At a Senate hearing, representatives of the Gaming Association, led by veteran Albany lobbyist and partner at the Saratoga Casino and Raceway, James Featherstonhaugh, focused the discussion on the economic and job creation benefits. Featherstonhaugh told the panel that gaming revenue at Saratoga Casino & Raceway would grow up to $20 million a year and create hundreds of new jobs if the authorities approve full casino gaming in addition to video lottery terminals and electronic table games.

“We have built an industry in this state, and with your support and your help, we can make this industry a jewel for New York state and a model of public-private partnerships across the country” said Featherstonhaugh.

Timothy Rooney Jr., counsel for Empire City at Yonkers Raceway, Yonkers’ largest private employer with 1,200 employees, said that by adding live table games, the track would be able to compete with casinos in the neighboring states of Connecticut, Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Members of the New York Gaming Association include Yonkers; Batavia Downs Gaming in Genesee County; the Finger Lakes Casino and Racetrack in Farmington, Ontario County; Fairgrounds Gaming and Raceway in Erie County; and Tioga Downs in Tioga County in the Southern Tier.

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