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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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5/27/2016

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

5/26/2016

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

5/25/2016

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

5/24/2016

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

5/23/2016

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

5/19/2016

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

5/17/2016

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

5/15/2016

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

5/13/2016

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

5/8/2016

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

5/7/2016

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

5/6/2016

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

4/29/2016

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

4/27/2016

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

4/25/2016

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

4/24/2016

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

4/20/2016

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

4/18/2016

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

4/12/2016

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

4/11/2016

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

4/9/2016

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

4/8/2016

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

4/7/2016

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

4/6/2016

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

4/5/2016

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

4/4/2016

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

4/3/2016

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

4/2/2016

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

4/1/2016

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

3/31/2016

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

3/30/2016

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

3/29/2016

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

3/28/2016

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

3/27/2016

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

3/26/2016

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

3/25/2016

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

3/24/2016

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

3/23/2016

article Casino border war shaping up between New York and New Jersey
(New York) -- Donald Trump and other Atlantic City casino interests in 1997 spent a lot of money on a lobbying campaign to help kill a plan that would have allowed...
article Bills threaten VLT facility
(New York) -- A bill intended to prevent the installation of electronic gaming machines on Long Island was introduced in the State Senate on March 17.
press release Rally Against Long Island’s Casino Roulette at Belmont Park
(New York) -- “No Casino at Belmont Park” a grassroots organization against the VLT parlor at Belmont Park, proposed by Nassau OTB, will be holding a rally...
article Casino developers to help pay wastewater system upgrade cost
(New York) -- The town’s wastewater collection system needs millions of dollars in upgrades and new infrastructure. However, the developers of del Lago Resort...
article Casino operator abruptly drops plans for 80-foot pylon sign
(New York) -- Rush Street Gaming has scrapped its plan to build a controversial 80-foot pylon sign at the Front Street entrance to the $330 million casino. Plans to...

3/22/2016

article Online Poker Regulation Part Of New York Senate Budget Bill
(New York) -- New York’s Senate has included language that would regulate online poker in its overarching budget bill, the latest signal that internet gaming is...

3/21/2016

article Court upholds dismissal of Concord casino lawsuit by developer Cappelli
(New York) -- A federal appeals court has upheld a lower court’s dismissal of a lawsuit by Louis Cappelli's Concord Associates that claimed Empire Resorts and...
article Cermak: Gambling was immoral, now it's lauded for revenue
(New York) -- While pondering the deluge of 1,169 slot machines at the incoming Schenectady casino, I couldn't help recall my first encounter with the one-armed...

3/19/2016

article Judge hears Lago support arguments from IDA
(New York) -- An error of law. Arbitrary. Capricious. An abuse of discretion. Null, void and unenforceable. Attorney Edward Barnidge used those words in state Supreme...

3/18/2016

article Casino Conspiracy Ignored Elephant in the Room
(New York) -- With Atlantic City luring the same customers, the would-be developers of a Catskills "racino" cannot sustain a conspiracy action against the...
article Rush Street Gaming releases new renderings of Rivers Casino
(New York) -- On Wednesday, leaders of the future Rivers Casino and Resort in Schenectady shared a sneak peek inside of the $330 million project at Mohawk Harbor...
article 2nd Circ. Affirms Dismissal Of NY Casino Antitrust Suit
(New York) -- The Second Circuit unanimously upheld a lower court’s dismissal of a group of developers’ lawsuit against alleged rivals to their casino...
article NY Senate Budget Addresses Racing Issues
(New York) -- The New York State Senate budget resolution for fiscal 2016-17 includes a few recommendations for protecting revenue for the horse racing industry given...

3/17/2016

article Casino project, Stewart's on Schenectady planning agenda
(New York) -- The Planning Commission on Wednesday will consider approving site plans for a new Stewart's shop on Broadway in Bellevue and review a proposal by the...
article New $330 million Schenectady casino will let (some) light shine in
(New York) -- Certain gamblers at the $330 million Rivers Casino and Resort being built in Schenectady will see something unusual for a betting palace: daylight.
article Officials update plans for Rivers Casino & Resort project
(New York) -- With less than a year until the Rivers Casino & Resort and Mohawk Harbor will open, excitement is growing in the Capital Region, especially within the...
article Western Regional Off-Track Betting Corp. wagering on Batavia Downs expansion
(New York) -- A new entranceway, expanded restaurant seating and gaming floor may be in the offing for Batavia Downs.
article Bid to kill video slots on Long Island gets a boost
(New York) -- A bid to kill electronic slot machines on Long Island got a boost Thursday when a lawmaker introduced a bill in the state Senate to do so. The action by...
article Suffolk OTB mulls alternative sites for video lottery casino
(New York) -- Suffolk Regional Off-Track Betting Corp. is considering “two or three” alternatives to the planned site in Medford for its video slot casino,...

3/16/2016

article Casino project, Stewart's on Schenectady planning agenda
(New York) -- The Planning Commission on Wednesday will consider approving site plans for a new Stewart's shop on Broadway in Bellevue and review a proposal by the...
article Construction at Rivers Casino Ahead of Schedule
(New York) -- Construction on the Rivers Casino in Schenectady is moving along ahead of schedule and Tuesday, Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul got a look at the progress.
article Finger Lakes Gaming and Racetrack — a look back
(New York) -- Here's a recap of some of the issues and events that have triggered alarm at one of Ontario County's key economic engines — Finger Lakes...

3/12/2016

article City, County To Receive Millions Before Schenectady Casino Opens
(New York) -- The City of Schenectady will receive millions from its new casino even before the project begins operating. The Daily Gazette reports the city will get an...

3/11/2016

article FIRST PAYMENT DELIVERED: Casino officials pay $50M fee to state for gaming license
(New York) -- Fifty million dollars. That’s how much del Lago Resort & Casino officials forked over to the state Thursday. And, exactly one-fifth of the fee...
article Lago submits $50M license for casino
(New York) -- The del Lago Resort & Casino in the Finger Lakes this week said it submitted a $50 million license fee payment to the state as it continues...

3/10/2016

article $50M casino license fee to be paid by del Lago; $5 million to Seneca County, Tyre
(New York) -- Ten percent of a $50 million fee paid by del Lago Resort & Casino on Wednesday will be shared by the town of Tyre and Seneca County.
article Big paycheck coming to Schenectady long before casino opens
(New York) -- The $330 million Rivers Casino & Resort won't open for another year in Schenectady, New York, but the city will soon receive a fat lump-sum check...
article 2 trustees unopposed in Floral Park race
(New York) -- Village of Floral Park voters will have two unopposed trustees on the ballot when they go to the polls Tuesday. Trustee Archie Cheng and Deputy Mayor Kevin...

3/9/2016

article Del Lago pays $50 million casino license fee; Seneca County, Tyre will get $5M
(New York) -- Seneca County and the town of Tyre will share 10 percent of a $50 million fee paid Wednesday by del Lago Resort & Casino. The payment, which was...

3/8/2016

article Last to get state nod, Tioga Downs could be first casino to open: owner
(New York) -- The Tioga Downs casino in the Southern Tier might have been the last to get state support but it's owner says it may be the first to open. "There...
article Tioga Downs could lap competitors in race to open casino
(New York) -- Though three other upstate casinos got a year’s head start, Tioga Downs could turn its first card before those competitors if work continues on its...

3/6/2016

article Expansion celebrated at Tioga Downs casino in Southern Tier
(New York) -- The Tioga Downs casino in the Southern Tier is celebrating progress on its expansion project. Tioga is holding a "topping off" ceremony Monday to...

3/5/2016

article Saratoga harness track turns 75
(New York) -- Charlie Hoffman started working at the old Saratoga Harness in 1946, selling $2 show bets at the nation's first parimutuel track for horse racing....

3/4/2016

article Appellate Court denies injunction that would have halted casino work
(New York) -- Casino construction can continue — for now, at least. The Fourth Judicial Department of the state’s Appellate Court in Rochester denied a...
article Developers rename Seneca County casino 'del Lago'
(New York) -- The developers of a Seneca County casino have announced a new name for the project. Operators of the project in Tyre have changed the name from Lago to del...

3/3/2016

article CNY casino changes its name
(New York) -- The Lago Resort & Casino hasn't opened yet, and it's already undergoing a name change. The casino's developer has added one word, three letters long,...
article Cermak: Schenectady casino street names need to be local
(New York) -- All this fuss over naming streets at the new casino plantation got me thinking about an updated slogan for Schenectady. Gone are the decades when...
article Montreign license becomes effective
(New York) -- The state license for the Montreign casino and resort is official, so the clock starts for the project to be up and running in two years.
article Tioga Downs to Host Additional Dealer Admission Fair Friday
(New York) -- After nearly one hundred dealer applicants packed Tioga Downs last weekend, the racino is gearing up for another opportunity for interested parties to...

3/2/2016

article N.Y. boosts help for problem gamblers
(New York) -- The state Gaming Commission is attacking problem gambling by increasing regulations to prevent addiction. The new push includes plans to expand self-...
article Problem-gambling rules proposed for new upstate casinos
(New York) -- State regulators say they are taking steps to combat problem gambling at casinos now being built in upstate New York. The New York State Gaming Commission...

3/1/2016

article NY boosts help for problem gamblers
(New York) -- The state Gaming Commission is attacking problem gambling by increasing regulations to prevent addiction. The new push includes plans to expand self-...
article State eyes tightening ‘self-exclusion’ rules for compulsive gamblers
(New York) -- The state is looking to centralize the “balkanized” ways in which compulsive gamblers can voluntarily cut off their admission to casinos and...

2/29/2016

article Suffolk OTB Finalizing Casino Plans Amid Opposition
(New York) -- The bankrupt Suffolk OTB is trying to get its plan for a Video Lottery Terminal casino in Medford finalized before a Bankruptcy Court hearing in April....
article State moves toward more rigorous 'self-exclusion' for problem gamblers
(New York) -- Members of the state Gaming Commission on Monday approved the creation of a statewide "self-exclusion" list of problem gamblers who elect to be...

2/22/2016

article Street names for Schenectady casino waterfront project being debated
(New York) -- What’s in a name? Apparently a lot when it comes to the $480 million casino mixed-use waterfront development project taking shape along the banks of...

2/21/2016

article Empire Resorts' largest shareholder buys nearly $290M of additional shares
(New York) -- Empire Resorts' largest shareholder has purchased nearly $290 million worth of additional shares via a recent rights offering, making it the...

2/18/2016

article Latest court date set for casino arguments
(New York) -- Oral arguments in the Article 78 petition filed in January by Casino Free Tyre against the Seneca County Industrial Development Agency and others over the...

2/16/2016

article Naming of streets for $480M waterfront development/casino to be debated
(New York) -- City Councilman Vince Riggi has concerns about a proposal to create new streets that will be a part of Rivers Casino & Resort at Mohawk Harbor. The $...

2/15/2016

article Rivers Casino accepting job applications
(New York) -- Rivers Casino in Schenectady is one step closer to opening its doors. The casino is accepting job applications. Most of the listed positions are in...

2/13/2016

article Projection: Smaller revenue for planned Belmont casino
(New York) -- A proposed video lottery casino at Belmont Park would generate $44 million less in revenue than had been projected for a Westbury VLT casino site that was...
article Schenectady casino kicks off hiring
(New York) -- The future Rivers Casino and Resort at Mohawk Harbor in Schenectady has posted some available jobs online, kicking off the search for more than a thousand...

2/11/2016

article Company with ties to Cuomo aims to push electronic gambling into airports
(New York) -- A company with deep ties to Gov. Cuomo is planning to bring electronic gaming — including a digital version of the New York Lottery — to JFK...
article Casino Free Tyre files another lawsuit
(New York) -- Casino Free Tyre members have launched another Article 78 proceeding involving Lago Resort & Casino. This one, filed Monday in state Supreme Court of...
article Letter: Gambling not a way to save economy
(New York) -- Long Island needs real economic development, not expansion of the state’s addiction to predatory gambling revenue [“Relief at casino site shift...
article Should You Gamble on a Home Near a Casino?
(New York) -- At the end of 2015, New York approved licenses for three large-scale casino resorts across the state. At least one -- the Montreign in the Catskills, with...

2/10/2016

article Casino Free Tyre targets tax exemptions for Seneca County casino
(New York) -- A group fighting against a casino coming to Seneca County is speaking out against tax exemptions given to the developers. Casino Free Tyre says it has...
article Cuomo’s buddy aims to push electronic gambling into airports
(New York) -- A company with deep ties to Gov. Cuomo is planning to bring electronic gaming — including a digital version of the New York Lottery — to JFK...

2/9/2016

article Airport Gambling Could Soon Become a Reality
(New York) -- Airports are always looking for new income streams. The humble food court counters and generic airport bars have given way to mall-like settings with shops...
article Online Poker Bill Back in New York
(New York) -- New York Assemblyman Gary Pretlow has re-introduced a bill to allow online poker in the state. The bill would classify poker as a game of skill, and not a...

2/5/2016

article Moody's: Lago casino will "cannabilize" market
(New York) -- A new Finger Lakes casino will have an advantage over existing gambling facilities because it will have table games and a better tax rate, a report Friday...
article Rivers Casino & Resort Construction Goes According to Plan
(New York) -- When it comes to gambling legislation, New York officials seem really cautious and it is not surprising that they were willing to iron out all details...
article Sullivan’s destination resort, more than just a casino, is taking shape
(New York) -- Most of the attention so far has been on the Montreign Resort Casino going up in Kiamesha Lake, but that is one component of the bigger project, Adelaar, a...

2/4/2016

article Schenectady casino set to open in March 2017
(New York) -- Rush Street Gaming CEO Greg Carlin along with elected officials and top executives from his firm and Galesi Group donned hard hats and hoisted shovels of...
article N.Y. Legislation Would Halt OTB Casino Plans
(New York) -- A New York lawmaker, sharply critical of the Nassau Off-Track Betting Corp. bid to try to locate a casino at Belmont Park racetrack, has introduced a...
article Belmont casino plan draws dueling rallies
(New York) -- Opponents and supporters of Nassau Regional Off-Track Betting Corp.’s plans for a video casino at Belmont Park held back-to-back rallies at the...
article New trustee to lead Floral Park train task force
(New York) -- The Village of Floral Park has resurrected a committee to address concerns about plans for a third Long Island Rail Road track and tapped its newest...

2/3/2016

article Construction Underway at Soon-to-Be Schenectady Casino
(New York) -- Another chapter in the Electric City's history begins. "For me it's euphoric. It's always so gratifying to see shovels in the ground and a...
article Rivers Casino Breaks Ground
(New York) -- Construction on the Rivers Casino and Resort in Schenectady will start Wednesday. The $330 million project got the green light last December.
article Judge rules in favor of casino project
(New York) -- For the second time, Acting State Supreme Court Justice W. Patrick Falvey has ruled that the town of Tyre followed proper procedure in issuing a...

2/2/2016

article Anti-casino suit against Lago is dismissed
(New York) -- Developers of the planned Lago resort and casino in Tyre, Seneca County have beat back another legal challenge, with a county Supreme Court judge upholding...
article Judge Dismisses Lago Resort and Casino Lawsuit
(New York) -- A Judge dismissed a lawsuit filed by a group hoping to block a casino from being built in Tyre, Seneca County. It's the latest in a series of lawsuits...

2/1/2016

article Thousands of people stage opposing rallies to voice opinion for and against proposed Belmont Park expansion
(New York) -- Saturday was a busy day for Elmont where two opposing rallies took place. The first one was made of people showing their support for the proposed gaming...
article Letters: No casino at Belmont Park
(New York) -- Thank you, columnist Joye Brown, for “Long-shot odds for OTB future” [News column, Jan. 14]. Finally, someone who makes sense!

1/31/2016

article Belmont Park Casino Supporters and Opponents Hold Rivaling Rallies
(New York) -- Proponents and opponents of the addition of video lottery terminals at Belmont Park in Elmont, New York each staged a rally on Saturday to support their...
article Proposed Belmont casino’s opponents, supporters rally
(New York) -- Hundreds of people rallied outside Belmont Park Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016, in the second large protest this month against a planned video gambling parlor at...

1/30/2016

article Proposed Belmont casino’s opponents, supporters rally [video]
(New York) -- Hundreds of people rallied outside Belmont Park Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016, in the second large protest this month against a planned video gambling parlor at...

1/28/2016

article GOP legislators turn away anti-casino bill
(New York) -- Amid shouting from backers and opponents of plans for a video casino at Belmont Park, Nassau County legislators Monday declined to vote on a bill to...
article Suffolk OTB may build casino in Islandia Marriot Hotel, not Medford
(New York) -- Brookhaven Town officials and Medford civic leaders on Thursday expressed relief that Suffolk Off-Track Betting may be diverting its plans for a 1,000...

1/27/2016

article Suffolk OTB may move video slot casino to Islandia, sources say
(New York) -- Suffolk Off-Track Betting Corp., mired by lawsuits and opposition in Brookhaven, are seriously considering moving their planned 1,000-video slot machine...

1/26/2016

article Gaming Facility Location Board gives formal OK to Tioga Downs casino
(New York) -- The New York Gaming Facility Location Board today gave its formal imprimatur to Tioga Downs Casino Racing & Entertainment to develop a full-fledged...
article Proposed Southern Tier casino moves closer to final decision
(New York) -- A proposed Las Vegas-style casino in the Southern Tier is moving closer to a final decision. The board that recommended a full casino license for Tioga...

1/25/2016

article East Greenbush plays a new hand in casino vote
(New York) -- Even though the state Gaming Commission locating board said no to a proposed Thompson Hill Road casino more than a year ago, members of a new town...
article Belmont Park casino plan stirs debate at Nassau legislature
(New York) -- Opponents of a planned video gambling parlor at Belmont Park pressed the Nassau County Legislature’s Republican majority Monday to consider a...

1/24/2016

article New York Online Poker Bill Reintroduced by State Assemblyman Gary Pretlow
(New York) -- New York online poker has returned to Albany, thanks to Assemblyman Gary Pretlow (D-District 89) reintroducing AB9049 to the state’s legislature....

1/21/2016

article Casino hotel changes pass, plans for Dunkin’ Donuts and apartment building delayed
(New York) -- The luxury hotel connected to the $330 million Rivers casino will now feature 163 more rooms, 13 more parking spaces, and a remodeled pool.
article Floral Park mayor touts efforts against Belmont casino
(New York) -- Floral Park Mayor Thomas Tweedy on Tuesday praised the strong response from village residents who came out in numbers to decry the Nassau Regional Off-...

1/19/2016

article Democrats in Nassau legislature file bill to remove OTB board
(New York) -- Nassau Legis. Carrié Solages has filed a bill to remove the board of the Nassau Regional Off-Track Betting Corp. and replace them with opponents of a...
article Brookhaven: Suffolk OTB casino plan is 'incomplete'
(New York) -- The Town of Brookhaven says plans for a Suffolk OTB gambling parlor in Medford are incomplete. Officials say the rejected plans lacked information on...
article Vernon Downs says race for gaming customers far from over
(New York) -- Vernon Downs was the only racetrack in the state with video lottery terminals to experience a decrease in 2015 on the gaming machines.

1/17/2016

article Montreign owner selling shares
(New York) -- With a gaming license in hand and the backing of a casino magnate, Empire Resorts is raising hundreds of millions of dollars to build the Montreign Resort...

1/16/2016

article Batavia Downs’ net VTL winnings outpace Saratoga, Resorts World and Empire City casinos
(New York) -- Stacked up, there’s no competition. Across the nine state gaming facilities, Batavia Downs Gaming posted the largest growth, passing $50 million in...
article Finger Lakes track may get tax parity with new casino
(New York) -- With competition from a nearby casino looming, Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack may end up with a better tax structure. Gov. Andrew Cuomo proposed in...

1/14/2016

article Video gambling spurs Belmont border battle
(New York) -- A proposal to bring video gambling terminals to Belmont Park in Nassau County is starting to cause some unrest on the Queens side of the border.
article Finger Lakes track may get tax parity with new casino
(New York) -- With competition from a nearby casino looming, Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack Racing may end up with a better tax structure.

1/13/2016

article Local residents protest proposed casino at Belmont Park
(New York) -- The communities surrounding Belmont Park are prepared to go to court to fight a proposed video lottery terminal casino at the track. Thomas Tweedy, the...
article Rally held against casino proposed for Belmont Park
(New York) -- A protest was held on Long Island Tuesday night over plans to bring a casino to the Belmont Park Racetrack. Residents in neighboring communities came...

1/12/2016

article Thousands protest Belmont Park VLT proposal
(New York) -- Opponents of the plan to add video lottery terminals to Belmont Park rallied in Floral Park Tuesday evening. "We say ‘no casino,’"...
article As competition looms, NY’s racinos post strong year
(New York) -- The state’s nine racetracks with video-lottery terminals all, except one, had a strong 2015 as they face competition soon from three upstate casinos...
article Churchill Downs investment provides funds as racino expands
(New York) -- Churchill Downs Inc.'s recent $24 million equity investment into the Saratoga Casino and Raceway appears to have helped the Saratoga Springs racino...
article Citizens Bank financing $39 million Saratoga Casino expansion
(New York) -- Citizens Bank is providing a $15 million construction loan to Saratoga Casino and Raceway for its $39 million expansion that includes a new hotel and a...
article Saratoga Casino secures financing for $39.3 million expansion
(New York) -- Saratoga Casino and Raceway has secured a $15 million construction loan from Citizens Bank to help finance a $39.3 million expansion. The casino and...

1/10/2016

article Three new casinos under construction get licenses
(New York) -- State gambling regulators approved licenses on Dec. 21 for three new casinos under construction in the Catskills, Schenectady and the Finger Lakes.
article Editorial: Pols must ensure safety near a Belmont casino
(New York) -- Anthony Santino, the new Hempstead Town supervisor, spoke out last week in favor of the proposal to build a 1,000-machine gambling parlor at Belmont Park.

1/8/2016

article Rivers Casino owner signs professional poker player as adviser
(New York) -- Rush Street Gaming, the Chicago-based owner of the recently approved Rivers Casino in Schenectady, New York, has signed a deal with professional poker...

1/7/2016

article Hempstead Supervisor Anthony Santino backs Belmont casino plan
(New York) -- New Hempstead Town Supervisor Anthony Santino on Thursday endorsed a plan for a video gambling parlor at Belmont Park while Rep. Gregory Meeks declared his...

1/6/2016

article Lago opponents won’t stand down
(New York) -- Think back to two summers ago. It’s 2013, before the New York state referendum making casino gambling legal. David Blankenhorn, founder of the...

1/5/2016

article Rep. Kathleen Rice opposes Belmont VLT casino
(New York) -- Opposition to a video gambling parlor at Belmont Racetrack grew Tuesday, as Rep. Kathleen Rice called the project “not in the community’s best...
article OP/ED: State will benefit from casinos but so must locals
(New York) -- Amid legitimate concerns about gaming proliferation in New York, three upstate casinos received their licenses last week, continuing a laborious process...

1/4/2016

article Catskill Confidential: Building permit issued for Sullivan casino
(New York) -- Minutes after the Montreign Resort Casino at Adelaar received its long-awaited casino license on Dec. 21, Manny Pearlman, chairman of the board of...
article Floral Park neighbors take casino fight to Legislature
(New York) -- Opponents of the proposed video gambling facility at Belmont Park took their fight to the Nassau County Legislature on Monday. During lawmakers' first...
article Jonathan Drapkin: Managing casino expectations
(New York) -- Lofty resolutions are a tradition at the start of a new year. But a few resolutions must be well-grounded in reality – such as those that come along...

1/3/2016

article Belmont Park eyed for New York's next VLT casino
(New York) -- Nassau County, New York's Off-Track Betting has officially determined Belmont Park is the best place to open a Video Lottery Terminal (VLT) casino.

1/2/2016

article New revenue in evolving market
(New York) -- New York is poised to diversify its gambling revenue streams yet again in an ever-shifting market. State regulators recently licensed three new casinos in...
article Ruling on Medford, New York gaming parlor suit awaited by Suffolk OTB
(New York) -- Plans for a Medford electronic gambling parlor have been submitted by the Suffolk Regional Off-Track Betting Corp. to the Town of Brookhaven. Meanwhile,...
article Hundreds sign petition against Belmont gaming facility
(New York) -- Some Nassau residents are betting against a plan to build a video lottery gaming facility at the Belmont Park race track. More than 1,000 people have...
article Nassau Regional OTB announces casino plans for Belmont Park
(New York) -- This week Nassau Regional Off-Track Betting Corp. (OTB) announced that their choice for a slots parlor location would be the legendary Belmont Park, a...

12/31/2015

article Seneca County board reaffirms casino support
(New York) -- For at least the fourth time, the Seneca County Board of Supervisors has unanimously approved a resolution of support for the Lago Resort & Casino in...

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