Live! casino amends its application

In the parade of casino developers outdoing one another in their offerings, Live! Hotel & Casino New York in South Blooming Grove comes with a new proposal.

Live!, backed by partners The Cordish Companies and Penn National Gaming, just announced it has amended its application to the state Gaming Commission to include a partnership with a Catskill casino for a joint loyalty program. That’s in case the commission approves casinos in both locations.

The program would include cross marketing opportunities, including Catskill casino’s marketing material in hotel rooms and throughout the property, and allowing loyalty awards earned at one location to be redeemed at another.

Never mind that Live! hasn’t actually spoken to a specific developer in the Catskills or to all three. A spokeswoman for the company said it was making the commitment through the amendment, and yes, it was intended to be reciprocal.

This is the second time Live! has updated its application, which was due June 30. In September, in a presentation before the Gaming Commission meant to discuss individual projects, Cordish said it would spend $1.5 million a year to bring manufacturing to Orange County.

That left many attendees scratching their heads.

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Caesars announces deals with food, beverage vendors

Caesars Entertainment said Tuesday it has signed agreements with 348 local food and beverage vendors to use their products at the casino resort it hopes to build in Woodbury, if granted a state license.

It offered the following sampling of businesses involved in its “Gateway to New York” program: ACE Farm, the longtime egg producer in Woodbury and Monroe;  Nat Kagan Meat & Poultry, a Sullivan County wholesaler;  Hudson Valley Cattle Company; Byrne Dairy of Montgomery; and Palaia Vineyard of Highland Mills.

Here’s the statement from Jan Jones Blackhurst, executive vice president for communications and government relations for Caesars:

“We are excited to build on the state’s successful homegrown food and beverage initiatives by featuring farm-to-table products at our resort’s restaurants and venues. Through partnerships with the state’s farms, wineries, cideries, breweries, distilleries, and other businesses producing dairy products, food, and spirits here in New York, Caesars is committed to showcasing local products for years to come. These agreements are a win-win for the entire state.”



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Caesars opens Woodbury office

Caesars Entertainment will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Monday to celebrate the opening of an office on Route 32 in Highland Mills, the local command center for its quest to build an $880 million casino resort near the Harriman Metro-North station.

The event will take place at 11:30 a.m. at 500 Route 32. In an announcement on Friday, Caesars described the office as “the central hub connecting Caesars New York and the community,” and listed eight chambers of commerce in the region that it expects to send representatives to the ribbon-cutting. Somewhat surprisingly, that list included Ulster County’s chamber, which you would expect to see supporting the rival Nevele casino project outside Ellenville.

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Gaming industry partners with nonprofit to prevent kids being left in cars

The gaming industry is partnering with a national child safety organization to educate customers not to leave their children in cars while they gamble.

The effort coincides with “Responsible Gaming Education Week,” which runs through August 9.

The American Gaming Association will connect, a nonprofit working to prevent injuries and death to children in motor vehicles, with security personnel at casino to help educate and strengthen existing policies, said Chris Moyer, a spokesman for AGA.

Members of the AGA include Caesars, Penn National Gaming, and Genting’s Resort World New York, which, between them, have proposed four casinos in Orange County. One or two out of nine proposed sites will be picked by the New York state Gaming Commission later in the fall.

Currently casinos have procedures in place where security personnel make rounds of parking lots to make sure no one is left behind in locked cars, said Moyer. Still news reports and nonprofits opposed to casinos have documented dozens of cases across the country where infants, toddlers, children as well as elderly people have been found left unattended in cars outside casinos. In some cases they died.

Moyer said instances like these are reported at shopping malls, grocery stores and offices, and are not unique to casinos.

“These instances are very rare, but even one instance is one too many,” Moyer said, adding that’s why the gaming industry had partnered with KidsAndCars.

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Caesars will hold job fair to tout opportunities

Caesars Entertainment has scheduled a job fair in Harriman on Thursday to whet the public’s appetite for what is says would be 3,000 “permanent, well-paying, mostly union jobs” at Caesars New York, the resort it hopes to build in Woodbury if chosen for a casino license.

The event will take place at 7-9 p.m. at the IBEW Local 363 union hall, a short distance from the 115-acre site of the proposed resort. The IBEW building is at 67 Commerce Drive South in Harriman, just off Route 17.

The job fair follows a July 9 forum Caesars held for prospective vendors and suppliers, attended by more than 200 people, according to the company. The company has said that combined wages and benefits for employees of Caesars New York, if it comes to fruition, would average around $50,000 a year.

“Following the successful turnout of our vendor forum for local businesses, we are excited to host our first employment expo for people in the area to learn about the benefits of working for Caesars, and to help the community partner in building a premier resort destination in Woodbury,” Jan Jones Blackhurst,  executive vice president for communications and government relations for Caesars, said in a press release announcing the job fair.


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Casino developers to hold golf outing for Blooming Grove police and fire

The Cordish Companies and Penn National Gaming are seriously wooing the South Blooming Grove community where they hope to build the Live! Hotel & Casino New York should they win a license.

The partners will sponsor a golf outing to benefit the Blooming Grove Police PBA and South Blooming Grove Fire Department. The Guns and Hoses Golf Tournament will be held Sept. 12 at the Otterkill Country Club in memory of Sgt. Matthew Kelly who died at the age of 35 from cancer.

As many as 144 interested golfers can sign up for $150 each. The money cover greens fees, cart, shirt, three meals and an open bar. Checks will go to the Blooming Grove PBA.

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Caesars holds forum for potential vendors

Caesars Entertainment is holding a forum in Woodbury Wednesday evening for businesses that hope to become vendors or suppliers for the $880 million casino resort Caesars plans to build near the Harriman Metro-North station if granted a state casino license.

The gathering will take place from 7-9 p.m. at the Falkirk Estate and Country Club at 206 Smith Clove Road in Central Valley. Caesars encouraged small companies and business owners who are veterans, women or minorities to attend.

Here’s a statement about the event from Jan Jones Blackhurst, executive vice president for communications and government relations: “We are excited to host our first forum on procurement and strategic sourcing for local vendors and suppliers to help build a world-class resort destination in Woodbury. By working closely with upstate businesses, we will continue to build meaningful and long-lasting relationships with the community – and Caesars is encouraging veterans and other small-businesses to bring their expertise to the table. Through these partnerships, we hope to ensure the most economic benefits for Woodbury, the region and the entire state of New York.”

The website for the project, known as Caesars New York, is at The proposal is one of nine vying for either one or two casino licenses the state expects to award this year in Orange, Ulster and Sullivan counties.


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Restaurants announced for proposed South Blooming Grove casino

A casino is still a nebulous dream, but partners The Cordish Cos. and Penn National Gaming have released a list of restaurants that will be located at the Live! Hotel & Casino New York, should they win a license to operate in South Blooming Grove.

The dining establishments include Bobby Flay Steak, Bobby’s Burger Palace, The Cheesecake Factory, Smorgasburg, and Fornino, according to a press release by the partners who are operating as OCCR. None of the restaurants and chains currently has locations in Orange County.

The 1.1-million-square-foot project to be built at a cost of $750 million is among the larger casinos proposed in the region and will be located on a 120-acre property off Route 208 in the village. The project is among nine in the region competing to win a casino license in the Hudson Valley and Catskills

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Moody’s puts U.S. gaming industry on negative outlook

Credit rating agency Moody’s put the U.S. gaming industry on a negative outlook, on the expectation that revenues will continue to decline.

Some of the state gaming authorities that released revenue results for May posted small declines, according to Moody’s. The agency had expected revenue to increase slightly.

Moody’s now expects the gaming revenue authorities report will fall over the next 12 to 18 months by 3 to 5 percent.

Moody’s senior vice president Keith Foley said the falling revenue comes even as more regional casinos have been built across the U.S.  Foley said the numbers indicate consumers will “limit their spending to items more essential than gaming, even as the U.S. economy continues to improve.”

The results do not include the Las Vegas Strip, which continues to perform well in terms of gaming revenue.

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Greenetrack partners with Full House Resorts

Greenetrack has partnered with Full House Resorts for its proposed casino in New Windsor.

Full House is a publicly traded casino company based in Las Vegas that owns casinos in Indiana, Mississippi and Nevada. Full House will run the casino Greenetrack has proposed on 140 acres next to Stewart International Airport, according to a press release.

Full House would also operate the proposed Howe Caverns Resort and Casino in the Capital Region. Lee Iacocca, who led Ford and Chrysler, was a member of Full House’s board until last year. He is still one of the company’s principal owners, according to Full House’s website.

Greenetrack’s proposed casino, called the Grand Hudson Casino and Resort, offers a sports center in addition to amenities like gaming space, shopping and a hotel.

The Mid-Hudson Valley Sports & Aquatic Center would be open year-round and features two regulation-size basketball courts, three indoor soccer fields and an Olympic-sized swimming pool.

The casino proposal also offers other benefits to the region. Greenetrack will give New Windsor $2.5 million for economic development, bring trolleys to Newburgh and fund a tourism executive director to work within a Newburgh business organization.

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