Senate Standing Committee on Racing, Gaming and Wagering Chair: Senator John J. Bonacic Public Hearing: To Discuss the Future of Online Poker in New York State Place: Van Buren Hearing Room A, Legislative Office Building, 2nd Floor, Albany, New York Time: 1:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M. Contact: Andrew Winchell (845) 344-3311 Media Contact: Conor Gillis (845) 344-3311 ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY
UTICA – As the New York State Gaming Commission prepares to issue licenses for new casino facilities in the next several months, state Senator Joseph Griffo is expressing his concerns about recent developments in the casino location process.
In a letter Griffo sent this week to the Gaming Commission, he urged the panel to be thorough and consistent in its process to expand gaming facilities across the state. The Senator’s latest letter was prompted by two recent events in particular that he believes raise questions over how the application process is conducted.
"A proposal has been floated to exempt the siting of VLT facilities in Nassau County from local zoning requirements. I oppose the proposal and any effort to preempt local zoning oversight in Nassau County. I will continue to fight efforts to diminish or eliminate local control in our county. A local community's voice in shaping growth and development must be respected and preserved."
In recognition of her efforts to support outdoors enthusiasts, State Senator Patty Ritchie was recently honored by the Oswego County Federation of Sportsmen with the group’s “Advocate of Sportsmen Award.”
Representatives of the group—which includes 27 sportsmen's clubs with over 4,500 members—presented the Senator with the special award on a recent visit to the State Capitol.
The New York State Senate today celebrated Earth Day and passed an extensive package of bills that would create new protections for natural resources, promote energy conservation, help create green jobs, and increase tourism through enhanced recreational opportunities. Senate Majority Leader Dean G.
“Earlier today, Nassau OTB officially abandoned its plan to put a VLT facility at the former Fortunoff’s Store in Westbury.
This is welcome news for all of us who have spent the last several weeks telling OTB that a VLT facility does not belong at this site. It is too close to our homes, our schools, and it would have a negative impact on the community.
I thank OTB for finally listening to the thousands of residents, community leaders, and elected officials who voiced their concerns and abandoning its plan.”
"For weeks we have been telling OTB that Fortunoff's is the wrong place for a VLT facility, period. It's too close to our homes, to our schools, and has no place in our community. The entire community, its elected officials, and leaders stand united in opposition. The Town of Hempstead has confirmed what everyone outside of OTB has known all along; that this facility is too close to our homes. OTB needs to listen to the community and walk away."
UTICA – With the Gaming Facility Location Board deciding Tuesday to re-open the bidding process for a fourth casino, Senator Joseph A. Griffo is asking the state Gaming Commission to put a moratorium on granting licenses.
"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.