NYSBA ANNUAL MEETING
JOINT OPEN MEETING OF THE REAL PROPERTY LAW SECTION
MUNICIPAL LAW SECTION AND THE ENVIRONMENTAL LAW SECTION
Gaming Casinos: Learn from the Past to Prepare for
State Senator John Bonacic, Chair of the New York State Senate Committee on Racing Gaming and Wagering to Lead Panel on Legal Challenges For Real Estate, Environmental and Municipal Law Attorneys in Selecting Sites for Gaming Casinos
Friday, January 30, 2015
2:15 pm – 4:15 pm
Gibson Suite, 2nd floor
New York Hilton Midtown
1335 Avenue of the Americas
(between 53rd and 54th Streets)
Real Property Law Section Chair
David L. Berkey, Esq.
Gallet Dreyer & Berkey LLP
Environmental Law Section Chair
Terresa M. Bakner, Esq.
Whiteman Osterman & Hanna LLP
Municipal Law Section Chair
Mark Davies, Esq.
In 2013, the New York State Legislature, with the approval of the voters, enacted the Upstate New York Gaming Economic Development Act. Pursuant to the Act, the New York State Gaming Commission created a Gaming Facility Location Board to entertain and evaluate proposals from various entities seeking to establish a limited number of full-fledged gaming casinos in upstate New York. Article 2 of the Act, entitled “Facility Determination and Licensing” sets forth the comprehensive procedure that applicants had to follow in seeking to obtain a casino gaming license from the New York State Gaming Commission. This statute, which appears to override local zoning and placed a strong emphasis on compliance with the New York State Environmental Quality Review Act (“SEQRA”) presents challenges and opportunities to real estate, environmental law and municipal law attorneys.
On December 17, 2014, the New York State Gaming Facility Location Board recommended the operators of three sites in the Hudson Valley/Catskill, Capital and Southern Tier/Finger Lakes Districts to be given gaming licenses from the New York State Gaming Commission. The final decision will be made in early 2015 by the Commission itself.
We are most pleased to have as our keynote speaker New York State Senator John Bonacic, Esq., Chairman of the New York State Senate Committee on Racing, Gaming and Wagering. There is no individual in New York State more knowledgeable and more forceful in regard to New York State’s efforts to approve gaming casinos than Senator Bonacic.
After Senator Bonacic’s keynote address, a knowledgeable panel of attorneys will outline the application process and the criteria utilized by the Gaming Facility Location Board in recommending appropriate sites for casino developments. Attorneys who have represented gaming casino applicants will discuss the land use and environmental challenges faced by their clients in navigating the complex site selection process and in fending off local opposition to gaming casinos. Further, a municipal attorney will discuss the “host benefit” packages which were proffered to Towns and Villages by gaming casino applicants.
The three initial sites for gaming casinos recommended by the Gaming Facility Location Board have already engendered either glee or disappointment among the applicants. This program certainly is a “hot topic” which should be of widespread interest to members of the State Bar Association.
- Keynote Speaker John Bonacic, Esq., Chairman of the New York State Senate Committee on Gaming, Racing and Wagering
- Virginia C. Robbins, Bond Schoeneck & King, Syracuse, New York
- Daniel A. Ruzow, Whiteman Osterman Hanna, Albany, New York
- Joel H. Sachs, Keane & Beane, P.C., White Plains, New York.
Please note this is a free program that does not offer CLE credit.
Preregistration is required; contact Amy Jasiewicz at: email@example.com, or (518) 487-5682.