Contesting for a Casino

Written by Jon Lentz on . Posted in Racing/Wagering

Here’s an early look at the potential bidders for one of four full-fledged casino licenses in New York, which will be limited to three regions in the state: the Southern Tier, the Capital Region, including Albany and Saratoga Springs, and the Catskills–Hudson Valley.… [More]

After Passage of Gaming Amendment, Bonacic Eager To Site Casinos

Written by Jon Lentz on . Posted in Features, Heard Around Town, News, Racing/Wagering

State Senator John Bonacic Now that voters have approved the casino amendment legalizing up to seven full-fledged casinos in New York, state Sen. John Bonacic is hopeful that the winning bids for the initial four upstate casinos will be selected by the middle of next year. “I’m optimistic that we’ll know who the winners are by this summer,” said Bonacic, the chair of the Senate Racing, Gaming and Wagering Committee and a longtime proponent of casino expansion in the Catskills. The next steps include filling the… [More]

Gambling Amendment Could Pave The Way For Sports Betting in New York

Written by Jon Lentz on . Posted in Latest, News, Racing/Wagering

If New Yorkers pass the constitutional amendment legalizing casinos today, it could also pave the way for sports betting in the state—but only if a federal ban is overturned. The ballot language only asks voters if they support up to seven casinos, but the accompanying enacting legislation specifically describes how sports betting could go forward, including limiting it to the new casinos. “New York has essentially said, ‘We know it’s illegal but we’re writing it into our law on a… [More]

HTC’s Ward Predicts Casino Wage Deal Will Be Model For State (VIDEO)

Written by City & State on . Posted in Labor/Unions, News, Racing/Wagering, Video

In a video interview with City & State, Hotel Trades Council President Peter Ward predicted that the recent arbitration ruling regarding the union’s contract with Genting, the owner of the Resorts World Casino in Queens, will serve as a model for future casinos that will be built in New York State if voters approve the ballot proposal legalizing casino gambling in Tuesday’s election. “I am quite confident that if we got to the point that we had to repeat this… [More]

Pro-Gaming Group Goes Up With First TV Ads

Written by Morgan Pehme on . Posted in Campaigns/Elections, Features, Heard Around Town, News, Racing/Wagering

New York Jobs Now, a consortium of businesses and pro-gaming advocates, is going up with its first television spots today in support of the constitutional amendment to allow full-scale casinos and gambling in New York State, which will come before voters on November 5. Neal Kwatra, a senior strategist for New York Jobs Now commented, “It’s rare that Republicans and Democrats can agree on anything these days, but they are joining forces to support Proposal #1 to bring millions of dollars… [More]

Cool Hand Andrew? Casino Gambling Amendment Depends on a Little Luck (part 2)

Written by Jon Lentz on . Posted in Budget/Taxes, Economic Development, News, Racing/Wagering

Page 2 of 2 — First Page Casino Country New York already has 14 casinos: nine slots-only racetrack casinos and five Native American casinos. In anticipation of future expansion, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has carved the state up into seven regions. With downstate New York off the map for now and three zones reserved for Native American tribes, three upstate zones remain in play, with up to four full-fledged casinos on the table. Six months after Cuomo announced a proposal to… [More]

Cool Hand Andrew? Casino Gambling Amendment Depends on a Little Luck

Written by Jon Lentz on . Posted in Budget/Taxes, Economic Development, News, Racing/Wagering

In early 1996, Rev. Tom Grey was attending a church convention in Rochester when he met a man who told him that they shared a common goal. Grey, then the executive director of the National Coalition Against Legalized Gambling, was committed to keeping casinos out of New York. Grey didn’t know it at the time, but the man who approached him was a lobbyist for Donald Trump, who owned three casinos in Atlantic City and wanted to quash any competition… [More]