For those who love to gamble, Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway has news for you: it's about to embark on a groundbreaking expansion that will add 66,000 square-feet to the facility, jam-packed with a slew of new electronic table games, amenities, and more local job opportunities.
Those benefits and more rounded up an optimistic crowd of Yonkers residents, state officials and Empire City employees this past sunny Tuesday morning as they proudly posed with hard hats and celebratory shovels to ignite the exciting new development.
With its upcoming renovations, the facility projects 300 jobs to be added to the current employee roster of 1,200making it the largest job supplier in the city.
Were creating more jobs here and getting the local parents working, said Tim Rooney Jr., who serves as General Counsel for the racino.
Empire City CEO and President Tim Rooney, Sr. projects $1 billion to be generated for New York State education and the Yonkers schools a relief considering the recent drop-offs in state aid for education. Just last year, the New York Lottery reported that profits from the casino banked $23.3 million to the Yonkers School District alone.
This will help create a better life and our [city] budget, said Yonkers Mayor Phil Amicone.
Later, Amicone thanked the Rooney family personally for their company's contribution to the community.
Thanks for working with [the city] when we needed help, Amicone said.
The expansion will allow 30,000 square feet for additional gaming space and 400 new electronic table gaming seats. This will add the hotly-requested video craps and electronic roulette games for local and traveling casino lovers.
The approach [by Casino President Tim Rooney Sr.] is terrific because they listened to what their customers wanted and thats what will keep them coming back, said the President and CEO of the Yonkers Industrial Development Agency, Ellen Lynch.
Casino affiliates are banking on those coming from out of town to watch the horse races will stay in town awhile, inadvertently boosting the local economy.
[Visitors] are not going to just stop heretheyll go to the waterfront and Central Avenue, said State Assemblyman Mike Spano.
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