casino gambling http://wamc.org en Progress Reported On Casino Impact Research Project http://wamc.org/post/progress-reported-casino-impact-research-project <p>Thousands of Massachusetts residents are being surveyed as part of multi-year, multi-million dollar research project on the social and economic impacts of introducing casino gambling to the state.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p> The members of the UMass Amherst led research team say initial results will be reported to the Massachusetts Gaming Commission in September. These findings will be the baseline that will be used to measure changes in problem gambling, domestic violence, housing prices and a host of other socio-economic factors as casinos open over the next one to three years.</p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 22:39:00 +0000 Paul Tuthill 88264 at http://wamc.org Progress Reported On Casino Impact Research Project Albany Law School Introducing New Program On Racing, Equine And Gaming Law http://wamc.org/post/albany-law-school-introducing-new-program-racing-equine-and-gaming-law <p></p><p>Beginning in September Albany law school is launching a new concentration in equine, racing, and gaming law. The program is being introduced as states including New York and Massachusetts are expanding casino gaming.</p><p></p> Sun, 13 Apr 2014 17:07:23 +0000 Lucas Willard 88103 at http://wamc.org Albany Law School Introducing New Program On Racing, Equine And Gaming Law Massachusetts Casino Licensing Pace Gives Gambling Opponents A Window http://wamc.org/post/massachusetts-casino-licensing-pace-gives-gambling-opponents-window <p> The effort to bring casino gambling to Massachusetts,which began almost two-and-a-half years ago, has hit some speed bumps along the way.&nbsp; Gambling opponents believe they still have a chance to shut down the fledgling industry in Massachusetts.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 22:10:00 +0000 Paul Tuthill 87288 at http://wamc.org Massachusetts Casino Licensing Pace Gives Gambling Opponents A Window Casino RFA Raises Questions On Likelihood Of Saratoga Springs Casino http://wamc.org/post/casino-rfa-raises-questions-likelihood-saratoga-springs-casino <p>New York state has issued its much-anticipated Request for Applications to casino operators. Now, some observers think siting criteria could keep a full-size casino out of Saratoga Springs after all.</p><p></p><p>The Request for Applications to Develop and Operate a Gaming Facility in New York State was issued this week by the State Gaming Commission.</p><p>Casino operators seeking a full casino license under New York’s new casino gambling law must submit their applications, along with a $1 million application fee. The cost of the license is $50 million.</p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 16:41:14 +0000 Lucas Willard 87271 at http://wamc.org Casino RFA Raises Questions On Likelihood Of Saratoga Springs Casino Albany Casino Plan Presented To Common Council http://wamc.org/post/albany-casino-plan-presented-common-council <p></p><p>Capital District OTB has partnered with a Rochester developer - they've come up with a $300-million idea to build a casino at Thruway Exit 23.&nbsp; Albany Common Council members were briefed on the plan Friday afternoon.</p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 20:24:43 +0000 Dave Lucas 86417 at http://wamc.org Albany Casino Plan Presented To Common Council Saratoga Springs City Council Adopts Resolution Against Casino Law http://wamc.org/post/saratoga-springs-city-council-adopts-resolution-against-casino-law <p>The Saratoga Springs City Council unanimously passed a resolution opposing New York’s casino gambling law Tuesday night.</p><p> Hundreds of area residents packed into Saratoga Springs City Hall Tuesday. The room was seemingly split down the middle, red shirts on one side, white on the other – the colors associated with groups against and for casino expansion at the Saratoga Casino and Raceway.</p> Wed, 05 Mar 2014 18:19:44 +0000 Lucas Willard 85186 at http://wamc.org Saratoga Springs City Council Adopts Resolution Against Casino Law Harness Racetrack Gets Nod For First Massachusetts Casino http://wamc.org/post/harness-racetrack-gets-nod-first-massachusetts-casino <p>A harness racing track has been chosen by Massachusetts gambling regulators as the site of the state’s first casino.&nbsp; If all goes according to schedule, the casino that will have up to 1,250 slot machines, but no table games, will open just over a year from now.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 17:18:00 +0000 Paul Tuthill 84857 at http://wamc.org Harness Racetrack Gets Nod For First Massachusetts Casino Saratoga Springs Commissioner Comes Out Against Full-Scale Casino http://wamc.org/post/saratoga-springs-commissioner-comes-out-against-full-scale-casino <p>Though Saratoga Springs is considered a contending location for a full-scale casino license in New York, another member of the Saratoga Springs City Council has come out against expanded casino gambling.</p><p></p><p>According to a letter<a href="http://blog.timesunion.com/saratogaseen/scirocco-urges-no-vote-on-casino/20544/"> posted online by the Albany Times Union</a>, Saratoga Springs Public Works Commissioner &nbsp;Anthony “Skip” Scirocco recently released a statement on his stance against the introduction of full-scale casino resort to the city.</p><p></p> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 02:00:00 +0000 Lucas Willard 84724 at http://wamc.org Saratoga Springs Commissioner Comes Out Against Full-Scale Casino Potential Referendum Battle Looms Over Massachusetts Casinos http://wamc.org/post/potential-referendum-battle-looms-over-massachusetts-casinos <p>As Massachusetts moves closer to issuing the state’s first casino licenses a potential referendum battle is looming.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Anti-casino leaders are busy developing a campaign strategy to persuade Massachusetts voters to repeal the state’s 2011 gaming law that authorized casino gambling. Steve Abdow, a member of the leadership team of the Repeal the Casino Deal ballot initiative said the message will be pretty straightforward.</p> Mon, 10 Feb 2014 23:24:00 +0000 Paul Tuthill 83574 at http://wamc.org Potential Referendum Battle Looms Over Massachusetts Casinos Three Appointed To New York's Casino Siting Board http://wamc.org/post/three-appointed-new-yorks-casino-siting-board <p>The New York State Gaming Commission has announced that it will appoint three individuals to sit on the state’s casino siting panel.</p><p></p><p>The Commission announced Thursday three new people to serve on the Resort Gaming Facility Location Board. The Board will be responsible for evaluating casino applications and determining who will be eligible for a full-scale casino license.</p><p></p> Thu, 06 Feb 2014 22:36:30 +0000 Lucas Willard 83358 at http://wamc.org Three Appointed To New York's Casino Siting Board