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Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano, in a rally for New York state to issue a full-scale commercial casino license to Empire City Casino, said that full casino operations would bring into the region hundreds of millions of dollars in revenues and thousands of jobs.
“A full-scale casino license for Empire City Casino by MGM Resorts in Yonkers is a no-brainer,” says Business Council of Westchester COO John Ravitz.
Empire City Casino by MGM Resorts has extended its operating hours in accordance with an executive order signed by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo. The order...
Gov. Lamont tried to get the tribes to jettison the project last year.
As slots revenue declines, efforts by the tribes to expand across the state face obstacles.
But a spokesman for Gov. Ned Lamont said the proposed bill "falls short of what the governor wants for Bridgeport."
The Schaghticokes are making a final attempt at gaining federal recognition, which if granted could ultimately lead to a casino in Fairfield County.
The tribes operating Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods remain adamant that they will not participate in the proposed open bidding process, and that the cancellation of their compact with the state will cost Connecticut billions of dollars in lost revenue.
Questions about traffic, increasing casino competition from neighboring states, and the wisdom or breaking the state compact with the tribes operating Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods remain, say several observers.
At a ceremony yesterday, demolition of a shuttered movie theater began at the site that is planned for a 100,000-square-foot casino.
Efforts to turn this 52-acre Bridgeport peninsula into an economic dynamo has been hobbled for decades by political controversies.