2013 Legislative Preview: Casinos and Gambling

Written by Jon Lentz on . Posted in Racing/Wagering

This could be the year that New York legalizes casino gambling. Of course, if you ask Gov. Andrew Cuomo, the state is already in the gambling business, and it’s about time state government acknowledges that fact, and figures out the best way to regulate it and distribute its revenues. “Now, some people will say, ‘Well, New York is not in the casino business. We’re in the racino business,’ ” Cuomo asserted in his State of the State address earlier this… [More]

In Debate Over Casinos Is Yonkers Upstate?

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

When Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced last week that he initially wants to allow only three full-fledged casinos, and to locate them in upstate New York, some lawmakers were disappointed that New York City and its popular Resorts World racetrack casino were left out of the mix. But it also raised questions about the state’s second most lucrative racetrack casino, the Empire City Casino in Yonkers, and whether its location qualifies as “upstate.” While the racino would likely be passed over in the governor’s “Phase One” casino plan, Yonkers City Council President Chuck… [More]

Lawmakers Question Cuomo’s Upstate Casino Plan

Written by Jon Lentz on . Posted in Daily, Economic Development, Racing/Wagering

Gov. Andrew Cuomo laid out a path for legalizing casino gambling during yesterday’s State of the State address, saying the state should start out with only three full-fledged casinos and for a new gaming commission to select locations in upstate New York. “We propose a casino plan to boost upstate development,” Cuomo said, noting that New York City has 8.2 million residents and 50 million tourists a year. “I believe casinos in upstate New York could be a great magnet… [More]

The Post-Session Scorecard

Written by Laura Nahmias on . Posted in Budget/Taxes, Campaigns/Elections, Economic Development, Education, Energy, Housing, Labor/Unions, News, Public Safety, Racing/Wagering, Social Services

Pols promised much; what did they deliver? At the close of his second legislative session as the state’s executive, Gov. Andrew Cuomo ran down a litany of accomplishments, citing a spirit of bipartisan cooperation between his office and both houses of the Legislature as a lubricant for getting things done. But how many of the legislative leaders’ promises actually came to fruition? Sen. Majority Leader Dean Skelos offered little in the way of concrete plans at the session’s start, and… [More]

Casino Giant Wynn Inks Lobbying Deal in New York

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

Wynn Resorts is the latest major casino company to contract with a New York lobbyist, inking a six-month, $60,000 deal this month with Albany lobbying firm LJM Rad. It’s no surprise the Las Vegas-based company would sign up a lobbyist in the state: Gov. Andrew Cuomo is pushing to legalize full-fledged casino gambling, the Legislature took a first step toward passing the required constitutional amendment earlier this year, and several other casino giants positioning themselves to get in on the action… [More]

Long Odds

Written by Michael Mandelkern on . Posted in Racing/Wagering

The state’s smallest racino cites taxpayer profits in argument for expansion In the looming fight for legalized casino gambling, the state’s littlest racetrack casino has the longest odds. Batavia Downs Casino, located 41 miles outside of Buffalo, is the state’s smallest racetrack casino, a fact that could hamper its chances of operating a full-fledged casino in the future. But Batavia’s operators are arguing that as the state’s only taxpayer-owned racino, it ought to get special consideration for one of the… [More]