Gaming Commission Holds Forum on Problem Gambling

By Mitchell J. Pawluk

The New York State Gaming Commission held a full-day hearing on Wednesday concerning the issue of problem gambling in an era of expanded gaming. Thirteen witnesses provided testimony on a variety of issues, including but not limited to: Continue reading

Gaming Commission Announces Witnesses for Forum on Problem Gambling

By The Editorial Team

Yesterday afternoon, the Gaming Commission announced the witnesses expected to attend Wednesday’s forum on problem gambling. At the forum, the commission will take testimony from a variety of experts on the issue of problem gambling “in an effort to guide the development of an industry best practices framework for casino operators to establish a responsible gambling program” and to assist the commission in creating and implementing regulations concerning problem gambling. The forum will be held at the Empire State Plaza and is expected to feature the following witnesses:

Sarah E. Nelson, Ph.D - Associate Director of Research, Division on Addiction, Cambridge Health Alliance, Harvard Medical School

James Maney - Executive Director, New York Council on Problem Gambling

Jon Kelly, Ph.D - Chief Executive Officer, The Responsible Gambling Council, Toronto, Ontario

Keith Whyte - Executive Director, National Council on Problem Gambling

Carlos Blanco M.D. Ph.D - Columbia Gambling Disorders Clinic

Edelgard Wulfert, Ph.D - Professor of Psychology, Dean, College of Arts and Sciences, SUNY Albany

Members of Gamblers Anonymous

John J. Coppola – Executive Director, Alcoholism & Substance Abuse Providers of New York State, Inc.

Harvey Rosenthal – Executive Director, New York Association of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services, Inc.

Christine Reilly – Senior Research Director, National Center for Responsible Gaming

Jenness Clairmont, LCSW-R, LMFT – Staff Psychotherapist, Clinical Director, Samaritan Counseling Center

Karin Carreau – Director of Policy, National Association of Social Workers – NYS Chapter

Kevin P. Mullally – Vice President, Government Relations and General Counsel, Gaming Laboratories International, LLC

Jennifer Shatley – Vice-President, Responsible Gaming Policies & Compliance, Caesars Entertainment


Board Releases Casino RFA

By The Editorial Team

 The New York State Gaming Commission and the Gaming Facility Location Board held back-to-back meetings this afternoon. The Commission and the Board promulgated emergency rules and regulations concerning the casino application process and details concerning the Request for Applications (RFA). Following the meeting, the Board released the RFA, Gaming Facility License Application Form, Multi Jurisdictional Personal History Disclosure Form, and New York Supplement to the Multi Jurisdictional Personal History Disclosure Form. Continue reading

Siting Board Selects Gaming Advisory Consultant

By The Editorial Team

The Gaming Commission’s Gaming Facility Location Board announced yesterday that it has hired Taft, Stettinius & Hollister LLP (Taft) to provide gaming advisory services in the review and selection of up to four casinos this year. In addition, Taft has subcontracted with financial advisory firm Christiansen Capital Advisors, investment bank Houlihan Lokey Capital, and gaming consultant Macomber International.   Continue reading

Commission Holds First Meeting with New Chair

By Mitchell J. Pawluk

The New York State Gaming Commission held its first meeting since the confirmation of Chairman Mark Gearan (“Senate Confirms Chair of Gaming Commission”). The commission addressed issues affecting both the racing and gaming industries at the meeting, including formal appointments to the Resort Gaming Facility Location Board. Continue reading

Saratoga Springs Passes Resolution; Opposing Sides Each Claim Victory

By The Editorial Team

This past Tuesday night, the City Council for Saratoga Springs unanimously passed a resolution authored by Mayor Joanne Yepsen, concerning the Upstate New York Gaming Economic Development Act of 2013 (“Gaming Act”). A number of media outlets reported the City Council as voting in opposition to expanded gaming within the city.  However, both the supporters of expanded gaming in Saratoga Springs and those in opposition are claiming victory following the Council’s vote. The basis for each sides’ claims lies in the detailed language of the resolution. Continue reading

Senate Confirms Chair of Gaming Commission

By The Editorial Team

Last night, the New York State Senate unanimously confirmed Mark D. Gearan, President of Hobart and William Smith Colleges, to become the first Chairman of the seven-member New York State Gaming Commission.  Continue reading

NYRA’s Bold Move

By Karl J. Sleight

Earlier this month the New York Racing Association (NYRA) announced a substantially retooled and lucrative Belmont Stakes Day. Having previously increased the purse to $1.5 million for the Belmont Stakes, the third jewel of racing’s Triple Crown, the remainder of the race card received a substantial upgrade to include 10 graded stakes races and an investment of $8 million in total purses for the day. The move by the NYRA Board is nothing less than a bet on itself. Continue reading

Commission Names First Three Facility Location Board Members

By The Editorial Team

This afternoon, the New York State Gaming Commission announced the first three of five individuals to serve on the Resort Gaming Facility Location Board at its next meeting. The board will be responsible for evaluating casino applications and selecting who is eligible to apply for four casino licenses to be awarded to facilities located in upstate New York.

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