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NY delays casino license decisions until 2025

In a recent development that could see gamblers waiting longer for new gaming venues, the New York State Gaming Commission has proposed a timeline shift that could push the issuance of new casino licenses to the end of 2025. This decision affects about 11 casino companies and real estate developers vying for one of three coveted licenses, extending an already lengthy process.

According to Robert Williams, the Gaming Commission’s executive director, the revised schedule aims to synchronize zoning approvals, Community Advisory Committee (CAC) considerations, and environmental review completions by late summer 2025. This timeline adjustment would allow for a Gaming Facility Location Board decision in late 2025, followed by a commission license consideration before the year’s end. The delay was revealed during a state commission meeting, sparking disappointment among commission members and potential applicants alike.

Commission Chairman Brian O’Dwyer expressed his frustration, emphasizing the importance of accommodating the necessary environmental and land use review processes for all applications. This includes high-profile projects near Coney Island, the Bronx, CitiField, and Hudson Yards. Despite the setback, O’Dwyer highlighted the criticality of ensuring all serious and reasonable applicants have the opportunity to participate, even if it means accepting a longer timeline for the licensing process.