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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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7/23/2014

article Casinos Need Millions In Tax Breaks To Help NY, Casinos Say
(New York) -- It cost $1 million to file an application, millions more to influence the governor and the state legislature, and taxes on table games themselves will be...
article Cuomo: Market Will Dictate Casino Success in New York
(New York) -- As Moody’s Investors Service downgraded the nationwide casino industry from stable to negative, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said none of the 17...
article Local casino pitches to be made around Labor Day
(New York) -- Casino applicants are expected to deliver oral presentations on local proposals around Labor Day, officials said.
article Proposed Casino in Tyre One Step Closer
(New York) -- A proposed resort and casino in the town of Tyre is one step closer to becoming a reality. Today, developer Tom Wilmot celebrated a partnership with labor...

7/22/2014

article Casino bidders seek local property tax breaks
(New York) -- Several casino bidders who say their proposed projects would help revitalize upstate communities are also seeking tens of millions of dollars in local...
article Public presentations for Capital District casinos expected to take place around, after Labor Day
(New York) -- Oral presentations from the various casino applicants are expected to be given for the local proposals around or after Labor Day, officials said.
article Hamburg, Batavia racetrack casinos can stay open until 6 a.m.
(New York) -- New Yorkers can now gamble away until sunrise. Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has signed legislation permitting racetrack-based casinos, such as the facilities at...

7/21/2014

article Anti-casino lawyer’s license suspended for co-mingling funds
(New York) -- The gloves are off in the competition over who gets to open a casino north of the Big Apple. A civil-rights lawyer has filed a lawsuit to block the...
article Casinos raise concerns of traffic, environmental harm
(New York) -- Genting wants to build a $1.5 billion casino on the periphery of Sterling Forest State Park in Tuxedo. About 20 minutes north on the New York State Thruway...
article OP/ED: Protect citizens from casinos
(New York) -- Thank you for Albany County Executive Dan McCoy’s statement that our county needs to protect itself from costs that may spring from casino...

7/20/2014

article Churchill: Credit, or blame, for casino where it's due
(New York) -- If a casino is built on the Rensselaer waterfront, we can thank (or blame) Joe Bruno. The Republican played a leading role in clearing the land for...
article Away from the Races at Saratoga Springs: Swampland Mansions, Spas and Casinos on the Looney Front
(New York) -- Saratoga Springs in upstate New York may be best known to many as home to a world famous race track for thoroughbred horses, the second oldest in the...

7/19/2014

article COLUMN: State should hold its horses on casino gambling
(New York) -- More than 25,000 people turned out Friday at Saratoga Race Course to warm their faces by the rail, play hooky from work and hope that the equine gods would...
article Editorial: New York needs a plan in case casinos go under
(New York) -- Gov. Andrew Cuomo said last week that he wasn't worried about the rapid decline of Atlantic City casinos and its potential impact on New York's...

7/18/2014

article Southern Tier casino bidders offer job projections
(New York) -- The state is expected to select casino license winners early this fall. Economic activity, which includes projected job creation, will make up 70 percent...
article Tuxedo Residents Opposed to Casino File Lawsuit Against the Town
(New York) -- For Mary Yrizarry living in Tuxedo is a way of life. "We moved back here because we like the natural area," said Mary Yrizarry, Plaintiff.
article Monticello Raceway, horsemen close to deal
(New York) -- Monticello Raceway management and horsemen have taken a major step toward settling their ugly two-year dispute with an “interim’’...

7/16/2014

article NYS casino industry will be decided by the market, says Cuomo
(New York) -- Gov. Cuomo says he's not concerned about reports that the casino gambling industry may not be all that healthy. The negative news comes as the state is...

7/15/2014

article City and state will pay high price for casino
(New York) -- Moody’s downgraded its outlook on the entire U.S. gaming industry (outside Nevada), moving it from “stable” to “negative” due...
article Cuomo: Size of NY casino play depends on investors
(New York) -- Governor Andrew Cuomo told reporters Tuesday that the market will decide the size and the scope of casinos built in New York, as a gaming commission...
article Anti-Casino Residents Bring A Case Against The Town Board
(New York) -- A group of residents in Orange County is threatening a lawsuit, challenging a decision by a town board over zoning for a proposed casino.
article Genting discusses $750M casino plan with Montgomery board, residents
(New York) -- The town Planning Board got its first preliminary look at the proposed Resorts World Hudson Valley casino project Monday night.
article Newburgh casino pitches $5M more in local benefits
(New York) -- The Hudson Valley Casino & Resort has inked agreements that would provide local municipalities and school districts with more than $5 million in...
article Unions sign pact for N.Y. state casino
(New York) -- The Cordish Cos., of Baltimore, and Wyomissing, Pennsylvania-based Penn National Gaming Inc., announced they have signed agreements with two union...
article Tuxedo residents sue town regarding casino gaming zone at Sterling Forest
(New York) -- Opponents of a casino coming to Tuxedo have filed a lawsuit against the town, challenging the process by which it created a special gaming zone within what...
article Editorial: Chasing the fool's gold of casino gambling
(New York) -- Yesterday, over 1,100 workers at the Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino Atlantic City received pink slips. The news was not unexpected in light of the...

7/14/2014

article Racino bill stirs controversy
(New York) -- A bill aimed at increasing gaming incentives and keeping racinos open further into the morning is being criticized for targeting problem gamblers.
article NY Times Warns of Casinos’ Financial Pitfalls
(New York) -- The New York Times has come out with an editorial that seriously questions the potential financial benefits of new casinos in upstate New York.
article NY's dependence on gaming revenue has grown over past two decades, says comptroller
(New York) -- As the state's Gaming Commission decides which of the 17 casino proposals will receive license from the state, a report by Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli...

7/13/2014

article Gambling on Casinos in New York
(New York) -- The timing is worthy of note. As trucks in Albany were unloading reams of documents describing 17 proposals for four new casinos in New York, Moody’s...

7/12/2014

article Insights: We bet the state has enough betting
(New York) -- Although nearly half the voters last November rejected permitting seven Las Vegas-type casinos in New York state, they lost and a decision on locating the...

7/10/2014

article Venture capitalist proposes $4.6B casino-and-motor-sports project in Jersey City
(New York) -- Developers have long salivated at the thought of building a casino in New York City. That may not be likely to happen. But a former CEO of Reebok is...
article Genting bets on New York casino gambling
(New York) -- Malaysian gaming giant Genting Group — stymied so far in its bid to bring casino gambling to Miami — is pushing hard in New York, where it is...
article The Nimble Or The Gigantic?
(New York) -- More than 12 tons of paper, the applications from 16 entities covering 17 separate casino projects, were delivered to the loading dock in Schenectady of...
article Editorial: Legal bets, legal bribes
(New York) -- The money pouring into the competition to build four casinos in New York should make even the most avid gambler uneasy. What New York is witnessing is...

7/9/2014

article The big picture: 17 New York casino applications posted online
(New York) -- Want to know more about the 17 applications to build casinos in upstate New York? The New York State Gaming Commission posted executive summaries of all...
article Casino rallies planned in Amsterdam
(New York) -- Pro- and anti-casino contingents in Montgomery County plan dueling downtown rallies on Wednesday. Supporters of the $250 million gaming hall development,...
article Casino summaries reveal additional details
(New York) -- Should Traditions at the Glen be awarded a casino license this fall, Broome County municipalities stand to gain more than $11 million in taxes each year.

7/8/2014

article NY casino siting board gets final two members
(New York) -- The state Gaming Commission on Monday appointed two more people with close political ties to Gov. Andrew Cuomo as the final members of the siting panel...
article Activist lawyer slams Orange casino plans
(New York) -- As six Orange County communities — lured by promises of big-bucks tax revenue — are entertaining proposals from gaming firms to host casinos, a...
article Casino plans put dial on the positive
(New York) -- Casino license bidders marketed their projects to the state aggressively, touting the power to retain young people, transform regions and set economic...
article Editorial: Most casinos will give, but some will take first
(New York) -- With two more friends of the governor now seated on the panel that will choose who gets a license for a casino in New York State, it is time to end the...
article Gaming Commission posts summaries of casino pitches
(New York) -- The state Gaming Facility Location Board on Tuesday published the executive summaries submitted with each of the 17 applications for the up to four...
article Casino company offers $36 million to South Blooming Grove for municipal work, other upgrades
(New York) -- South Blooming Grove's aging infrastructure will get a much-needed makeover if partners The Cordish Cos. and Penn National Gaming win a license to...
article South Blooming Grove sets public hearing on casino
(New York) -- The South Blooming Grove Village Board declared itself lead agency for the environmental review of The Cordish Companies and Penn National Gaming's...
article Caesars says proposed N.Y. resort would be leading East Coast home to World Series of Poker
(New York) -- Applicants for the four upstate New York casino licenses being granted this year are promising more jobs and tax revenue if they are allowed to develop...
article Genting promises $10M to Tuxedo Park if casino gets OK
(New York) -- The Village of Tuxedo Park will receive a one-time payment of $10 million if Genting Americas' planned casino comes to the Town of Tuxedo.

7/7/2014

article Picking the odds on casino plans' chances of winning
(New York) -- Seventeen horses have entered the race for a casino in upstate New York, and every entrant contends their stable holds the winning combination.
article Final 2 members of casino selection board chosen
(New York) -- A retired Westchester County attorney and a business development expert from Long Island are the two final members of the board that will choose the...
article Making It In New York
(New York) -- Last Monday, June 30, it must have felt like tax time at the Schenectady offices of the New York Gaming Commission. Seventeen developers filed last-minute...
article $11 million push for casinos
(New York) -- More than $11 million has been spent by casino interests to advance their agendas in Albany over the past two years, the New York Public Interest Research...
article $11M spent in New York by casino interests
(New York) -- Four upstate casinos are expected to boost economic development. So far, they've boosted the coffers of lobbyists and lawmakers' campaigns.
article Casino bidders spend $11M on lobbying and legislators
(New York) -- Companies involved in bidding for casino licenses in New York State spent nearly $11 million on lobbying and campaign donations in 2012 and 2013, and are...
article Casino lobbying is big money in NY: study
(New York) -- Gambling interests have sweetened the pot with more than $11 million in spending to influence state and local lawmakers on the building of casinos over the...
article Report looks at spending by casino gambling interests
(New York) -- Casino gambling interests spent $11 million over two years, including nearly $361,000 from David Flaum and nearly $109,000 from Wilmorite Corp. in...
article Group Fights Casino in Upstate New York
(New York) -- Opponents of a plan to put a Vegas-style casino near Albany want a crucial local resolution of support thrown out because it was adopted contrary to...
article $100M in tax breaks sought for Nevele casino
(New York) -- The Nevele Resort, Casino & Spa has applied to the Ulster County Industrial Development Agency for more than $100 million in tax breaks, including a...
article Casino company offers $36M to South Blooming Grove for municipal work, other upgrades
(New York) -- South Blooming Grove's aging infrastructure will get a much-needed makeover if partners The Cordish Cos. and Penn National Gaming win a license to...
article Greenetrack promises new police facility, sports centers in New Windsor
(New York) -- Greenetrack has agreed to pay for a new town police headquarters, a new gym for the town and a sports and aquatic center for the region if it is awarded a...

7/6/2014

article Ranked: Where is the casino need economically greatest?
(New York) -- Which proposed casino sites are in the most need of casinos, considering median income and poverty levels? 1 & 2 - Two resorts are proposed on...
article Debate about who should get casinos focusing on poverty
(New York) -- Statistics don't show a clear edge. Where in this region would a new casino resort help the most poor and unemployed people?

7/4/2014

article Casino Watch: Get to know your casino developers
(New York) -- Now that the field of potential casino developers of the Hudson Valley and Catskills has shrunk to nine, we want to tell you a little more about each of...
article Here are all the casino proposals
(New York) -- New York state has authorized up to four casino licenses to be divided among three regions: the Albany-Saratoga area, the Southern Tier-Finger Lakes region...
article OP/ED: Moody’s casino blues
(New York) -- Only a few weeks ago, Gov. Cuomo was raving about Moody’s Investors Service after it upgraded New York’s bond rating to its highest level in...
article New York racinos bet on extended hours
(New York) -- Visitors to New York's racetrack casinos may soon be able to gamble until the sun comes up under a proposal to let racinos stay open until 6 a.m.

7/3/2014

article New Jersey Gamblers Would Go to New York Casinos, Says Poll
(New Jersey) -- In the wake of this week’s 17-company New York State casino license filing, which we reported on earlier, comes good news/bad news, depending on if...
article Nassau OTB seeks firm to aid in picking mini-casino location
(New York) -- Nassau Regional Off-Track Betting wants to hire a firm to study locations the agency is considering for a mini-casino with 1,000 video slot machines and...

7/2/2014

article Here's who else is looking to build a casino in New York ...
(New York) -- New York state has authorized up to four casino licenses to be divided among three regions: the Albany-Saratoga area, the Southern Tier-Finger Lakes region...
article Genting boosts chances in Orange County
(New York) -- In its quest to further entrench its position in America, Genting Malaysia Bhd’s indirect wholly-owned subsidiary, RW Orange County LLC, has added a...
article Casino Free Tyre members hand-deliver opposition packet
(New York) -- Ten members of Casino Free Tyre drove 21⁄2 hours to Schenectady Tuesday to personally deliver a packet of information opposing a casino resort in the...
article Saratoga Casino And Raceway Files Application
(New York) -- Saratoga Casino and Raceway announced that it has signed a partnership agreement with the principals of Rush Street Gaming to own and operate the Hudson...

7/1/2014

article Mohegan Sun, Hard Rock, Caesars among companies rolling the dice with NY casino license bid
(New York) -- Among the 17 applications received by the New York State Gaming Commission ahead of its deadline this Monday were at least three companies familiar to...
article All casino bets are in: 17 license applications for upstate New York
(New York) -- Developers wanting to build 17 resort casinos in upstate New York met the June 30 deadline for submitting applications, according to the state Gaming...
article Bardavon, theater coalition form partnership with casinos on entertainment
(New York) -- A coalition that includes the Bardavon 1869 Opera House in Poughkeepsie has formed a partnership with applicants for casinos in the Catskills, Southern...
article Entertainment coalition nets majority of casino bidders
(New York) -- The Upstate Theater Coalition for a Fairgame said Tuesday that it has reached agreements with 10 of the 17 casino applicants seeking casino licenses in the...
article Industry outlook rated negative
(New York) -- On Monday, the vans of prospective casino developers dropped off boxes full of applications for four upstate gaming licenses. The same day, many of the...
article New York regulators receive 17 bids for casino licences
(New York) -- Gambling operators and real-estate developers submitted a total of 17 bids on Monday to obtain a casino licence in the US state of New York.
article Next step: Casino proposal evaluations begin in Albany
(New York) -- New York state officials began sifting through 17 competing casino proposals Tuesday, the start of a long evaluation process expected to last until the...
article Opponents on way to Albany area to fight Wilmorite casino proposal for Finger Lakes
(New York) -- Neighbors of the proposed Wilmorite casino along the NYS Thruway are on their way to Schenectady to file 140 pages of signatures and letters of opposition.
article Amsterdam ‘Ye$ Casino’ parade called off due to heat
(New York) -- A scheduled Tuesday afternoon parade organized to support the proposed casino outside Amsterdam has been cancelled due to anticipated high temperature.
article Heat forces postponement of casino parade
(New York) -- A parade planned to tout construction of a casino near Amsterdam was canceled because of the heat Tuesday. Residents of this city and neighboring town of...
article Caesars commits to $20M for Route 17 casino exit
(New York) -- Caesars Entertainment has pledged to spend at least $20 million to help reconfigure Route 17's Exit 131 interchange and fund other road improvements...
article Onondaga County Legislature approves spending casino money on Solvay, amphitheater with some objections
(New York) -- The Onondaga County Legislature on Tuesday voted to spend $2.5 million a year from a new casino revenue stream to build a new Onondaga Lake amphitheater...

6/30/2014

article Empire Resorts, Mohegan Sun file applications for casinos at former Concord site
(New York) -- Separate applications for casinos at the site of the former Concord resort were filed Monday by Empire Resorts Inc. and Mohegan Sun.
article 16 proposals for four upstate casinos
(New York) -- Sixteen proposals were submitted Monday from developers looking to build four casinos in three upstate areas: the Southern Tier, Albany area and the...
article 17 Companies File Casino Plans With New York State in Push for 4 Gambling Licenses
(New York) -- Seventeen companies on Monday unveiled lavish and increasingly expensive proposals for New York casino-resorts in communities from Albany to Tuxedo Park...
article All casino bidding teams seem to have delivered
(New York) -- The five bidding teams proposing casinos in the Capital Region and 11 others statewide have pulled off what many thought they couldn’t and furnished...
article Caesars submits Woodbury casino application
(New York) -- Caesars has submitted its formal application with New York State to develop a gaming casino in the Town of Woodbury.
article Casino applications due by 4 p.m. today
(New York) -- Applications for casino licenses are due to the state by 4 p.m. today. The Eastern Southern Tier region, which stretches from the Pennsylvania border...
article Cordish, Penn National file for New York casino license
(New York) -- The owner of Maryland Live casino — the state's largest and one of the top moneymaking casinos on the East Coast — and Penn National Gaming...
article Deadline arrives for NY casino applications
(New York) -- Forget fax machines or email attachments — developers hoping to build casinos in New York state are using boxes, binders and trucks to submit their...
article Deadline day for submission of casino proposals is here
(New York) -- Today, Monday, is the day formal gaming casino proposals are due to the state. Empire Resorts, which operates Monticello Casino and Raceway in Monticello,...
article Greenetrack submits casino application with Full House Resorts
(New York) -- Greenetrack Monday submitted its formal application for a gaming casino seeking a license to develop the Grand Hudson Casino and Resort adjacent to Stewart...
article New York casino application deadline brings big anticipation and heavy boxes
(New York) -- Hundreds of boxes filled with tens of thousands of documents were delivered today to the headquarters of the New York State Gaming Commission before a 4 p....
article Wilmorite, 15 others apply for casino license with New York State Gaming Commission
(New York) -- Wilmorite and 15 other developers met Monday's deadline to apply for one of four casino licenses in New York state.
article Detroit businessman to partner with Howe Caverns' bid for casino
(New York) -- The proposed Howe Caverns casino project now has a would-be operator of the gaming facility that would be sited off Exit 22 of Interstate 88 in Cobleskill...
article Michael Malik/Full House see Howe Caverns as a casino winner
(New York) -- The owners of Howe Caverns revealed Monday an operator has submitted a casino license bid and the gaming operator would be Full House Resorts and developer...
article Yonkers Raceway says no to Orange County casino
(New York) -- Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway could be one of the biggest losers if a casino is built in Orange County. Yonkers Raceway spokeswoman Taryn Duffy...

6/29/2014

article Local public remains split on casino location
(New York) -- Las Vegas. Atlantic City. Turning Stone. Foxwoods. Mohegan Sun. The Capital District. By the fall, following public presentations and an in-depth review,...
article Area casino plans due Monday
(New York) -- In November, 18,386 Rensselaer County residents voted in favor of allowing the state Legislature to authorize up to seven casinos in New York state, and 17...
article Bids Due Monday for Applicants Seeking Casino License
(New York) -- Monday is the deadline for casino bids to be turned in by applicants seeking an Upstate New York casino license. The state will grant licenses to four...
article Caesars Vies With Genting for New York Casino Licenses
(New York) -- The fight for four New York state casino licenses is set to intensify as operators including Caesars Entertainment Corp. (CZR:US) and Genting Bhd. (GENT)...
article Overview of Casino Proposals Expected to be Submitted Monday in the Capital Region
(New York) -- With applications due Monday for casino proposals, here's an overview of the Capital Region proposals. In the area, there are five proposals that we...
article Steve Israel: A tally of casino contender pluses, minuses
(New York) -- Let the competition begin. Monday is the deadline to submit applications for the nine projects vying for the one or two Hudson Valley/Catskills casino...
article Sullivan County May be the "Underdog," But Local Leaders Believe 2 Casinos Possible
(New York) -- When the Governor came to Bethel Woods, touting funding for schools and jobs for the Catskills after the casino referendum passed, the long suffering...
article East Greenbush Casino Opposers Hold Fundraiser for Lawsuit
(New York) -- Opposers of the casino proposal in East Greenbush are not giving up on their fight despite the proposal now heading to the state.
article My View: Gaming Commission chief's words reek of doublespeak
(New York) -- New York state Gaming Commission Acting Executive Director Robert Williams' carefully crafted letter regarding the fairness of the casino site...

6/28/2014

article Antitrust concerns raised by Schenectady casino opponent
(New York) -- David Giacalone, a retired lawyer who lives in the Stockade section of Schenectady, has spent a lot of time in the past few weeks fighting the possibility...
article Tyre casino foes unimpressed with latest proposal
(New York) -- A new name and an updated design for the planned casino in Tyre have not won over a group of town residents. The Lago Resort & Casino would cost $425...

6/27/2014

article Gambling all night? NY lawmakers approved letting racetrack casinos stay open till 6 a.m.
(New York) -- Visitors to New York's racetrack casinos may soon be able to gamble the night away under a proposal to let racinos stay open until 6 a.m. The measure...
article NEW YORK POST: The odds favor the house
(New York) -- When New Yorkers approved a ballot measure to open the state to Las Vegas-style gambling last year, the idea was that the benefits of seven new casinos...
article Anti-casino lawyer complains to AG about arts groups and antitrust
(New York) -- David Giacalone has spent a lot of the past few weeks fighting a casino in Schenectady. But on Friday he wrote to the Attorney General’s Office...
article Casino opponents file court challenge to East Greenbush vote
(New York) -- Members of the anti-casino group called Save East Greenbush sued on Thursday to block progress on the casino proposed by the leaders of Saratoga Casino and...
article Tuxedo Park trustees back casino
(New York) -- A divided Village Board voted Thursday to support a proposed casino less than five miles from its border. The 3-2 vote came the morning after Tuxedo Town...

6/26/2014

article Albany Supports No Casino
(New York) -- With the casino application deadline fast approaching in New York, the city of Albany is apparently not supporting any of the projects proposed for...
article Opponents of East Greenbush casino file Article 78 suit
(New York) -- The anti-casino group called Save East Greenbush said it sued on Thursday to block progress on the proposed casino planned by the leaders of Saratoga...
article Sheehan asks council to hold off casino endorsement
(New York) -- Capital Region casino development teams will have to submit their applications to the state next week without a message of support from the region's...
article Woodbury board backs casino plans
(New York) -- The Woodbury Town Board voted unanimously Wednesday night to support plans for a casino resort near the Harriman Metro-North station, giving Caesars...
article Wilmorite casino design changes don't change neighbors' minds
(New York) -- The neighbors of the proposed site for Wilmorite's Finger Lakes casino said design changes announced today do not change their position about living...
article County throws chips behind OTB-proposed casino
(New York) -- T he Washington County Board of Supervisors is throwing its chips behind an Off-Track Betting proposed gaming facility The board voted last Friday to...
article Tuxedo board votes 4-1 to OK Genting's proposal
(New York) -- The Town Board voted 4-1 at a special meeting Wednesday night to adopt a resolution in support of a proposed resort and casino.
article Tuxedo Park trustees back casino
(New York) -- A divided Village Board voted Thursday to support a proposed casino less than five miles from its border.

6/25/2014

article Sheehan: Not enough detail yet to support casino plans
(New York) -- Mayor Kathy Sheehan says none of the would-be casino developers proposing three major projects close to Albany has provided enough information for the city...
article Montgomery County plans pro-casino parade
(New York) -- While other groups have taken out ads or done press conferences, casino advocates in Montgomery County and Amsterdam plan a “pro-casino” parade...
article $425M Tyre casino has new name, partner, casino operator
(New York) -- The gambling mecca planned for Tyre in Seneca County has a new name, partner, casino operator and a more eye-popping investment figure.
article Tuxedo board ignores foes, OKs plan for gaming resort
(New York) -- Opponents of Genting Americas' proposal to build a 1.4 million-square-foot gaming resort in town spoke strongly against the project, but the Town Board...

6/24/2014

article Nevele supporters send off casino application in style
(New York) -- Terry and Mark Meade were just 18 and 21, respectively, when they schlepped up from Brooklyn to the Nevele back in 1965 as par of their week-long honeymoon.
article Albany officials looking for last-minute casino benefits pacts
(New York) -- With a virtual guarantee that no casino will be built in Albany County, city and county officials are busy negotiating last-minute pacts with would-be...
article Corey Ellis’s latest role: Albany/Rensselaer casino consultant
(New York) -- When some Albany city officials have fielded calls about nearby casino proposals in recent months, it’s been a familiar voice on the other end of the...
article Racinos losing money: Net income declines in 7 of 9, including Vernon Downs
(New York) -- Seven of the state’s nine racinos had a decline in net earnings from January through May, a trend that might continue once four new casinos are built...
article NYRA members brace for casino’s impact
(New York) -- It’s highly possible that Saratoga Race Course within two years could be competing for patrons with up to three new full-scale casinos in the Capital...

6/23/2014

article It's official: Casino developer will pursue license at Howe Caverns
(New York) -- The owner of Howe Caverns said today he has an agreement with a casino developer and operator that will pursue a state gambling license at the popular...
article Tuxedo Moves To Meet NY Gaming Commission June Deadline
(New York) -- Town of Tuxedo residents have a plateful of change to consider Monday and Tuesday as there will be two Public Hearings — one on gaming and one to...
article $40,000 casino jobs look like a good bet
(New York) -- The contracts negotiated by the major union expected to organize upstate gambling houses suggest that developers are not blowing smoke about annual average...

6/22/2014

article $40,000 casino jobs look like a good bet
(New York) -- The contracts negotiated by the major union expected to organize upstate gambling houses suggest that developers are not blowing smoke about annual average...
article Barry Lewis: Cuomo changed the rules for the casino game
(New York) -- Dear Gov. Cuomo, This is what you had in mind? Seriously, Andy — can I call you Andy? — you gotta help us out here in Sullivan County, because...
article The past overtakes the present in Saratoga Springs
(New York) -- "From New York City you drive north for about 175 miles, turn left on Union Avenue and go back 100 years," wrote sports columnist Red Smith about...

6/21/2014

article Clairvest, Great Canadian weigh next Amsterdam casino move
(New York) -- Montgomery County elected leaders have their fingers crossed that their development team will be able to compete for a Capital Region casino license after...
article BLOG: Gaming the Poor
(New York) -- In a referendum in November, voters approved as many as seven new casinos to join New York State’s existing nine gambling facilities.
article Resort VLT bill dead for 2014
(New York) -- Legislation to allow video lottery terminals at resorts in Ulster County is dead for 2014 after failing to make it to the floor of the state Assembly.

6/19/2014

article Developers propose Hard Rock Hotel and Casino on the Hudson River in Rensselaer, New York
(New York) -- The Chairman of Hard Rock International announced plans tonight to build a casino and hotel along the Hudson River across from downtown Albany, New York, a...
article Flaum teams with Hard Rock for Albany-area casino
(New York) -- In his latest attempt to win a casino license in New York, Rochester-area developer David Flaum announced tonight that he's teamed with Hard Rock...
article Hard Rock heads to Rensselaer
(New York) -- A proposed Hard Rock Hotel & Casino will be built at De Laet's Landing on the Hudson River if it wins the competition for the state's Capital...
article Proposed Rensselaer casino now includes Hard Rock
(New York) -- Hard Rock International was added as a collaborator Thursday to the proposed Rensselaer casino. The group behind the push to bring a casino to Albany, set...
article Asserting balance in the casino playing field
(New York) -- Acting Gaming Commission Director Robert Williams wrote a letter this week after some of the Sullivan County casino developers began pulling out of the...
article NY Senate appears unlikely to take up bill that would allow VLTs in Ulster County
(New York) -- Legislation that would allow video lottery terminals at resorts in Ulster County was headed to the floor of the Assembly on Friday after clearing two...
article Genting pitches casino bonus for town
(New York) -- Consultants for the town told nearly 100 residents Wednesday that they were negotiating a host community agreement with Genting Americas that they said...
article Casino companies show design to trustees
(New York) -- The casino resort partnership interested in building a casino in the Village of South Blooming Grove made a presentation Monday night to village trustees.
article Officials implore state to help keep casino bid alive
(New York) -- Officials from Montgomery County on Thursday implored state Gaming Commission staff to find a way to meet the the terms of a casino developer and operator...
article Anti-Greenbush casino group obtains strategy notes
(New York) -- Twenty-two pages of meeting notes from April and May regarding a casino project proposed here were obtained by an attorney representing the grass roots...
article Rensselaer casino plans to be unveiled
(New York) -- Plans for the proposed casino at DeLaet's Landing will be unveiled Thursday night at city hall. NYS Funding LLC will present plans for how its casino...

6/18/2014

article Bill to amend casino license eligibility emerges
(New York) -- A one-house bill emerged from the Assembly two days ago that would replace language in the existing legislation that permits casino licenses in upstate New...
article Orange County residents voice opposition to casinos
(New York) -- A group of Orange County residents decided to make heard their opposition to casinos in the county. Some 40 of them met Monday night to discuss reasons for...
article Citing economic turmoil, Gunther pushing for Sullivan County casino
(New York) -- Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther is urging the state gaming commission to choose a Sullivan County project – or two – when it names the four...
article State: Sullivan County a solid casino player
(New York) -- On the day Foxwoods Catskills Resort became the second Sullivan County casino project to withdraw because of Orange County competition, the head of the...
article Casino partners unveil plan for South Blooming Grove site
(New York) -- New renderings of the casino resort proposed in the village show an upscale boutique hotel, a spa, restaurants and a live entertainment and convention...
article Tuxedo Hired Consulting Firm: Proposed Casino Will Have Positive Impact
(New York) -- Town leaders and the community in Tuxedo, gathered to learn more about what impact the Sterling Forest Resort would have on their community.

6/17/2014

article Racinos push to offer more free plays, flex hours
(New York) -- Lobbyists associated with the state’s video lottery terminal operators are peppering lawmakers, trying to work an end-of-session deal into what is...
article Nevele boss says casino impossible if Orange County gets gaming hall
(New York) -- The head of the company that wants to operate a casino at the former Nevele resort in the Ulster County town of Wawarsing says his company’s plan...
article State denies favoring Orange County for casino
(New York) -- The decks aren't stacked, the state says. The state Gaming Commission on Tuesday disputed claims that the siting process for at least one Catskills...
article Exit 27 Casino Would Need Concessions From the State
(New York) -- Excitement was high after Monday's unveiling of the plans for an Exit 27 casino, but developers say they can only become a reality if the state cuts...
article Proposed $250 million casino near Amsterdam, New York gets local support
(New York) -- A proposed $250 million casino with a golf course, hotel and villas off New York state Thruway Exit 27 near Amsterdam won local support from Town of...
article Churchill: Down-and-out city hoping for a big casino score
(New York) -- The statistics are grim: Nearly a quarter of Amsterdam's population — and 40 percent of its children — live below the poverty line, and the...
article Former Gov. Paterson's affiliation with Greenetrack casino plan raises questions
(New York) -- Former Governor David Paterson is affiliated with the company that wants to build a casino near Stewart Airport - an association that raises questions...
article Officials for proposed East Greenbush casino announce labor pacts
(New York) -- Capital View Casino & Resort announced major labor agreements with the New York Hotel Trades Council and the Greater Capital Region Building &...

6/16/2014

article Photo: New image of proposed East Greenbush casino
(New York) -- The East Greenbush casino partnership — Saratoga Gaming and Racing and Churchill Downs Inc. — have released this new rendering of their...
article Tuxedo officials racing to meet deadline regarding Genting Americas' casino bid
(New York) -- As the June 30 casino application deadline approaches, town officials are racing to fulfill all the requirements that would allow Genting Americas to make...
article Wilmorite casino gamble: Boon or blight in small Finger Lakes town
(New York) -- Last November, the residents of the tiny town of Tyre at New York State Thruway Exit 41 voted 114 to 100 against a statewide gambling referendum.

6/15/2014

article Genting faces stiff fight
(New York) -- Despite winning local council approval in Montgomery, within New York State, last week, Genting Group is still facing an uphill battle for the coveted four...
article Israel: Official: Facts speak for why Sullivan needs casinos
(New York) -- These sure don't seem like facts any place wants to brag about: Sullivan County ranks first in the unemployment rate and last in per capita income of...
article Casino plan has strings / Amsterdam plan seeks concessions in fees reduction and time extensio
(New York) -- Officials in Montgomery County plan to test the flexibility of the New York Gaming Commission in the coming days in an 11th-hour move aimed at keeping...
article New Windsor schedules special meeting on casino
(New York) -- The Town Board has scheduled one more special meeting regarding the proposed Greenetrack casino project.

6/14/2014

article Ulster County wants off-track VLTs
(New York) -- As a state siting board prepares to select locations for four Las Vegas-style casinos in three regions of New York, including the Hudson Valley-Catskills,...
article Green pastures could become casino complex in Amsterdam
(New York) -- The rolling hills of Montgomery County may soon be the site of rolling dice if casino developers get their wish. The rural countryside near Thruway Exit 27...

6/13/2014

article 4 more upstate New York casino proposals get local approval weeks before applications are due
(New York) -- Four more upstate New York casino proposals have received approval from local officials. Wilmorite on Friday thanked officials in the town of Tyre in...
article Paterson advising casino despite past ‘bid-rigging’ scandal
(New York) -- David Paterson was caught up in a casino bid-rigging scandal when he was governor, and now he’s an adviser for a gambling operator vying to open a $...
article Genting gets support of Montgomery board for $500M casino in town
(New York) -- Genting Americas secured its second potential casino site in Orange County Thursday night, with less than three weeks left before state gaming license...
article East Greenbush approves casino resolution
(New York) -- With a unanimous vote of 5-0, the East Greenbush Town Board voted in favor of a site-specific resolution for a $300 million casino on Thompson Hill.
article Nevele project now shovel-ready, has bigger price tag
(New York) -- The Nevele casino site in Ulster County has completed a rigorous environmental review and has been cleared for what developers are now calling a $640...
article Details of casino host community agreement unveiled
(New York) -- Wilmorite and its subsidiary, Whitetail 414, will pay the town a variety of payments under terms of a host community agreement approved Thursday night.
article Tyre Town Board Approves Resolution Supporting Wilmot Casino
(New York) -- The Tyre Town Board in Seneca County unanimously approved a resolution to support construction of the proposed Wilmot Casino and Resort there.

6/12/2014

article Again, East Greenbush votes on casino proposal
(New York) -- The Town Board will hold its second controversial casino vote at 4:30 p.m. Thursday at town hall.
article East Greenbush board votes 5-0 in support of casino
(New York) -- The developers who are hoping to build a $300 million casino in East Greenbush got the official blessing from the community on Thursday night, a 5-0 vote...
article Schenectady County votes to support casino plans
(New York) -- The Schenectady County Legislature voted 13-0 to support the proposed $300 million Rivers Casino & Resort at Mohawk Harbor that a gaming operator and...

6/11/2014

article Competition For Casino Heats Up Along Mohawk
(New York) -- The competition for a casino along the Mohawk River is coming to the forefront as Schenectady County lawmakers support a project in the Electric City, and...
article VIP Structures building latest phase of Vernon Downs expansion
(New York) -- Syracuse-based VIP Structures broke ground this week on a parking garage and enclosed walkway project at Vernon Downs Casino and Hotel.
article Jeff Gural responds to Monday's remarks by Traditions Project
(New York) -- In response to Monday's remarks by the Traditions organization and Walsh family (http://www.wbng.com/news/local/Traditions-at-the-Glen-looking-to-...

6/10/2014

article Casino opponents file appeal
(New York) -- Casino Free Tyre is appealing Acting State Supreme Court Justice W. Patrick Falvey’s May 12 ruling dismissing the group’s request to declare...
article Team touts Exit 27 project
(New York) -- A formidable all-Canadian team has been assembled to capture a casino license that would help transform a destitute region at a Thruway stop a mile from...
article East Greenbush will vote Thursday on controversial casino
(New York) -- The East Greenbush Town Board will hold a special meeting Thursday, June 12 to vote on whether to support a controversial $300 million resort casino.
article Council votes to back casino
(New York) -- The City Council voted Monday night to back a resolution supporting a $350 million casino proposal that is a major part of a waterfront building project at...

6/9/2014

article NY racinos struggle in 2014
(New York) -- Revenue at seven of the state’s nine racinos was down during the first five months of the year compared to the same period in 2013, records show,...
article Enough votes on Schenectady council to support casino, official says
(New York) -- A majority of the Schenectady City Council tonight is expected to vote in favor of a resolution supporting a casino along the riverfront, a critical step...
article Schenectady City Council votes yes on casino
(New York) -- The Schenectady City Council voted yes on a Vegas-style casino 5-2. So many people attended a Monday night meeting that there were no seats left and people...
article More Expansion at Vernon Downs as Parking Garage Construction Begins
(New York) -- A new addition is coming to Vernon Downs Casino and Hotel. On Monday, casino officials broke ground for the facility's new parking garage. It marked...
article Traditions Introduces Player Rewards Program
(New York) -- Traditions at the Glen is launching a player rewards program as part of its proposal to win the Southern Tier casino gaming license.
article Proposed Hudson River casino clears local hurdle
(New York) -- A proposed casino on the Hudson River across from Albany has received approval from local officials. The Rensselaer Common Council voted June 5 in favor of...

6/8/2014

article Tioga Downs introduces 'All In' Coalition and new website
(New York) -- Flanked by over a dozen community leaders from Broome, Tioga and Chemung Counties of N.Y., and Bradford County in Pa., Jeff Gural, Tioga Downs' CEO,...

6/7/2014

article Racinos struggle in first five months of year
(New York) -- Revenue at seven of the state's nine racinos was down during the first five months of the year compared to the same period in 2013, records show.
article Bingo going bust in NY
(New York) -- Younger generations are choosing casinos and flashy slot machines over sitting in churches and centers waiting for a chance to yell "Bingo!" Over...

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