SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. -- Now that New York voters approved a measure that will allow seven Las Vegas-style casinos to be built, area attractions like the Saratoga Casino and Raceway and Saratoga Performing Arts Center are concerned their revenue will take a huge hit.
Las Vegas style casinos, for those who don't know, come complete with splashy hotels, auditoriums, fine dining, bars, and endless gambling. But, many say that could spell the end of smaller attractions like the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, or SPAC, racinos, and nearby hotels and restaurants.
Marcia White, head of SPAC, says she's not for a casino in Saratoga County, but she's not completely against it either.
"Partners that are looking to put a casino into an area will have to have a partnership agreement with an arts and entertainment venue, and the number of seats allowed in a facility is under consideration too. Really, it's about protecting the economic, cultural and social fabric of the community," she said.
The application process, of course, will take months and could be delayed further by lawsuits.
In the meantime, a gaming commission appointed by Governor Cuomo will start reviewing developers' applications, starting after the New Year.