Karl Sleight to Appear on The Capitol Pressroom September 25

By The Editorial Team

New York Racing and Gaming Blog editorial team member Karl J. Sleight will appear on The Capitol Pressroom with capitol correspondent Susan Arbetter Thursday, September 25 at 11:00 a.m. to discuss casino applicant presentations, regional public hearings, the vetting process of applicants that will continue and time frame for recommendations for winners. You can listen to a live broadcast on The Capitol Pressroom web site.


Board Releases Details on Public Hearings

By The Editorial Team

This afternoon, the New York Gaming Facility Location Board released details concerning the protocol for three public hearings to be held across the state as part of the casino application and siting process.  Each public hearing is scheduled to last up to 12 hours and can be observed either in-person or through the gaming commission’s webpage.  The three public hearings will be held at the following locations and dates:

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Karl Sleight and Christopher Hinckley to Moderate Panels at the Saratoga Institute on Racing and Gaming

By The Editorial Team

Harris Beach attorneys Karl J. Sleight and Christopher W. Hinckley are presenting at the Saratoga Institute on Racing and Gaming to be held August 12-13, 2014 at the Gideon Putnam Hotel and Conference Center, Saratoga Springs. Continue reading

Massachusetts Voters Will Decide Casinos’ Future

By The Editorial Team

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.

Delivery Day for the Remaining 16

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

Williams Confirmed as Executive Director of Gaming Commission

By The Editorial Team

Last night, the New York State Senate confirmed Robert T. Williams as executive director of the New York State Gaming Commission. Since the creation of the commission— Continue reading

Gaming Commission Releases White Paper

By The Editorial Team

This week, the New York State Gaming Commission released a “Regulatory Practice White Paper” providing the views of staff “on how commercial gambling in New York State should be appropriately regulated.”  The White Paper addresses a number of issues  Continue reading

California Dreamin’

By Karl J. Sleight

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

Gaming Commission Meets; Promulgates Regulations

By The Editorial Team

The New York State Gaming Commission met this morning, addressing issues affecting both the racing and gaming industries. Continue reading

NYRA Stewards Allow Equine Nasal Strips

By The Editorial Team

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.