NYS Launches Review of Downstate Casino License Bids
The roster of bidders seeking to secure one of the three downstate casino licenses continues to grow. Among the eight reported submissions, five are proposed for Manhattan — Hudson Yards, Times Square, Plaza District, Penn Plaza, and the East Side, and the remaining three spread across Willets Point, Queens, Coney Island, Brooklyn, and Nassau County, Long Island. New York State began reviewing each of the submitted bids in January. Crain’s New York Business recently released a snapshot of what they consider the pros and cons of each proposed site, noting that the “successful racinos at Aqueduct and Yonkers are thought to have the inside tracks” for two of the casino licenses.