A lobbying group representing the state’s nine racetrack casinos is again touting its contributions to the state’s education system as Gov. Andrew Cuomo pushes for three Las Vegas-style casinos to be located upstate.
The New York Gaming Association launched a new, statewide radio advertising campaign on Monday with a heavy focus on education. The nine racinos feature so-called Video Lottery Terminals; lottery revenue currently goes toward school funding in New York.
From the minute-long radio spot:
“It’s a typical day at a New York racetrack casino. While some horses munch away at their oats, others head off to train on the track. But there’s one thing that’s anything but typical about New York’s nine racetrack casinos—the fact that this year alone, they’ll contribute a billion dollars to New York schools. That’s enough funding to hire 13,000 teachers across the state, all while holding the line on property taxes.”
State lawmakers last year passed a constitutional amendment to allow seven full-fledged casinos statewide, though it must be passed again by the Legislature and approved in a public referendum before taking effect. In his State of the State this month, Cuomo proposed going forward with “phase one” of his casino plan—three facilities located outside of New York City, Long Island and Putnam, Rockland and Westchester counties.
The Gaming Association had been pushing a plan to allow the nine racinos—including Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway and Batavia Downs—to have full table games. That plan was opposed by Cuomo.
Here’s the radio spot, which hit the airwaves today: