Three Batavia Downs host communities to see rise in VLT aid


  • 2013 State Budget increases VLT aid by 22 percent from prior year
  • Host communities for Batavia Downs will receive $112K more

Albany, N.Y. –  State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer has announced that three Batavia Downs host communities will receive a 22 percent increase in Video Lottery Terminal (VLT) aid as part of the 2013-14 State Budget.

“I am pleased to announce that my colleagues and I in the State Senate were able to secure more funding than the Executive Budget proposed for VLT aid in this year’s budget,” said Ranzenhofer.  “Now, the City of Batavia, Town of Batavia and Genesee County will receive a twenty-two percent increase in funding from last year to help offset their expenses for hosting Batavia Downs.” 

Breakdown: VLT Aid to Batavia Downs
Casino Host Communities


Executive Budget Proposal

Enacted Budget

Change from
Executive Budget Proposal

of Batavia




of Batavia








Governor Cuomo proposed to eliminate all funding for all of the VLT host communities, except Yonkers, in 2011; and the State Senate opposed the elimination of the funding and managed to restore $6.3 million in host funding.  Throughout the 2013-14 State Budget process, Senator Ranzenhofer worked with his colleagues to secure a 22 percent increase over the prior year’s VLT funding levels.

Authorized by law in 2006, the purpose of  VLT aid is to help offset expenses for municipalities with Video Lottery Terminal facilities, such as Batavia Downs Casino.

About the 61st Senate District

The 61st Senate District encompasses: the Towns of Amherst, Clarence, and Newstead and the Villages of Akron and Williamsville in Erie County; all of Genesee County; and the Towns of Chili and Riga, the Village of Churchville and part of the City of Rochester in Monroe County.