Staten Island hasn’t been ruled out as a NYC site for a casino

STATEN ISLAND, NY — There’s only one city of sin, but could New York be America’s next “playground”? According to “truly optimistic” state legislators, New York may be about to give Atlantic City a hard time.

The state budget for the 2023 financial year, which is almost a week latecould include three casino licenses for the New York metropolitan area.

Sen. Joseph Addabbo Jr. (D-Queens), who chairs the state Senate’s Racing, Gaming and Betting Committee, described the prospect as “an important step for the state.” Fox5 reported.

He and Mayor Eric Adams view casinos as a very lucrative opportunity for New York, especially the Big Apple.

Last week the mayor said he was hoping the city scores two of the three licenses, noting that it would “help boost our economy and our tourism” in the wake of the pandemic.

But where would these cash cows be built?

Locations in Manhattan and Queens have been suggested as well as areas just outside the city, such as Westchester.

STATEN ISLAND NOT EXCLUDED

Although the other three boroughs do not appear to be under consideration, they have not been explicitly ruled out.

When Advance/SILive asked Adams on Wednesday if there was any talk of considering Staten Island, he neither confirmed nor denied, but pointed out that the gaming commission will determine the location/sites:

“New York City’s economic recovery can’t be about going back to how things were – we’re going to rebuild, renew and reinvent our city, and accelerating and expanding gaming options across all five boroughs is the best way. faster to get there,” the mayor said. “While the gaming commission will decide where to locate these casinos, creating new gaming options in New York will create thousands of well-paying jobs in hospitality, technology, security, construction and countless other industries, while simultaneously stimulating billions of dollars in the economy. activity for our city and our state.

EXPANSION OF EXISTING CASINOS VS. NEW BUILDING IN NYC

As lawmakers consider potential locations for full casinos in New York, MGM’s Empire City Casino in Yonkers and Genting’s Resorts World Casino in Aqueduct, Queens top the list. Given the possibility of becoming full-fledged casinos, these well-established casinos – currently limited to electronic games – would not need to be built from scratch; the conversion could be as simple as adding slot machines and tables for games.

“We’re looking more at conversion: if you can convert an existing facility into a full-fledged casino, then that would be acceptable,” explained Gary Pretlow (D-Mount Vernon), president of Assembly Racing and Wagering.

“The former governor didn’t like it. Let’s hope this governor does. So if we can make a conversion then it’s a slam dunk for Genting and MGM,” he added.

Addabbo, a supporter of Resorts World getting the license, said Resorts World was “a good neighbour” and could “create 1,000 jobs almost immediately”. He described the effect of Empire City as being similar.

But if Empire City and Resorts World got the licenses and NYC hit the jackpot with the third license, lawmakers wouldn’t know where the casino would be built.

Some officials representing parts of Manhattan have made it clear they don’t want their borough chosen, Politico reported.

“I just want to make sure they can’t take over a specific neighborhood to take a casino they don’t want to have there,” said Senate Finance Chair Liz Krueger (D -Manhattan).

“My instinct is that there wouldn’t be community support for a casino almost anywhere in Manhattan,” said the senator, who has opposed the idea for some time.

Assemblyman Richard Gottfried (D-Manhattan) agrees with Krueger, saying he thinks “very strongly that a casino does not belong in Manhattan.

According to NBC New Yorksome of the Manhattan locations that have been suggested include the Water Club in Kips Bay, at the top of Saks Fifth Avenue in downtown, and Time Square.

“I think a casino in Manhattan would have a seriously degrading effect on the atmosphere of the area around the casino,” Gottfried said.

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