Gotham Gazette

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  • I’ve Worked in Times Square for 18 Years; A Fresh Entertainment Destination – with Gaming – is the Change the Neighborhood Needs

    Rendering of a proposed Times Square casino

    In 1998, I started selling clothing at the corner of 45th and Broadway in the heart of Times Square. Back then, the neighborhood was chaotic, overwhelming, and a little bit scary. In the 2000s, the area was a target of global violence, as well: On May 1, 2010, a Nissan Pathfinder parked near my stand began emitting smoke. I joined a handful of other vendors in alerting the NYPD, who eventually found and disassembled an explosive device made up of two full 5-gallon cans of gasoline, three full 20-gallon propane tanks, and more than 250 pounds

  • Three Downstate Casino Licenses are Up for Grabs: Everything You Need To Know


    A rendering for The Coney, a proposed casino in Coney Island

    After Governor Kathy Hochul and the State Legislature decided that Downstate New York—which includes New York City, Long Island, and Westchester County—could potentially get three full casino licenses on a faster timeline than originally planned, the application process has begun and concepts for proposals have been sporadically announced. 

    The availability of the three casino licenses and the process for awarding them were finalized in the state budget passed in April

  • ‘We Have Been Behind for a Really Long Time’: Borough President Vanessa Gibson’s Vision for Lifting Up the Bronx


    Bronx Borough President Vanessa Gibson (photo: William Alatriste/City Council)

    Vanessa Gibson ran for Bronx Borough President in 2021 on a platform focused on improving public housing and jumpstarting COVID-19 recovery. Now, just over one year into her term, she is advancing her agenda with a focus on public health, economic and housing development, and more. Gibson recognizes the Bronx’s many challenges, including as the borough with the highest rates of unemployment, poverty,

  • New York Should Bring Full Casino Gaming Downstate to Create Good-Paying Jobs and Tax Revenue

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    Full casino gaming downstate should be on the table, the author says (photo: governor's office)

    Back in 2013, the Hotel Trades Council (HTC) — the union I lead that represents nearly 40,000 hotel, hospitality, and gaming industry workers across New York City and the surrounding suburbs — negotiated a landmark contract that nearly doubled workers’ wages, guaranteed free family health care, and provided retirement security to over three-quarters of employees at Resorts World, the city’s one and only casino. This was the beginning of the pathway out of poverty

  • Big Upsides to Downstate Gaming: Union Jobs and Transit Revenue

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    (photo: Governor's Office)

    New York has a proud history of thinking big and building bold. As New York searches for routes to generate new revenue to fund critical priorities, and drive job growth through significant private investment projects, we have an unparalleled opportunity right in front of us.

    Albany leaders should lift the moratorium on the expansion of casino development downstate and begin an open competition for the remaining three gaming licenses as approved by New York voters in 2013. No other opportunity is currently