Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Massachussets, New York to Postpone Casino-Racino Decisions

The states of New York and Massachussets were expected to make key decisions on casinos by Labor Day but those decisions are likely to come later than Labor Day.

Massachussets Governor Patrick's office denied rumors that he has already decided to allow casino gambling in the state. "There's no truth to this," Patrick's press secretary said yesterday. "The governor has made no decision for or against gaming, and the governor will continue his deliberations until he makes a decision in the coming weeks. It's going to be soon."

Meanwhile, New York Governor Eliot Spitzer said in a news conference on Saturday that a decision on which company will be awarded the franchise to run the Aqueduct, Saratoga and Belmont racetracks may be made after Labor Day. “We're going to try very hard to stick to the Sept. 4 deadline, but I think the thing to keep in mind is that a legislative enactment is required,” Spitzer said. “Sept. 4 will not be a moment when I simply say, ‘This is the answer.’”

Casinos in Massachussets will impact the tribal casinos in Connecticut. The Mashantuckets report that 35% of its casino patrons come from Massachussets while the Sun casino say their Massachussets customers are about half that of those visiting Foxwoods.

The Tribe was asked by Capital Play to be part of a proposal involved in running the New York racetracks.

Related article on New York racetrack bids can be found at: http://feathernews.blogspot.com/2007/07/tribe-to-bid-on-new-york-racetracks.html)