Sr. Director of Marketing
Finger Lakes Casino & Racetrack
New York Gaming Association
FARMINGTON, N.Y. – Finger Lakes Casino & Racetrack (FLCR) and the New York Gaming Association (NYGA) launched a new statewide television campaign today to remind taxpayers that New York’s racetrack casinos are reliable partners for education as schools open for the new year. FLCR has contributed $413.5 million to education since opening in February 2004, including more than $40.1 million so far in 2012, according to figures released by the New York Division of the Lottery – enough to fund the annual salaries of approximately 576 teachers.
“It is especially gratifying to know that revenues generated here at Finger Lakes directly impact the education of our next generation in New York. To share this information is important so that taxpayers are fully aware of the positive impact of not only Finger Lakes, but of all racetrack casinos in New York,” said Chris Riegle, president and general manager of Finger Lakes Casino & Racetrack. “This public-private partnership with the state is a model for how productive relationships between government and the private sector can exist for the benefit of all.
The new ad campaign will be featured in eight markets, including Rochester, New York City, Albany, and Buffalo, and will run for at least two weeks as students return to schools across New York. The ad can be viewed on NYGA’s website at www.newyorkgaming.org. A transcript of the spot is below:
What do racetrack casinos mean for New York?
Reliable funding for our schools, which means lower property taxes for all of us.
New York’s racetrack casinos pay one of the highest tax rates in the country…contributing billions for New York schools.
Next year alone, they’ll provide $1 billion dollars for our schools – equaling the salaries of nearly 13,000 teachers.
A reliable partner for education…just as our kids head back to school.
New York’s racetrack casinos. The best choice for New York’s schools.
Combined, the nine racetrack casinos that make up the New York Gaming Association have contributed $3.4 billion to education since 2004 – including more than $550 million so far in 2012.
“The New York Gaming Association is a reliable partner for New York’s education system and we are incredibly proud of our record of successfully providing for the state’s school children,” James Featherstonhaugh, President of the New York Gaming Association said. “Our racetrack casinos have been part of the communities they serve for generations, providing not only entertainment, but positively contributing to communities by helping to control property taxes and funding education. We are committed to helping New Yorkers, and the proof is in our record of success.”
Last month, NYGA announced that its members, which operate at an average tax rate of 68 percent, contributed nearly double the amount of revenue to New York than the Las Vegas Strip and Atlantic City casinos generated for their home states combined in the first six months of 2012, despite having full-fledged casinos.
More information on FLCR is available at www.fingerlakescasino.com. Full reports of all racetrack site financial contributions to New York State are available at nylottery.ny.gov.
About Finger Lakes Casino & Racetrack: In operation since 1962, the facility added gaming to its offering in 2004 with a $10.5 million expansion. Over 2 million visitors annually now enjoy nearly 1,200 slot machines, the newly expanded 448-seat Vineyard Buffet restaurant, a sports bar and grill, as well as live and simulcast thoroughbred racing. Casino doors open at 8am and racing doors open at 11:30am daily. For more information, visit www.fingerlakescasino.com.
About New York Gaming Association: The New York Gaming Association (NYGA) is comprised of the nine racetrack casinos located at harness and thoroughbred racing venues throughout the state. NYGA members include Resorts World Casino New York at Aqueduct Racetrack, Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway, Saratoga Casino & Raceway, Finger Lakes Casino & Racetrack, Empire Resorts/Monticello Casino & Raceway, Hamburg Casino at Buffalo Raceway, Tioga Downs Casino, Vernon Downs Casino & Hotel and Batavia Downs Casino. For more information, visit www.newyorkgaming.org