Monthly Archives: September 2013

Batavia Downs to expand, despite being shut out of NY’s casino plan

Batavia Downs to expand, despite being shut out of NY’s casino plan

September 30, 2013

Democrat and Chronicle Batavia Downs, the oldest nighttime harness track in the country, plans to open an expansion of its racino on Friday — even as it recently got shut out of being able to open as a full-scaled casino. Batavia Downs, which is owned by Western Regional Off-Track Betting,… Read more »

NYRA mulls life without VLT cash

NYRA mulls life without VLT cash

September 23, 2013

Daily Gazette The New York Racing Association is discussing operating without video lottery terminals about 20 years before it has to, following pressure from state officials to balance its books just with racing operations. New York State Gaming Commission Executive Director Rob Williams, state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli and Budget Director… Read more »

Tax Dollars Generated by NYGA Members Up Again Over Last Year

Tax Dollars Generated by NYGA Members Up Again Over Last Year

September 12, 2013

New York Sees 10% Increase in Tax Contributions over August 2012 The New York Gaming Association, who represents the nine racetrack gaming facilities and offer more than 17,000 gaming machines, reported today that August gross gaming revenue (GGR) was $171,772,456 with $115,989,340 of that tax revenue going to the State… Read more »

Taking a pass on talking up casino referendum

Taking a pass on talking up casino referendum

September 12, 2013

Times Union A statewide vote to amend the constitution byallowing up to seven new full-gaming casinos in New York has been engineered in the Capitol over two legislative sessions, the culmination of years of debate touching on economic development, quality of life and the social costs of problem gambling. But… Read more »

Dan Rooney’s Sports Bar at Empire City Casino Wins Best Live Music Award, Expands Entertainment

Dan Rooney’s Sports Bar at Empire City Casino Wins Best Live Music Award, Expands Entertainment

September 9, 2013

American Towns Dan Rooney’s Sports Bar at Empire City Casino was presented with the 2013 Best Live Music Award at a recent reception held by the Yonkers Chamber of Commerce. The restaurant opened in March as part of Empire City Casino’s $50 million expansion and has quickly become a favorite… Read more »

Downs donates

Downs donates

September 9, 2013

Rome Sentinel The Food Bank of Central New York received a check for proceeds raised from the June 15 Gretchen Wilson concert. In addition to the $15 ticket cost for the show, American Racing and Entertainment Chairman Jeff Gural donated an additional $10 per ticket, bringing the total donated amount… Read more »