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City wants cut from slots

May 13, 2004

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The Yonkers City Council has endorsed at state legislative "wish list" that calls for the city to receive a portion of the income from the planned video lottery casino at Yonkers Raceway.

According to the Journal News, the council's message came five days after Yonkers Mayor Phil Amicone, six of seven City Council members and other state and federal elected officials attended a meeting of about 300 homeowners to address concerns about the racetrack casino's impact on traffic, quality of life and the city's financial problems. Track officials have said the project would ultimately bring 7,500 video lottery terminals to the track and that they would expect 29,000 patrons each day.

The city has lent its support to a bill sponsored by Assemblyman Michael Spano, R-Yonkers, that would allocate 11 percent of the video slots revenue to the communities that host them. As currently constituted, about two-thirds of the revenue from the planned casino will go to education via the state Lottery, and the rest will go to racing purses and track administration.
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