On June 24, the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts ruled that a citizen-sponsored referendum to repeal the state’s 2011 casino law can appear on the ballot in November. As the Boston Globe reported, the ruling sets the stage for a fierce campaign between casino supporters and opponents. Casino developers will be among those arguing to maintain the legal status quo. They will be joined by labor unions, who welcome the job opportunities casinos would create for Massachusetts residents. On the other side are organizations that oppose gambling and the expansion of the casino industry, such as the citizen-led Repeal the Casino Deal. Millions of dollars will likely be spent on the campaign between now and Election Day, November 4, when voters in the Bay State will ultimately decide the issue.
By Karl J. Sleight
As the 4:00 p.m. deadline came and went on Monday to submit applications for one of the four casino licenses up for grabs, 16 entities had submitted applications for 17 sites that in many cases consisted of tons (literally) of paper. After the passage of the state constitutional amendment by voters last November, and the release of the Request for Applications (RFA) by the Facility Location Board (siting board) in March, the competition is officially underway. The question is: Now what? The landscape of the three development regions has been defined by the various applications. Continue reading
Tomorrow at historic Belmont Park, California Chrome, the 3-year-old modestly bred colt with regular-folk owners will take center stage and try and do something that others have tried, but failed, since 1978. After winning the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness, the story of California Chrome has captured the imagination of the country and on Saturday in the Belmont Stakes he will run in the race rightfully named “The Test of the Champion.” Can he do it? Here’s why he can, and perhaps, why not. Continue reading
This morning, a joint statement from the New York State Gaming Commission, The New York Racing Association, and The Jockey Club announced the three Stewards at Belmont Park unanimously agreed to allow horses to use nasal strips in the 146th running of the Belmont Stakes. Pursuant to New York State Gaming Commission Rule 4033.8, “[o]nly equipment specifically approved by the stewards shall be worn or carried by a jockey or a horse in a race.” The effect of the ruling will be that Triple Crown contender California Chrome will be permitted to use nasal strips in his pursuit of history on June 7, 2014.
The Stewards relied upon the expert analysis from New York State Gaming Commission Equine Medical Director Scott E. Palmer, VDM who stated,
“I recommend that the stewards at State-based Thoroughbred racetracks discontinue their ban on equine nasal strips. Equine nasal strips do not enhance equine performance nor do they pose a risk to equine health or safety and as such do not need to be regulated.”
For more on the issue, see the joint statement in full, below.
Playing out in the state capital of New York this week is a saga in its ninth year, the latest chapter in the prosecution of former New York State Senate Majority Leader Joseph L. Bruno. Now he is being put on trial again and a so-called “worthless horse” is at the center of the case. Continue reading
Last week, we interviewed Rufus Judson, President of The Pike Company as part of our PICK 4 interview series. Today, we turn our discussion to the role of construction project management as the process continues toward siting four casinos in upstate New York.
Here to provide expert insight on the issue is Peter Cornell, President of Pike Development. Continue reading