Issues: Gaming

Chanukah is the celebration of Miracles!

"Chanukah is the celebration of miracles, a reminder that all things are possible," Senator Parker said.  "As you celebrate the spirit of Chanukah with friends and family, I wish you health, happiness and good fortune." The holiday celebrates a legendary victory of the Maccabees, a band of Jews, over a Greek army that occupied the Holy Land.  After the battle, the victorious Maccabees found only a one day supply of oil in the temple to light the lamps.  But the oil burned miraculously for eight days, the story says.

December 17, 2014
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Senator Bonacic Announces Sullivan County Will be Home to Sole Casino in Catskills/Hudson Valley Region

New York State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/C/I – Mt. Hope) is pleased to announce that today the New York State Gaming Facility Location Board has announced its selection for the Catskills/Hudson Valley Region, and that the winning applicant is Montreign Resort and Casino located in the Town of Thompson in Sullivan County.

December 17, 2014
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Senator Bonacic Provides Comments for a Fox 5 News program regarding Online Gambling (Click on story to get link to the video)

Senator Bonacic provided comments for an informative Fox 5 News program that aired on August 4, 2014. The program was about online gambling, and Senator Bonacic discussed the potential for online gambling legislation for New York.  

August 5, 2014
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Online Gambling: How can New York learn from New Jersey's Experience

Senator  Bonacic was interviewed for a Fox 5 News program regarding the status of online gambling in New Jersey, and the potential for online gambling legislation for New York.

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August 5, 2014
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Committee Meeting: Racing, Gaming and Wagering Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Racing, Gaming and Wagering Senator John J. Bonacic, Chair  Friday, June 20, 2014 Room 332 CAP

*This meeting will be held OFF THE FLOOR* 

The Senate Racing, Gaming and Wagering Committee will consider the following nomination:  Robert T. Williams as Executive Director of the New York State Gaming Commission (TO APPEAR) 

June 20, 12:30 AM - 1:22 AM
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RITCHIE HUNTING AND FISHING ‘GIFT CARD’ BILL WINS LEGISLATURE’S OK

State Senator Patty Ritchie’s bill directing the state to create “gift cards” that can be used for hunting and fishing license and other fees won final approval in the Senate today.

“Hunting , fishing and outdoor sports are traditions that are handed on from generation to generation, and these gift cards will make it easier for parents, grandparents, neighbors and friends to share their love of the outdoors,” said Senator Ritchie.

Last year, the state Department of Environmental Conservation unveiled gift cards that could be used for camping fees at state-run campgrounds.

June 11, 2014
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Committee Meeting: Racing, Gaming and Wagering Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Racing, Gaming and Wagering Senator John J. Bonacic, Chair 9:30 AM, Tuesday, May 13, 2014 Room 510 LOB

May 13, 9:30 AM - 9:40 AM
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Sen. Krueger Applauds Strong Basic Home Rule Requirement in Gaming Board's Request for Casino Applications

Sen. Krueger today applauded Gov. Andrew Cuomo, the New York State Gaming Commission, and the New York State Gaming Facility Location Board for their institution of a strong basic home-rule requirement for casino license applications. Sen. Krueger previously introduced legislation with Sen. Cecilia Tkaczyk (D-Duanesburg) to guarantee basic home rule for municipalities on casino siting, as well as requiring respect for local zoning and environmental laws in the casino siting process. This legislation (S. 6433) was supported by a diverse group of newspaper editorial boards both upstate and downstate, including the Albany Times Union, New York Post, Poughkeepsie Journal, and Gloversville Leader-Herald.

In its Request for Applications (RFA) issued yesterday, the Gaming Facility Location Board committed that “[a]s a condition of filing, each applicant must illustrate to the Board's satisfaction that local support has been demonstrated,” and specifically, “local support must be demonstrated through a post-November 5, 2013 vote of the local legislative body of each Host Municipality.”

April 1, 2014
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SENATOR VALESKY HAILS PASSAGE OF FOURTH CONSECUTIVE ON-TIME STATE BUDGET

ALBANY, NY—State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) today lauded the passage of the state’s fourth and historic consecutive on-time budget. This has not been accomplished with the same Governor and legislative leaders in more than 40 years.

April 1, 2014
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March 26, 7:00 PM - 7:05 PM
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March 20, 11:30 AM - 11:34 AM
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March 17, 2:30 PM - 2:45 PM
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Committee Meeting: Racing, Gaming and Wagering Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Racing, Gaming and Wagering  Senator John J. Bonacic, Chair  Tuesday, March 4, 2014  332 CAP

March 4, 3:48 PM - 4:13 PM
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Committee Meeting: Racing, Gaming and Wagering Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Racing, Gaming and Wagering  Senator John J. Bonacic, Chair  9:30 AM, Thursday, February 27, 2014  Room 510 LOB

February 27, 9:30 AM - 9:33 AM
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Editorial Boards Cheer Sen. Krueger's Bill to Preserve Home Rule on Casino Siting

Since Sen. Krueger and her colleague Sen. Cecilia Tkaczyk introduced their bill to protect communities' home-rule rights and prevent casinos from being forced on towns that don't want them, mutliple editorial boards from around the state -- and representing a diverse range of viewpoints -- have weighed in, cheering the bill.

February 10, 2014
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Senate Passes Bill to Prevent Welfare Cards from Buying Tobacco, Alcohol and Being Used at Liquor Stores, Casinos and Strip Clubs

The New York Senate today passed the “Public Assistance Integrity Act,” sponsored by Senator Tom Libous, which would prohibit welfare benefits from being used to purchase alcohol and tobacco, or to be used at liquor stores, casinos and strip clubs in New York.

“Public Assistance should not be spent at liquor stores, casinos or strip clubs, but under New York State Law, it’s legal. We need to stop this abuse,” said Libous. “Every welfare dollar spent at the liquor store is money that could be going to help families get back on their feet.”

Parts of Libous’ Public Assistance Integrity Act were also added to Governor Cuomo’s Executive Budget Proposal. The provisions added would make it illegal to use EBT Cards at liquor stores, strip clubs and casinos.

February 4, 2014
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SPORTSMEN: IMPORTANT CHANGES FOR 2014

Senator Ritchie’s Weekly Column 

February 3, 2014
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Committee Meeting: Racing, Gaming and Wagering Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Racing, Gaming and Wagering Senator John J. Bonacic, Chair 9:30 AM, Tuesday, February 4, 2014 Room 510 LOB

February 4, 9:32 AM - 9:36 AM
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Sens. Krueger, Tkaczyk Introduce Bill to Protect Communities’ Home Rule and Zoning Rights with Respect to Casinos

Today State Senators Liz Krueger (D-Manhattan) and Cecilia Tkaczyk (D-Duanesburg) announced the introduction of legislation protecting the basic home-rule rights of municipalities with respect to casino siting (S. 6433-2014).

January 23, 2014
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Committee Meeting: Racing, Gaming and Wagering Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Racing, Gaming and Wagering Senator John J. Bonacic, Chair 9:30 AM, Thursday, January 23, 2014 Room 510 LOB

January 23, 9:30 AM - 9:33 AM
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