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US – MGM Empire City’s aim to become a casino gets Senate backing

By - 9 February 2022

New York State Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins is backing transforming the MGM Empire City slots parlor at Yonkers raceway into a fully-fledged casino with table games, according to an article in the New York Post.

“Of course I’m going to support my hometown casino, which by the way, has done the work,” Stewart-Cousins (D-Yonkers) said.

She wants to speed up the process with Gov. Kathy Hochul’s proposal timeframe to have the state Gaming Commission issue licenses for up to three casinos in New York City or the surrounding suburbs.

MGM Empire City and Resorts World at Aqueduct want to apply for full casino licenses to offer live card table games.

Resorts World said: “Over the last 10 years, we have been incredibly fortunate to have the unwavering support of a diverse set of community leaders, and we are grateful that they are now sharing their excitement over what a full casino license would mean for Queens. We share their excitement to potentially be able to elevate our support with more good-paying union jobs for local residents, additional funding for public schools and a boon for local small businesses.”

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