Skip Carlson of Saratoga Casino Hotel speaks at a press conference
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Home to a harness track and a gambling floor with slot machines and other video gaming tables, the Saratoga Casino Hotel has announced a new strategy to compete in an increasingly crowded market.

New Catskills Casino Touts Its Niche, Broad Appeal

Feb 9, 2018
WAMC, Allison Dunne

Resorts World Catskills opened Thursday, a week before what ownership hopes will be a prosperous time. Casino executives are betting on a full house for Lunar New Year, which begins February 16. They also say the $1.2 billion resort aims to appeal to families, along with visitors who may not be interested in gambling.

Resorts World Catskills Opens

Feb 8, 2018
WAMC, Allison Dunne

The fourth and largest of the New York casinos granted gaming licenses opened Thursday in Sullivan County.  Elected officials and casino executives hailed the opening of Resorts World Catskills as a long-awaited day for the rebirth of the region. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne was there for the 8 a.m. opening.

The owners of a resort in the Poconos in Pennsylvania are building an indoor waterpark and hotel on the same property as the soon-to-open Resorts World Catskills casino in Sullivan County. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with waterpark co-owner Ken Ellis about the project in the old “Borscht Belt” set to open next year.

Three new upstate New York casinos have so far failed to generate the big payoffs they projected, meaning less money shared with local towns, cities and counties.

Lawmakers who represent Saratoga Springs have announced passage of a bill to aid a gambling facility facing competition from Schenectady’s full-scale casino.

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Over the years, gambling has moved from the back rooms of candy stores and the illegal numbers racket to legalized multi-million dollar casinos no longer confined to Las Vegas. That expansion has led to an increase in the number of problem gamblers. A two-day conference is under way at the Capital Center in Albany, where counselors, social workers and psychologists are discussing the latest treatments for the addiction. One of the organizers is Kimberly Eisen, the program director of the National Association of Social Workers-New York State branch.

Saratoga Racino Rebrands

Apr 27, 2016

The 75-year-old Saratoga Casino and Raceway announced a new logo and name change on Wednesday.

The City of Schenectady will receive millions from its new casino even before the project begins operating.

The Tioga Downs casino in the Southern Tier is celebrating progress on its expansion project.

NYS Gaming Commission
NYS Gaming Commission

After a year of planning, yesterday it was made official: the New York Gaming Commission awarded three casino licenses, including one for Sullivan County and another for Schenectady. 

  It’s a been a bumpy road for the MGM Springfield project of late.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Massachusetts Representative Richard Neal tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock he’s still ambivalent about casinos. 

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Dave Lucas

Almost exactly a year after the process got under way, New York state gambling regulators today officially approved licenses for three new casinos under construction in the Catskills, Schenectady and the Finger Lakes. WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports from City Hall in Schenectady, where the ruling is being celebrated.

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State regulators are expected to license three new casinos in upstate New York on Monday.

A new report warning of the impacts on existing casinos by new entrants in the Northeast was released this week. Current gambling operations say they're doing what's necessary to stay competitive.

Three casino projects in New York were chosen last December as part of a plan to boost the upstate economy but are still awaiting licenses after nearly a year.

A proposal to build a casino at Bradley International Airport to compete with a casino planned for nearby Springfield, Massachusetts, suffered a setback when Windsor Locks selectmen rejected the idea.

A plan to expand a racino in New York's Southern Tier into a full resort casino has won the endorsement of state gambling regulators.

Schenectady Mayor Gives Casino Project Update

Jul 21, 2015
Schenectady Mayor Gary McCarthy
Gary McCarthy for Mayor

WAMC's Ray Graf speaks with Schenectady Mayor Gary McCarthy for a progress report on the Mohawk Harbor casino project. McCarthy, Galesi Group COO David Buicko and former city mayor Brian Stratton, now head of the state Canal Corp., toured the construction site Tuesday morning.

Construction at the site of a proposed $425 million casino in the Finger Lakes has been suspended after an appeals court voided its local approval plan.

The race for the last upstate casino license has just one runner — a blunt-talking real estate tycoon trying his luck for a second time in New York.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

It was just over six months ago that the New York State Gaming Facility Location Board announced that it was recommending three casino licenses. One was for the mid-Hudson Valley/Catskills region, in Sullivan County. WAMC’s Allison Dunne spent a winter's day in the area of Sullivan where the resort casino is slated to be built and encountered a lot of cautious optimism. Now that summer is nearly here, early visions of the region’s future are coming into focus.

New Jersey lawmakers introduced a bill Monday that would let voters decide whether to allow three new casinos in the northern part of the state just outside New York City. 

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The public will have an opportunity to weigh in on a proposal from Connecticut's two federally recognized Indian tribes to open additional, smaller, jointly-operated casinos to help fend off out-of-state competition.


A Finger Lakes thoroughbred racetrack with video lottery terminals has filed a lawsuit against New York officials for selecting a nearby casino they claim will siphon off customers.

The Finger Lakes Gaming and Racetrack filed a lawsuit against the state board that in December selected Lago Resort & Casino just off the Thruway in the Town of Tyre as one of three recommended sites for an upstate casino. Lago's developers also were named in the lawsuit filed last Friday in Albany.

A losing bidder for New York state casino license says Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is investigating a state board's recent selection of three casino proposals.

U.S. Senator Charles Schumer says a highway that runs through the Hudson Valley should be expanded. He says the expansion is key to accommodating the anticipated increase in traffic with a casino coming to Sullivan County.

Schenectady's planning commission has approved zoning changes that will help pave the way for construction of the new $330 million dollar Rivers Casino project.

The panel met Wednesday night, giving the go-ahead for development by changing rules to allow casino developers to put up buildings as high as 110 feet and 20 square feet of signage at the former Alco site, between Erie Boulevard and the Mohawk River.

111th district assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara:

Nevele Resort, Casino & Spa

The developers behind a failed bid for a casino in Ulster County want to be included if a New York state board reopens the bidding process for a fourth license.

Office of Gov. Andrew Cuomo

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has written a letter to the state Gaming Commission asking to reopen bidding for a casino in the Southern Tier.

The region was not granted a casino license in the first round of awards announced earlier this month.

According to the Democrat and Chronicle, the governor says the area could benefit from economic development.