New York casino gaming

The gambling parlor at the Rivers Casino & Resort
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

It took $330 million to build Rivers Casino & Resort in Schenectady. The gambling hall is celebrating its first anniversary today.

A decision on where to build up to four casinos in upstate New York could come any day. The board reviewing applications for the casino licenses expects to make its choices at its next meeting.

Sixteen proposals for casino licenses have been submitted.

Up to four casino licenses are set to be awarded for three different upstate regions: the Albany-Saratoga area, the Southern Tier-Finger Lakes region and the Catskills and mid-Hudson Valley.

Triin Q/Flickr

Public perception of casinos among upstate New Yorkers continues to evolve. While new gaming halls will be built, people have become more aware of the long-term positives and negatives they'll bring to surrounding areas. 

A Time Warner Cable News/Siena College Poll out Monday finds a majority of those polled favor building a Capitol Region casino.


Another wrinkle in the regional casino picture - Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan announced this week that the the so-called "E23 proposal" with the casino, hotel, restaurants and water park - is not to be –  "What we have learned is that what was at least presented is not possible."

The dream is gone - left behind as wealthy Rochester developer David Flaum looks across the Hudson to Rensselaer, where Wednesday night the city council, in a 6-to-1 vote,  gave Flaum the green light to site a casino-hotel complex on a 24-acre site along the riverbank.

Communities & Casinos

Apr 29, 2014
Gambling chips

Debate over the locations of casinos in New York has intensified. Several municipalities are mulling over the issue.

Many communities across New York are talking about building casinos. Reactions have been mixed. In Saratoga Springs, home to a Racino, the city council came out against "upgrading" to a casino model, prompting developer Saratoga Casino And Raceway to look to places like Newburgh in Orange County and East Greenbush in Rensselaer County as potential casino sites.

Rep. Paul Tonko
Lucas Willard / WAMC

New York Congressman Paul Tonko, a Democrat representing the Capital Region, spoke with WAMC for an upcoming Congressional Corner segment on Thursday. He was asked about the many possible casino proposals being discussed within his district.

Google Maps

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.  Albany Common Council members were briefed on the plan Friday afternoon.

wikipedia commons

The New York State Gaming Commission has announced that it will appoint three individuals to sit on the state’s casino siting panel.

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.

A New York State Supreme Court judge threw out a lawsuit challenging the wording of a November ballot amendment to expand gambling in New York . Opponents say they will appeal.

Triin Q's photostream Flickr

This November, voters in New York will decide whether the state will allow up to seven new resort style gambling casinos, when they have the choice of saying yes or no to an amendment.  But the wording of the actual referendum on the ballot may increase the odds of the new casinos being approved.

NY Ballot Wording Puts Rosy Spin On Casinos

Sep 12, 2013

A referendum on the November ballot to consider approving seven casinos in New York is raising some eyebrows among good-government advocates for wording that promises to lower taxes, provide more money for schools and create more jobs.

One political scientist says the language is pushing voters for a "yes" vote sought by Albany politicians.

The unusually optimistic theme makes no mention that the claims are disputed by some researchers and doesn't note the decline of some casinos in the Northeast or the rise in problem gambling that can shatter families and increase crime.

ROCK HILL – A large turnout of Sullivan County residents, public officials, business leaders and union labor conducted the first effort to educate New York residents about the upcoming vote on the November ballot to legalize casino gaming.

Three areas of the state, including the Catskills, would vie for four casinos with one region getting two and the others, one each.

The “Get Out the Vote” rally held Wednesday night at The Sullivan Hotel in Rock Hill heard from Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther (D, Forestburgh), who said the issue has been on the burner for some four decades.

Governor Signs Casino Gaming Bill

Jul 31, 2013
Office of Governor Andrew Cuomo

ALBANY – Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the legislation on Tuesday that will now put the issue of legalizing casino gaming before voters in November.