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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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7/31/2015

article Casino Compliance Questioned
(New York) -- “The ruling in our favor was a ruling that vacated all six of the resolutions passed (by the town of Tyre),” said Desiree Dawley. The Dawleys,...

7/30/2015

article Seneca supervisors may ask other counties for Lago support
(New York) -- Seneca County supervisors may ask their counterparts elsewhere in the region to back the proposed Lago Resort & Casino in Tyre. At their committee...

7/26/2015

article Editorial: Schenectady commission still operating in shadows over casino
(New York) -- That’s the link to the state Committee on Open Government website. On the site can be found copies of the state's Open Meetings Law and Freedom...
article LETTER: Casino job fair misled people seeking work
(New York) -- Rush Street Gaming is off to a pretty poor start. First, they replaced the original plan with the same casino they have built in other states,...

7/24/2015

article Thumbs down: Lago casino project deals another joker
(New York) -- As the cards get dealt for the casino development in the region, the deck has included plenty of jokers. The latest wild card emerged from the hand held by...
article New casino design passes ahead of construction
(New York) -- A more modern design has passed a muster after a nod to the history of the site fell flat. The Old Red Brick design meant to evoke the industrial past of...
article Rivers Casino designs approved
(New York) -- Rush Street Gaming received approval from the city planning commission Wednesday for the design of their a proposed $300 million-plus casino and hotel on...

7/23/2015

article Harmless fun? Bus takes Bronxites to 'racino'
(New York) -- On a Wednesday afternoon, two good friends boarded a small private air-conditioned bus at West 231st Street and Broadway bound for the nearby Empire City...

7/22/2015

article Owner fires back against efforts to block Tioga Downs' gaming license
(New York) -- While issuing support for the Lago Resort & Casino, the Seneca County Board of Supervisors effectively asked the State of New York not to grant a full...
article Schenectady casino operator to seek approval of new look gambling hall
(New York) -- Last month, when the design consultant for Rush Street Gaming appeared before the Schenectady Planning Commission, it was something a mea culpa moment....
article Schenectady casino wins approval from Planning Commission
(New York) -- The city Planning Commission approved the site plan for the $330 million Rivers Casino despite complaints from a few residents and disagreement among some...

7/21/2015

article Seneca County calls on NY to protect planned casino
(New York) -- Seneca County is urging New York State to grant the proposed Lago Resort and Casino exclusive gaming rights in a 90-mile circle, a zone that would threaten...
article Tour a peek at Mohawk Harbor early construction
(New York) -- The din of heavy machinery penetrating 55 feet deep into the dirt with mammoth steel columns is resounding proof that a swath on the southeastern corner of...
article Tyre Casino Stalled
(New York) -- A Second Circuit court judge has ruled that the town of Tyre improperly granted the site permit to the Lagos Resort last year, because the SEQRA –...

7/19/2015

article 1,000 attracted to Rivers Casino job fair in Schenectady
(New York) -- Upwards of 1,000 people flocked to Schenectady County Community College Saturday, seeking information on the 1,200 jobs expected to become available at...
article Despite casino setback, developer committed to city
(New York) -- The Albany-area developer who announced and then canceled plans to bid for a casino license in the City of Binghamton says the events earlier this month...

7/18/2015

article Casino owners look to hire locally first
(New York) -- The owners of a new casino complex planned for Schenectady will need 1,200 workers, and will try to hire local residents first, its manager said Friday....
article Hundreds attend job fair for yet to be built Schenectady casino
(New York) -- Rivers Casino hosted a job fair Saturday at the Schenectady County Community College. Hundreds of job seekers showed up -- but they couldn't hand in a...

7/17/2015

article Schenectady casino trying to connect with local firms
(New York) -- The operators of a casino planned near the Mohawk River are holding a day full of meetings with companies that want to do business with the casino. The...
article Vendors seek business with Rivers Casino in Schenectady
(New York) -- Alan Baker is hoping to one day make Rivers Casino one of his clients. Baker, founder of Creative Marketing Concepts, a promotional marketing firm in...

7/16/2015

article Seneca County board reaffirms support for Lago project
(New York) -- Though not on Tuesday’s agenda, the Seneca County Board of Supervisors unanimously reaffirmed its support for the Lago Resort & Casino proposed...
article Tyre to discuss next steps in Lago project
(New York) -- The Town Board tonight will discuss what to do next in light of Friday’s court decision that nullified its approval of Lago Resort & Casino...
article Rush Street Gaming holds casino job and vendor fair
(New York) -- Heard the radio commercial featuring Mayor Gary McCarthy touting the 1,200 jobs Rivers Casino will ostensibly create when it opens? The Democrat then...
article Brookhaven sends OTB list of casino concerns
(New York) -- The Town of Brookhaven is voicing concerns to the Suffolk OTB about a controversial plan to build a video lottery terminal in Medford.

7/14/2015

article Local leaders want to get Finger Lakes casino back on track
(New York) -- Local officials in the Finger Lakes sound hopeful they can get a proposed $425 million casino back on track after an appeals court threw out its site plan.
article Schenectady casino wants to hire 1,200
(New York) -- Rush Street Gaming is reaching out to various community organizations in the Capital Region to let them know about the job opportunities it plans to offer...
article Saratoga Casino and Raceway is set to reopen The Lodge
(New York) -- The Saratoga Casino and Raceway is refurbishing and reopening The Lodge, a historic building located behind its main gaming facility.

7/13/2015

article Court Rules Against Developer in Battle Over Upstate New York Casino
(New York) -- A group fighting a casino proposal in a rural upstate town won a legal victory on Friday when an appellate court ruled that the town board had violated the...
article Work suspended at proposed NY casino site after court ruling
(New York) -- Construction at the site of a proposed $425 million casino in the Finger Lakes has been suspended after an appeals court voided its local approval plan....
article Critics hope court ruling dooms proposed casino in Finger Lakes region
(New York) -- Local critics of a proposed Finger Lakes casino are hoping that a weekend court decision will prevent the gambling facility from ever opening its doors.
article Work suspended at proposed Finger Lakes casino site after court ruling
(New York) -- Construction at the site of a proposed $425 million casino in the Finger Lakes has been suspended after an appeals court voided its local approval plan....
article Sullivan casino plans to boost size, luxury
(New York) -- The Montreign Resort Casino just got bigger and swankier - before construction has even begun. The casino at the former Concord Resort property off Exit...

7/12/2015

article Gural doubles down on casino license
(New York) -- The race for the last upstate casino license has just one runner — a blunt-talking real estate tycoon trying his luck for a second time in New York...
article Court voids site plan for Finger Lakes casino
(New York) -- A mid-level appeals court on Friday complicated efforts to bring a $425 million casino to the Finger Lakes by voiding its local site plan approval.
article Chris Churchill: Let's be honest about the (redesigned) Schenectady casino
(New York) -- The Schenectady casino will no longer look like a Target. That's progress.

7/11/2015

article Latest casino look: ‘New Schenectady’
(New York) -- Rush Street Gaming changed the facade of Schenectady’s proposed casino again to reflect “the new Schenectady,” instead of “the old...
article New Schenectady casino design: How "brick" became a four-letter word
(New York) -- The latest design for a proposed casino in Schenectady, NY eliminates one feature that seemed to bother people the most: brown bricks.
article Appeals court annuls Lago Resort and Casino's proposed plan
(New York) -- Lago Resort and Casino in Tyre was recommended by the New York State Gaming Commission in December to receive a casino license for the Finger Lakes/Eastern...
article Appeals court deals New York casino site major setback
(New York) -- Lago Resort and Casino in the Finger Lakes region of Upstate New York suffered a body blow from the Appellate Division of the New York Supreme Court Friday.
article Appellate Court Rules on Lago Casino
(New York) -- The proposed Lago Casino in the Finger Lakes may have been dealt a losing hand by the Appellate Division of State Supreme Court.
article Court Ruling Could Slow Finger Lakes Casino
(New York) -- A push to develop a new commercial casino in the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York was ordered to slow down by an appeals court, which determined...

7/10/2015

article Rush Street Gaming Unveils Third Design for Schenectady Casino
(New York) -- Rivers Casino & Resort officials presented on Thursday new renderings for the $330-million hotel and casino resort in Schenectady, New York, which was...

7/9/2015

article New York gambling regulators close in on issuing casino license
(New York) -- New York’s Gaming Commission took steps on Monday towards the formal issuance of licenses for commercial, Las Vegas-style resort casinos.
article Tioga Downs applies for casino license
(New York) -- Tioga Downs Racetrack LLC submitted the only application for a state-licensed casino in the Eastern Southern Tier Region by Monday’s deadline.
article Schenectady casino redesign to be unveiled
(New York) -- It’s presumably out with the old and in with the new. Rush Street Gaming, the Chicago-based gaming operator that will run the casino on the former...
article Thief steals $2K from Resorts World slot player
(New York) -- A casino customer playing the slots at Resorts World lost a load of cash, but not from gambling, according to police. A 54-year-old man was at a slot...

7/7/2015

article Gural confident he will gain Southern Tier casino license
(New York) -- Tuesday, Vernon and Tioga Downs owner Jeff Gural emerged as the lone bidder for a Southern Tier casino license, and revealed plans for a proposed full...
article Racino owner is sole bidder for Southern Tier casino license
(New York) -- The operator of Tioga Downs harness track and racino appears to be the sole bidder interested in opening a Southern Tier casino. With the 4 p.m. deadline...
article Tioga Downs outlines casino bid details
(New York) -- Tioga Downs owner Jeff Gural on Tuesday outlined the details of his plans for an estimated $125 million expansion to bring table gaming to his Nichols...
article Tioga Downs owner touts casino bid; says he likes his chances
(New York) -- Tioga Downs owner Jeff Gural says he’d be “beyond shocked” if a state review panel didn’t award a casino license to him. “I...
article Tioga Downs: Casino would add 560 jobs
(New York) -- Tioga Downs is proposing a $195 million investment that would double its workforce and lead to $32 million in new gaming tax revenues, according to the...

7/6/2015

article Schenectady casino developers set job and vendor fair
(New York) -- The developers of the $300 million Rivers Casino & Resort in Schenectady, New York will hold two fairs this month: one to explain the 1,200 jobs that...
article Rivers Casino to host job, vendor fairs
(New York) -- Rivers Casino will hold both a job opportunity fair and a vendor forum at Schenectady County Community College in July. The job fair is from 8 a.m. to 3 p....
article Deadline for fourth gaming license passes; Tioga Downs is only applicant
(New York) -- The deadline for filing an application for a fourth gaming license in New York State ended at 4 p.m. on Monday, July 6, with only one application, from...
article Gambling Board Gets a Single Casino Proposal After Reopening Bidding
(New York) -- New York State’s consolation round of bidding for a casino license in the thinly populated Southern Tier, the impoverished region bordering Pennsylvania,...
article Only 1 proposal emerges for casino in NY's Southern Tier
(New York) -- Only one contender has emerged with a proposal for a casino in New York's economically struggling Southern Tier — a local racino whose earlier...
article Proposals for Southern Tier casino face deadline
(New York) -- Groups interested in bidding for a single available casino license in New York's Southern Tier are up against a deadline. Monday is the last day...
article Tioga Downs is sole bidder to build Vegas-style casino
(New York) -- A racino in New York’s economically struggling Southern Tier has become the sole contender to build a Las Vegas-style casino in the region. Despite...

7/5/2015

article Gural: Tioga casino will secure Vernon Downs future
(New York) -- Vernon Downs Owner Jeff Gural says minority shareholder Gary A. Greenberg is just plain wrong about the financial condition of the track’s racino.
article More ways to gamble with more facilities coming to upstate New York
(New York) -- Well before dice start tumbling at new upstate casinos, gambling operations in New York are evolving to stay competitive. New York horse tracks are loaded...
article Hyman drops Binghamton casino plans
(New York) -- An Albany-area financier is dropping his bid for a casino in the city of Binghamton. Jeffrey Hyman, who had been eying a potential casino at the former...
article Southern Tier casino race looks like re-deal
(New York) -- When the New York State Gaming Commission decided to extend another chance for a casino license in the Southern Tier, the region rallied around Tioga Downs...

7/4/2015

article More slots, new hotels, more ways to gamble with more casinos coming to upstate New York
(New York) -- Well before dice start tumbling at new upstate casinos, gambling operations in New York are evolving to stay competitive. New York horse tracks are loaded...
article Southern Tier racino submits proposal for casino license; 1 other bidder interested
(New York) -- A racino on New York's Southern Tier submitted a proposal Thursday for a $145 million expansion to a full Las Vegas-style gambling facility, the first...
article Gaming Commission meets Monday
(New York) -- The New York State Gaming Commission will meet at 1 p.m. Monday. The majority of the Commission members will gather at the state Labor Department offices...

7/3/2015

article As bid deadline nears, casino race looks like a re-deal
(New York) -- When the New York State Gaming Commission decided to extend another chance for a casino license in the Southern Tier, the region rallied around Tioga Downs...
article Tioga Downs racino submits application for expansion to casino
(New York) -- Located in the Southern Tier of New York State, the Tioga Downs racino has applied for an expansion to convert the facility into a fully-functioning Las...
article Tioga Downs' Request for Application for gaming license delivered
(New York) -- At a press conference held on Thursday morning, Jeff Gural, CEO of American Racing and Entertainment and owner of Tioga Downs, along with Tioga Downs'...

7/2/2015

article Proposal For A Southern Tier Casino Moves Ahead
(New York) -- Tioga Downs racino is moving ahead with its proposal to build a full resort casino in New York's Southern Tier. Tioga, which is located west of...

7/1/2015

article Binghamton City Council backs proposed casino project
(New York) -- Members of Binghamton City Council unanimously declared their support of an application for a Southern Tier casino license that, if granted, would allow a...

6/30/2015

article Meeting July 22 to tackle Schenectady casino design
(New York) -- The Schenectady Planning Commission meets on July 22 to resume its discussion about the $300 million casino on the former Alco property, City Planner...
article Schenectady to hold special meeting for $300M casino plan
(New York) -- The Schenectady Planning Commission will hold a special meeting next month to resume their discussion about the $300 million casino on the former Alco...
article Binghamton City Council considering casino resolution
(New York) -- The Binghamton City Council is considering a resolution to support a potential casino in the city.
article Bill Lets New York OTBs Use Capital Funds
(New York) -- New York off-tracking betting corporations will be permitted to dip into their capital funds to help pay for operating expenses under legislation given...

6/25/2015

article 'Big Ugly' bill leaves out LI sales tax, VLT proposals
(New York) -- As they rushed to adjourn for 2015, state lawmakers rejected a plan that could have affected the siting of video slot machine parlors on Long Island, as...

6/24/2015

article Tyre board to review Lago plan modifications
(New York) -- The Town Board will meet in special session Thursday to review proposed modifications to Lago Resort & Casino’s site plan. The review will...
article Albany insider to lead NY racing board after chairman tied to corruption case goes on leave
(New York) -- An Albany insider with longstanding ties to the Cuomo family is taking control of the New York Racing Association after its chairman went on leave just...

6/21/2015

article Casino Design Disputed In Schenectady
(New York) -- Schenectady is preparing for the transformation of a former industrial area with the arrival a casino. During the planning stages, area residents are...

6/20/2015

article Bill: Hold casino developers accountable
(New York) -- Two state legislators are sponsoring a bill that would require entities seeking casino licenses from the state to actually spend the amount they pledge in...

6/19/2015

article Judge hears casino lawsuit arguments
(New York) -- Acting State Supreme Court Judge Patrick Falvey will issue a decision later after hearing oral arguments Thursday on a motion to dismiss a lawsuit over the...

6/18/2015

article Glenville hotel planned on Mohawk waterfront near casino site
(New York) -- A local restaurateur is proposing a $15 million hotel on the banks of the Mohawk River near the future site of a casino and marina project in neighboring...
article Hudson Valley Resort boss says VLT denial will doom hotel
(New York) -- The Hudson Valley Resort and Spa will close if it can’t convince Sen. John Bonacic to support legislation allowing video lottery terminals in Ulster...

6/17/2015

article $300M Schenectady casino proposal faces review
(New York) -- The city Planning Commission is slated Wednesday to review the preliminary site plan for the 50,000-square-foot Rivers Casino at Mohawk Harbor. The...
article Schenectady casino to get makeover
(New York) -- It’s back to the drawing board for Rush Street Gaming’s design team amid overwhelming criticism about changes to the way the $300 million...
article Officials discuss gambling addictions ahead of new casino
(New York) -- With a new casino set to open in New York State, regulatory agencies, treatment groups and casino officials are making an effort to address addiction. On...
article One Drawback to Schenectady Casino -- Increased Gambling Addiction
(New York) -- Problem gambling advocates say the Problem Gaming Conference was an excellent chance to match together and start a dialogue between the new casino...
article Casino exec tells of money, jobs, tourism for Dutchess
(New York) -- Charles Degliomini, an executive with Empire Resorts, maintains that the Sullivan County Montreign Resort Casino he's developing will have a regional...

6/16/2015

article Schenectady casino developer 'caught off guard' by poor reaction to new design
(New York) -- The CEO of the company developing a casino site here said Monday he was "caught off guard" by the criticism that the redesign of the facility...
article Schenectady casino proposal to face scrutiny from city planning officials
(New York) -- The city Planning Commission will Wednesday review plans for the 50,000 square-foot Rivers Casino at Mohawk Harbor, the center piece of a $480 million...
article Problem gambling event planned in advance of new casino
(New York) -- State agencies and officials from two future casinos in upstate New York are holding a problem gambling awareness event at Schenectady Community College.
article Tyre residents file lawsuit challenging tax breaks for proposed Lago Resort & Casino in Seneca County
(New York) -- A group of Tyre residents who oppose the construction of a $425 million casino have filed a new lawsuit challenging tax benefits that were approved for the...
article Struggling OTBs seek to tap capital funds for operating costs
(New York) -- Lawmakers in the Senate and Assembly on Tuesday were poised to pass a measure that would let the state's struggling OTBs tap up to $500,000 of their...

6/15/2015

article The wizard of Al D'Amato: The former U.S. senator and current powerhouse lobbyist has his hooks everywhere, including in new Senate boss John Flanagan
(New York) -- In 2003, former U.S. Sen. Al D'Amato, now a leading lobbyist, vaulted into the headlines for earning $500,000 to place a single phone call on behalf of...
article Lago Casino project faces new lawsuit
(New York) -- A group of Seneca County residents have filed a lawsuit against public officials and the developers of a casino claiming the project got inappropriate...
article New general manager upbeat on Rivers Casino strategy in Schenectady
(New York) -- The newly named general manager of Rivers Casino at Mohawk Harbor discussed market strategy and said she plans to live in Schenectady so she can be close...
article Responding to critics, Schenectady casino CEO says design can be tweaked
(New York) -- The developer of a $350 million casino in Schenectady, New York will consider tweaking the design after getting blindsided by critics, but won't start...

6/9/2015

article Potential new casino revenue legislation supported by Madison County
(New York) -- Madison County Board of Supervisors unanimously adopted a resolution at their Board of Supervisors Meeting on Tuesday, June 9 in support of legislation...

6/7/2015

article COLUMN: History shouldn’t repeat itself at casino
(New York) -- The typical artist’s rendering presents an idealized vision of the future. It depicts a place that has yet to be built, and it presents this place in...

6/6/2015

article Catskills Concerns
(New York) -- It was the end of 2001 when fallout from the September 11 terrorist attacks prompted New York Governor George Pataki to launch an economic revival effort...
article Empire Resorts says their casino means a full commitment to Sullivan County
(New York) -- A top Empire Resorts official told Sullivan County legislators they are getting a jump on prepping for their Montreign Casino, the only full gaming...
article Casino developers update Mohawk Harbor plans
(New York) -- The development team behind Rivers Casino at Mohawk Harbor Thursday released updated renderings and floor plans of the property, providing more detail on...
article Editorial: Andrew Cuomo’s bet on casinos now a sure loser
(New York) -- Gov. Cuomo’s plan to vastly expand casino gambling in New York is looking ever less likely to deliver his promised economic development.

6/5/2015

article Schenectady needs host deal for casino
(New York) -- While many rejoiced over the selection of Schenectady as a site for a casino, after the dust settled, residents realized that a Host Community Agreement (...

6/4/2015

article Casino developers update Mohawk Harbor plans
(New York) -- The development team behind Rivers Casino at Mohawk Harbor Thursday released updated renderings and floor plans of the property, providing more detail on...
article Developers release new drawings of $300 million Schenectady casino
(New York) -- The developers of a proposed $300 million casino in Schenectady, New York today released updated renderings and floor plans that show more details of the...
article Sneak-peek: What the Schenectady casino will look like
(New York) -- Developers released updated designs for the Rivers Casino at Mohawk Harbor in Schenectady on Thursday. The drawings were registered with the city of...
article Albany-area man eying Binghamton casino bid
(New York) -- An Albany-area financial expert has reached out to potential backers for a possible Binghamton casino bid as he seeks tax breaks for a site on the city...

6/2/2015

article General manager named for new Schenectady casino
(New York) -- The chief financial officer of two casinos in Pennsylvania will be in charge of a new casino in Schenectady, New York if the gambling facility is licensed...

6/1/2015

article Former Supervisor, Area Residents Talk About Sullivan Casino
(New York) -- It was just over six months ago that the New York State Gaming Facility Location Board announced that it was recommending three casino licenses. One was...

5/30/2015

article Binghamton casino in the wings?
(New York) -- A business group has applied for major tax incentives to clean up and redevelop a 15-acre industrial Binghamton site that has been touted as a potential...

5/29/2015

article Upstate New York casino licensing heads into home stretch
(New York) -- New York State Police are nearly finished investigating the backgrounds of three upstate casino developers, and draft casino regulations are being prepared...

5/28/2015

article Racino hotel expansion plans break ground
(New York) -- Breaking ground on a hotel at the Saratoga Casino and Raceway has been a project about 10 years in the making. On Wednesday, shovel finally met earth.
article Work starts on $34 million Saratoga Casino and Raceway hotel
(New York) -- Ground was broken today on a $34 million hotel at Saratoga Casino and Raceway that officials say will position the video slot machine parlor and harness...

5/27/2015

article Saratoga racino breaking ground on hotel expansion
(New York) -- Saratoga Casino and Raceway officials on Wednesday will break ground on a $34 million hotel expansion project at a ceremony with local and statewide...

5/26/2015

article Senator Bonacic Proposes Bill to Legalize Online Poker in New York
(New York) -- Various US states have taken into consideration differences between skill and luck to determine the legality of a game. A senator of New York State has...
article NYS Gaming Commission expects second casino application from Southern Tier
(New York) -- Potential Las Vegas-style casino operators have until July 6, 2015 to complete a new request for applications for the Southern Tier region.

5/25/2015

article New York Senator Introduces Bill to Legalize Online Poker
(New York) -- New York Senator, John Bonacic, has introduced a bill that would see the regulation of online poker in the Empire State.

5/23/2015

article New York's Chance To Be King Of The Online Poker Hill
(New York) -- Skill or luck? The difference between the two has oftentimes been used as a barometer as to whether a game is considered legal or illegal within various...

5/21/2015

article County Supports Tioga Downs Casino Bid
(New York) -- Tioga Downs is gathering support in its continued bid for a casino license. This month, the Tioga County Legislature passed a resolution supporting Tioga...

5/20/2015

article New York Senator Bonacic introduces new online poker bill
(New York) -- New York State Senator John Bonacic has introduced a new bill that will legalise certain online poker activities in the US state. Bill S05302 would allow...

5/19/2015

article New York Lawmakers Against Proposed Federal Online Gaming Ban
(New York) -- At around the same time that another online poker bill emerged in the New York legislature, some lawmakers in the Empire State urged the New York...

5/18/2015

article BLOG: New York State Proposes Online Poker Bill
(New York) -- On May 13, 2015, New York State Senator John Bonacic introduced S-5302 (the “Bill”), which proposes to legalize certain forms of Internet poker...
article New York Online Poker Bill Introduced
(New York) -- Last week, an online poker bill was introduced in New York, which follows an unsuccessful online poker push in the state last year. A bill at some point...
article New York Online Poker Bill Omits Bad Actor Language
(New York) -- New York online poker, previously thought to be a longshot for passage in 2015, just received a much-needed boost by way of a new bill. Authored by State...

5/16/2015

article New York Latest State to Introduce Online Poker Bill
(New York) -- New York SealFirst reported by Chris Grove of OnlinePokerReport.com, New York State Senator John Bonacic has reintroduced legislation to legalize online...
article New York Online Poker Takes Step Forward With Introduction Of S 5302
(New York) -- New York State Senator John Bonacic (R-42) has introduced a bill that would bring regulated online poker to the Empire State. Full text of the bill (S 5302...
article Samuelson’s “State of the County” envisions a casino as a catalyst for an “extraordinary time” in Sullivan
(New York) -- Sullivan County’s top elected official says the county may be heading into “… the defining time on our county’s history.”...
article General Electric used contaminated casino site for 33 years
(New York) -- At one time Schenectady was known as the city that "lights and hauls the world." The "haul" was the American Locomotive Co., once one...

5/15/2015

article Planning board takes no action on Batavia Downs hotel proposal
(New York) -- Officials at Western OTB think the odds of hitting a jackpot are better if their proposed hotel overlooks the Batavia Downs racetrack.

5/13/2015

article Orange seeks 1,000 casino jobs
(New York) -- In a campaign to marry residents with thousands of construction and permanent jobs projected to emerge from Sullivan County’s $1 billion Montreign...
article Racinos' aid to schools drop amid competition
(New York) -- A report Wednesday showed that the state's nine racetracks generated $1.9 billion in revenue last year. But the report from the industry-backed New...

5/7/2015

article Racino hotel to open in summer 2016
(New York) -- The Saratoga Casino and Raceway announced the hiring of a construction company to build its new $34 million hotel. Kirchhoff-Consigli Construction...

5/6/2015

article Saratoga casino building $34 million hotel
(New York) -- Saratoga Casino and Raceway will start construction soon on a $34 million hotel addition, it announced Wednesday afternoon.

5/3/2015

article Steve Israel: Don't wait for casino; improve Sullivan now
(New York) -- Talk about casino fever. Look at all Sullivan County wants to do because the Montreign Resort Casino at Adelaar will be rising just outside Monticello in...
article Casino Free Tyre sends letter of opposition to gaming commission chair
(New York) -- Casino Free Tyre has taken its fight to stop Lago Resort & Casino from being built to the head of the New York State Gaming Commission.
article Finger Lakes Re-Accredited by Safety Alliance
(New York) -- The National Thoroughbred Racing Association announced May 1 that Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack has earned re-accreditation from the NTRA Safety and...

5/2/2015

article Most NY racinos' profits have declined
(New York) -- Video gambling parlors of the type proposed in Nassau and Suffolk counties operate in nine locations across New York State. All the existing video-lottery-...

4/30/2015

article Limited interest in Southern Tier casino license?
(New York) -- Real estate developer and Tioga Downs owner Jeff Gural is offering an invitation to members of the state's casino Location Board to visit his harness...

4/29/2015

article NYRA eyes major expansion of clubhouse at Saratoga Race Course
(New York) -- A three-story structure featuring more than a dozen luxury suites would be added to the clubhouse at Saratoga Race Course under a proposal from the New...

4/28/2015

article Group to New York State Gaming Commission: Deny license for Seneca County casino
(New York) -- Four town of Tyre residents are urging the New York State Gaming Commission to deny a Rochester-area developer's application to build a $425 million...
article Rebranding Monticello with the advent of full-scale casino gaming, topic of discussion
(New York) -- Local business owners, public officials and residents of the Monticello area met Monday to discuss the future of the village and “re-branding”...

4/26/2015

article Key dates set for casino site decisions
(New York) -- The city Planning Commission is scheduled in June to get a detailed look and review plans for a casino and related amenities that is part of the $480...

4/25/2015

article VIDEO: Theaters hit jackpot after taking on casinos
(New York) -- Did you see Dweezil Zappa perform in tribute to his late father, rocker Frank Zappa, at the Bardavon 1869 Opera House in Poughkeepsie?

4/22/2015

article Lawyer asks rebidding of four upstate casino sites
(New York) -- A law firm that represented one of the failed casino license applicants has written to state Gaming Commission Chairman Mark Gearan urging him to reopen...

4/21/2015

article Editorial: Rivers Casino's tough odds
(New York) -- THE ISSUE: The site of a Schenectady casino has serious pollution problems. THE STAKES: How will this affect the project's potential success, not to...

4/20/2015

article Voices pro and con on Medford casino pack Brookhaven Town Hall
(New York) -- Hundreds of supporters and opponents of a proposed Medford video-lottery casino packed Brookhaven Town Hall last week at the first meeting since a legal...

4/18/2015

article Site of Schenectady casino contaminated with decades of petroleum, degreasing agents
(New York) -- Artist renderings of a casino resort proposed for the banks of the Mohawk River depict glimmering, glass-enclosed buildings and sprawling green lawns set...

4/17/2015

article Planning commission approves Schenectady casino development proposal
(New York) -- The planned casino in Schenectady is paving the way for more development. The planning commission has approved the site plan for a four-story Courtyard...
article Vernon Downs opens racing season, despite concerns over future
(New York) -- Vernon Downs harness racing starts this weekend, a welcomed sign that spring is here. Many in the Vernon community have concerns about the future of Vernon...

4/16/2015

article Casino opponent files complaint with AG's Public Integrity Bureau
(New York) -- Lago Resort & Casino opponent Desiree Dawley has filed a complaint with the Public Integrity Bureau of the state Attorney General’s Office.

4/15/2015

article St. Lawrence County, towns of Brasher and Massena win greater control over tribal-state compact funds
(New York) -- Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s office has notified St. Lawrence County officials that the county, as well as the towns of Massena and Brasher, no longer will...
article Report: Nine New York racinos generate $3.7 billion in economic activity, $1.3 billion in tax revenue
(New York) -- New York could be getting as many as four new casinos, but a report released by Oxford Economics found the nine existing racinos already have a major...
article Casino site hotel gets approval
(New York) -- After enjoying the casino and harbor and other attractions at the Rivers Casino and Resort at Mohawk Harbor, future visitors would be able to unwind at the...

4/14/2015

article Is the future of Vernon Downs in jeopardy?
(New York) -- Currently a bidding process is underway for a new casino in the Southern Tier and the owner of Tioga Downs has put in an application with the hope of...
article Looming casino decision casts doubt on future of Vernon Downs
(New York) -- What would happen if Vernon Downs closed? As the historic harness track prepares for its Friday season opener, it's a question that has been raised in...

4/13/2015

article Racino numbers down; hopes of full gaming remain in Southern Tier
(New York) -- For New York State's Fiscal Year of 2014-15, which runs from April 2014 to April 2015, the official numbers brought in from the state's nine...
article Who sent questions to casino board? Just Tioga Downs
(New York) -- So far, only Tioga Downs has announced plans to submit a bid for a Southern Tier casino. That didn’t change Monday, when the Gaming Facility Location...
article Suffolk OTB hires developer as adviser on casino plan
(New York) -- Suffolk Regional Off-Track Betting Corp. has hired prominent local developer Ronald Parr as an adviser as it moves toward building a $76 million gambling...

4/11/2015

article New York VLT Revenue Declines in Fiscal Year
(New York) -- Their financial performances were no secret during the year, but now the final numbers for fiscal 2014 are in and, for the first time, New York racetrack-...
article OP/ED: How high taxes and regulation are killing one of the most prosperous states in the nation
(New York) -- Upstate New York is becoming Detroit with grass. Binghamton, New York — once a powerhouse of industry — is now approaching Detroit in many...

4/10/2015

article Sullivan County’s casino beginning to attract attention
(New York) -- The Adelaar Resort project, which will include Montreign, the Catskills’ only casino, is still at least two years from being a reality, but a lot of...
article Editorial: Casino bucks a risky bet
(New York) -- THE ISSUE: State revenues from nine racinos in New York show signs of flattening out. THE STAKES: The trend does not bode well for towns betting on big...

4/9/2015

article Bloomberg pans upstate casinos, fracking decision
(New York) -- Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is not a fan of two of the state's recent high-profile policy decisions. In an interview Wednesday with...
article Saratoga racino revenue flat as free video lottery games on rise in state racino network
(New York) -- The state's nine racinos have been giving away increasing numbers of free video lottery terminal games as a way to lure more gamblers, but at the...

4/8/2015

article Former Mayor Michael Bloomberg slams Andrew Cuomo's decisions to expand casino gambling, reject hydrofracking
(New York) -- Former Mayor Michael Bloomberg Wednesday broke his silence on New York politics Wednesday —ripping Gov. Cuomo's decisions to expand casino...

4/7/2015

article Saratoga racino revenue flat as free video lottery games on rise in state racino network
(New York) -- The state's nine racinos have been giving away increasing numbers of free video lottery terminal games as a way to lure more gamblers, but at the...
article NYRA must go private, supervisors told
(New York) -- New York Racing Association can’t address long-term goals such as major facilities upgrades to aging Saratoga Race Course until the firm returns to...

4/6/2015

article New York racino revenues drop $7 million
(New York) -- The state’s network of racinos posted lower revenues from one year to the next for the first time since the gambling parlors opened a decade ago,...
article Net winnings decline at Saratoga Casino and Raceway
(New York) -- Saratoga Casino and Raceway finished the last fiscal year with a slight decline in net winnings, the first time that's happened since video slot...

4/5/2015

article Oneida Indians Ask New York To Reject Lago Casino
(New York) -- New York’s casino bill was designed to be palatable to all interests. Upstate casinos would be spread out across three regions, and there would be no...
article GUEST APPEARANCE: Seneca County matters — Officials say it is poised for dynamic growth that will benefit all NY
(New York) -- What can Seneca County do for New York state? Let’s see, we have the beauty of the Finger Lakes and the historic communities of Seneca Falls (...

4/4/2015

article Steve Israel: Some in Sullivan point out casinos' downsides
(New York) -- Tim Shera of Liberty recently asked me to write about something I haven’t heard anyone talk about for ages: the downside of casinos.
article Schenectady Casino Marina Gets Planning Commission Approval
(New York) -- The plan for the development of the Rivers Casino & Resort in Schenectady, New York was reviewed by the city Planning Commission.
article Casino losers get some cash back
(New York) -- The state Gaming Commission recently refunded some of the money put up by groups who made losing bids for casinos, including the group behind the failed...

4/3/2015

article New York State Budget Tweaks VLT Gambling
(New York) -- The New York state budget agreed upon this week includes changes to language regarding video lottery terminal gaming facilities.
article Schenectady casino plan gets state OK for marina
(New York) -- The Rotterdam-based developer of a $450 million building project has secured another key environmental permit that paves the way for the construction of a...
article Are the odds in Vernon Downs' favor?
(New York) -- Harness racing season begins two weeks from today at Vernon Downs. But once again, the track’s fate — and that of its racino — hangs in...

4/1/2015

article NY returned $7.8M to losing casino bidders
(New York) -- Developers behind the 13 losing casino projects in New York were returned 60 percent -- about $7.8 million -- of the application fees they submitted, state...

3/31/2015

article Developer unveiling changes at Schenectady casino site
(New York) -- The developer of a $450 million waterfront building project that features a harbor and casino will address the city's the Planning Commission for...
article Provision would add 'skill' to VLTs
(New York) -- A provision in the state budget gives New York's racinos the green light to offer an expanded array of electronic gaming featuring elements of "...

3/30/2015

article Budget allows VLT games with element of ‘skill’
(New York) -- A provision in the state budget gives New York the green light to offer an expanded array of electronic gaming featuring elements of “skill,”...
article State Control of NYRA Extended Another Year
(New York) -- New York officials have agreed to keep intact the state's oversight of the New York Racing Association, a control period that was to expire this...

3/29/2015

article Editorial: To win casino, Southern Tier must pour on sparkle
(New York) -- Plan big. Build it grand. Make it a money magnet. That's the direction any potentially successful applicant for a Southern Tier casino got from the...
article NYRA's On-Track Handle Rises in 2014
(New York) -- Total on-track handle at the New York Racing Association's three tracks rose 2% to $374,387,425 in 2014, the second-highest total over the past six...

3/28/2015

article Hugh Reynolds: Gambling on the future
(New York) -- Serious conflict has developed between the owners of the vacant Nevele in Ellenville and operators of two family-owned resorts in the Town of Rochester...

3/27/2015

article New York nixes gaming expansion
(New York) -- Plans to expand video lottery terminal gaming at a New York racetrack and an off-track betting venue were halted during state budget negotiations,...
article Official: Rensselaer VLT casino plan dead
(New York) -- Assemblyman John McDonald, D-Cohoes, said Thursday that the proposal to let Capital OTB open a VLT casino at a riverfront site in Rensselaer appears to be...

3/26/2015

article VLT Expansion Proposals Shot Down in New York
(New York) -- Efforts to expand video lottery terminal casinos in New York, including one at Belmont Park, have been quashed during state budget negotiations at the...

3/25/2015

article New York Senator Questions Spending on Racing
(New York) -- A measure giving flexibility to the financial operations of the New York State Thoroughbred Breeding and Development Fund passed by a comfortable margin in...

3/24/2015

article Prep work moving fast for Sullivan County casino
(New York) -- Prep work is moving fast for Sullivan County’s long-awaited casino. Empire Resorts Vice President Charlie Degliomini tells the Times Herald-Record of...
article Medford civic leaders sue Suffolk OTB, hoping to block construction of Medford casino
(New York) -- Medford civic leaders and the Brookhaven Town Conservative Committee have sued Suffolk Off-Track Betting Corp. in an attempt to block a 1,000-terminal...

3/23/2015

article Prep work moving fast for Sullivan County casino
(New York) -- Prep work is moving fast for Sullivan County’s long-awaited casino. Empire Resorts Vice President Charlie Degliomini tells the Times Herald-Record of...
article Gambling revenue in U.S. weakens as NY expands
(New York) -- As New York looks to add as many as four upstate casinos, gambling revenue across the nation has flattened, a report today found. States' revenues from...
article Date set for casino bidders in New York's Southern Tier
(New York) -- Developers have until July 6 to submit proposals to build a casino in New York's eastern Southern Tier, an area along the Pennsylvania border that was...
article Gaming Commission greenlights fourth upstate casino, revenues nationally are slowing
(New York) -- The state Gaming Commission earlier Monday voted without debate to open up bidding for proposals to build what would be a fourth upstate casino in the...
article New York opens bidding process for Southern Tier casino
(New York) -- The bidding process is formally underway for those interested in building a Las Vegas-style casino in New York’s Southern Tier. The state’s Gaming...
article State OKs fourth upstate casino bidding, revenues 'weakening' nationally
(New York) -- New York's state Gaming Commission on Monday signed off on a plan to seek bids on what would be a fourth upstate casino, the same day that a new study...
article Churchill: It's time to give up on Rensselaer casino plan
(New York) -- Don't hold your breath waiting for the "boutique casino" on the Rensselaer waterfront. That would be the one announced Friday, the proposal...
article Tioga Downs beefs up application as casino bidding process opens
(New York) -- Bidding opened Monday for those interested in building a Las Vegas-style casino in New York's Southern Tier, but so far there's only one contender...
article Suffolk OTB moves forward with VLT facility
(New York) -- State law exempts lottery terminals and OTB facilities from town zoning laws, so the town has no say over the proposed gambling parlor.

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