NY Assemblywoman Suggests Casino Site in The Bronx

This month, Empire State legislators officially included the fast-tracking of the three casino licenses in downstate New York. And in light of those events, state Assemblymember Amanda Septimo has recently come up with the idea of bringing one of the three commercial gaming licenses to The Bronx, and more specifically at Hunts Point waterfront.

On April 9, 2022, New York announced its final budget plan for the current financial year, which included the acceleration of the issue of downstate gaming licenses. A few years ago, the state put on a moratorium on them, but after a long and thorough review, the state has now lifted it. By the inclusion in the budget, the process will be fast-tracked by at least one year.

The Bronx as a Possible Location

Shortly after the reveal of the final budget, Assemblymember Ms. Septimo came up with a statement that The Bronx should get one of the licenses. She reckons that the borough could use the benefits of such a gaming property, as it would provide a major boost to the local economy. In addition to that, it would also create many new and stable jobs for locals.

In a recent Twitter post, Ms. Septimo shared that she introduced the idea to Councilmember Rafael Salamanca Jr. He represents the area, and seems to be open to the idea of launching a potential casino property in Hunts Point. Currently, a casino in the borough is not a priority to Mr. Salamanca, but he says that the vacant Hunts Point waterfront is a good location for one.

Ms. Septimo explained that the gaming property is not something that is being pushed on the community without input from locals and stakeholders first. He indicated that residents must be part of the discussions, and they will need to say what they expect in terms of benefits to the local population of Hunts Points. Since they will be the ones directly impacted by the inclusion of such a casino.

However, if the plan gains momentum, the waterfront needs to be made accessible to locals, who have been separated from the area due to industrial operations in the last decades. If the site is selected as one of the three downstate locations, it needs to have a written agreement with any operator and developer selected that a public waterfront park and esplanade must be part of the potential deal.

Local Discontent

Last month, New York City Mayor Eric Adams commented that he would rather have two of the three commercial licenses in the Big Apple. One of the proposed locations is the Water Club on 30th Street and the East River in Kips Bay, Manhattan. However, locals such as Diane Liotta and Anton Mallner are not willing to roll the dice on such a project, as it can have a negative effect on the region.

Massive Upside

New York Hotel and Gaming Trades Council is one of the organizations that was happy to learn about the downstate gambling expansion. The council supports Empire City Casino and Resorts World NYC in their pursuit of licenses and said that their transformation into full-scale casinos would provide tons of new jobs in the gambling and hospitality sectors.

Source: Conde, Ed β€œLocal politician wants to bring a casino to The Bronx”, Welcome2TheBronx, April 2022

 

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