of elected officials who oppose a plan to build a new casino-style gaming parlor at...
article Can the Southern Tier draw new casino proposals?
(New York) -- The Southern Tier received just two proposals for casinos, as well as a third one in the Finger Lakes. It was the fewest in the state among the three...
article Southern Tier casino meeting to be webcast
(New York) -- A meeting Tuesday to consider whether to re-bid a casino license for New York's Southern Tier has been moved to 7 p.m. -- and it will be webcast....
article Southern Tier lawmakers united by casino hopes
(New York) -- Southern Tier lawmakers are hopeful for a Vegas-style casino at Tioga Downs after Gov. Andrew Cuomo requested an additional license to be awarded for a...

1/11/2015

article Group Warns Against, Calls Southern Tier Casino a 'Detriment' to NYS
(New York) -- December 17 was an upsetting day for many Southern Tier residents, when the region's casino license recommendation ultimately went to a project up in...
article New York To Reconsider Fourth Casino License
(New York) -- The New York Gaming Facility Location Board will meet next week to review Governor Andrew Cuomo’s request to reopen the bidding process for an...
article Southern Tier casino rebid irks other cities
(New York) -- Gov. Andrew Cuomo's call to reopen bidding for a casino in the Southern Tier has other cities in New York asking: What about us? Cuomo's move...
article Police anticipate service spike, but could Sullivan casino reduce crime?
(New York) -- Now that a casino has been approved for Sullivan County, law enforcement officials are figuring out what to expect from the visitors who will eventually...
article Suffolk OTB officials and Medford community leaders to meet on proposed casino site
(New York) -- Suffolk OTB officials plan to meet Tuesday with Medford community leaders to discuss the planned $65 million gaming facility near Exit 64 of the Long...

1/10/2015

article OP/ED: Racing Toward Too Many Casinos?
(New York) -- I don't hunt. I mean I probably would if were to put food on my table but as a pastime or sport I'm afraid my middle class liberal upbringing has...
article Casino analysis: Benefits outweigh costs
(New York) -- Having the $425 million Lago Resort & Casino built in Tyre would cost town and county governments $36.03 million in additional services and tax breaks...
article Casino board chairman on Cuomo's request: "We haven't made any final decisions"
(New York) -- The state's Gaming Facility Location Board hasn't made "any final decisions" on whether to reopen the bidding for a casino in the...
article Casino board to look at possible fourth site
(New York) -- New York gaming regulators appear ready to play Gov. Andrew Cuomo's hand and consider issuing a fourth casino license for the Southern Tier, despite...
article Gural plans to resubmit Tioga Downs for Southern Tier casino
(New York) -- Vernon Downs owner Jeff Gural said today he plans to resubmit his plans to expand Tioga Downs into a full-scale casino, should state officials decide to...
article NY gaming board willing to consider fourth casino license, but not in Hudson Valley-Catskills region
(New York) -- The board tasked with picking locations for casinos in upstate New York will consider Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s request to reopen the bidding process so a...
article Southern Tier casino rebid irks other cities
(New York) -- Gov. Andrew Cuomo's call to reopen bidding for a casino in the Southern Tier has other cities in New York asking a simple question: What about us?
article Editorial: Nassau, Suffolk looking for honest casinos
(New York) -- It would be impossible to find sites for gambling parlors in Nassau and Suffolk that wouldn't raise hackles in their communities. But off-track betting...
article Kaiman: Control board not involved in casino decision
(New York) -- While both Republican and Democratic politicians are meeting and questioning a proposal by Nassau’s Off-Track Betting Corp. to put a mini-casino at...
article Glenville Talks Traffic, Other Casino Concerns
(New York) -- James Bergami sees a lot more cars on Freeman's Bridge Road now, than his father did 43 years ago when he opened the family business.
article ‘Plan B’ meeting in Ellenville will look at ways to move ahead without casino
(New York) -- The village will hold a Plan B meeting Monday to discuss creating a sustainable for the community with the hoped-for casino at the former Nevele hotel,...

1/9/2015

article CAGNY Fires Opposition Over Fourth NY Casino License
(New York) -- Three bids were approved last month by New York regulators for the state to see its first casino resorts. The approval marks a milestone in the gambling...
article Casino for NY's Southern Tier back under consideration
(New York) -- New York gaming officials said today they would consider Gov. Andrew Cuomo's request to take another look at putting a Las Vegas-style casino in the...
article Gov. Cuomo's request for casino in the Southern Tier
(New York) -- They didn’t get hydrofracking but residents of New York’s economically distressed Southern Tier may still get a casino. In a statement released...
article Panel to Weigh New Casino Bidding for New York’s Southern Tier Region
(New York) -- A New York State gambling board agreed on Friday to consider opening a new round of bidding for a casino license in the Southern Tier, a region bordering...
article State Gaming Commission To Consider 4th Gambling Casino in New York State
(New York) -- After recommending three gaming facility applicants receive licenses to operate full-scale gambling casinos in New York State – one each in...
article Suffolk OTB Reorganization Viewed as Chapter 9 Model
(New York) -- The engineers of the plan Long Island's Suffolk County Off-Track Betting Corp. used to exit Chapter 9 with a 100% return to creditors say it could be a...
article 2014: A rough year for NY racinos
(New York) -- Tioga Downs ended the year by reaching a dubious milestone: December was the first month of 2014 in which the racino reported a year-over-year increase in...

1/8/2015

article Lobby group urges rejection of fourth New York casino licence
(New York) -- A lobby group opposed to casinos in New York has urged gambling regulators in the US state against granting a fourth casino licence.
article Schenectady mayor, land owners discuss impact of casino
(New York) -- One month after Schenectady, New York was picked by a state panel as the best place to build a Las Vegas-style casino in the Albany, New York region,...
article Towns oppose Westbury OTB casino plans
(New York) -- Town of North Hempstead Supervisor Judi Bosworth and Councilwoman Viviana Russell along with Town of Hempstead Supervisor Kate Murray sent letters Tuesday...

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