Assemblyman Goldfeder: Enhanced Gaming in New York State Would Offer a Much-Needed Boost for Our Economy

Adding table games to our casinos would give New York better odds
December 19, 2011
Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder is pictured with Senator Joe Addabbo and President of Resorts World, Michael Speller, at the grand opening of the second phase of the casino at Aqueduct.

Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Far Rockaway) announced his support for a proposed constitutional amendment allowing full casinos, including table games to operate in New York State.

“Bringing table games to the casinos in New York is a fantastic way to stimulate our economy and draw more businesses into the state,” said Assemblyman Goldfeder. “Doing so creates opportunities for countless jobs, increased tourism and much-needed revenue.”

According to a Quinnipiac poll done earlier this fall, fifty-six percent of New Yorkers are in favor of creating casinos similar to those operating in Las Vegas and Atlantic City. Sixty-four percent agree that building private casinos – those not designated to Indian reservation territory – will bolster the state’s sluggish economy.i

New York State’s newest casino, Resorts World, is located in Ozone Park, Queens and is limited under current law to only provide Video Lottery Terminal’s (VLT) in its gaming area. The casino is expected to generate up to $1.5 million a day for the state.ii

Since they began operations, Resorts World has worked hand-in-hand with elected leaders and the community to ensure seamless transition and development at the Aqueduct facility. They meet regularly with the NYPD and the local community, in an effort to address any neighborhood concerns, responding as quickly as possible when any issues arise.

“Genting and Resorts World have been a valuable community partner since the shovel went into the ground,” said Goldfeder. “They are a perfect example of community partnership and we need to give them the tools necessary to continue to succeed and grow.”

The proposed amendment would have to be approved by both houses in the legislature in two separate legislative sessions, with a general election separating them. From there, the amendment would go to voters and must be approved by a majority before becoming part of the constitution.