December 13, 2015 |
New Jersey's top elected Democrat has introduced legislation to expand gambling beyond Atlantic City, with a proposal that could go before voters next year. The proposal, released Friday by Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D., Gloucester), would allow two casinos in separate counties in towns at least 75 miles from Atlantic City, which is still reeling from a wave of casino closures last year. Under Sweeney's proposal, a little less than half of the revenue netted by the state from the new casinos would go toward the "recovery, stabilization or improvement" of Atlantic City, with other revenue going toward programs for seniors, the disabled, and "other such purposes as the Legislature provides by law. " After 15 years, the share of revenue going to Atlantic City would decline.
December 12, 2015 |
At its final meeting of the year, Philadelphia City Council passed a pile of small bills and a few big ones Thursday while bidding farewell to three members and hosting an unexpected visit from Mayor Nutter. Addressing a packed chamber, Nutter listed the major accomplishments of the Council class - such as coming up with $400 million more for city schools, and requiring employers to offer paid sick leave - and thanked members for their service over the last eight years. But those years have also been marked by animosity between the mayor and Council.
November 18, 2015 |
A CITY COUNCIL committee yesterday approved zoning legislation for a $450 million casino and hotel project in South Philadelphia, despite hours of testimony from Philadelphians and out-of-towners who alleged the developer practices racially discriminatory tactics reminiscent of the segregated south. During a five-hour hearing, officials from the Cordish Cos., of Baltimore, said that the charges were "trumped up" and that the company had never lost a discrimination lawsuit in its 105-year history.
November 18, 2015 |
Plans to build a casino in South Philadelphia moved forward Monday at the end of a raucous, six-hour City Council hearing where long-festering allegations that one of the developers has discriminated against black patrons were aired. Councilman William K. Greenlee, chairman of the committee that approved the bills, 8-0, said support for the developer from the city's NAACP and a local organization of black clergy was pivotal to the decision. "There was both concern and a lot of support for this," Greenlee said.
November 17, 2015 |
VEGAS-STYLE fireworks could go off during a City Council committee meeting today when officials from the gaming company seeking to build the city's second casino square off with critics who've accused the developer of discriminating against African-American customers. Among the dozens of people who've signed up to speak against the Cordish Cos. are six former employees and customers who allege to have witnessed or been victims of racial discrimination at the company's Fourth Street Live!
November 15, 2015 |
Councilman Kenyatta Johnson appointed a 16-member Diversity Oversight Board to monitor commitments by the developers of the $450 million Live! Hotel & Casino in South Philadelphia. The committee's mission is make sure the casino developers use businesses owned by minorities and women for a certain percentage of contracts during construction and after the casino opens. A City Council zoning hearing for the site is scheduled for Monday. email@example.com 215-854-4651 @InqBrubaker
November 14, 2015 |
Ahead of what promises to be a contentious City Council zoning hearing Monday, the partnership planning to build the $450 million Live! Hotel & Casino in South Philadelphia said Thursday that it had won the support of the five community groups in neighborhoods surrounding the proposed development. Stadium Casino L.L.C., a partnership between Cordish Cos. of Baltimore and Greenwood Gaming & Entertainment Inc., which owns Bensalem's Parx Casino, said its community-benefits agreement established a charitable fund that will disburse at least $15 million in grants over the next 20 years.
November 13, 2015 |
SAYING THEY DON'T want money or limousine rides to watch a developer's dog-and-pony shows, a coalition of African-American civic and religious leaders yesterday urged City Council not to approve zoning legislation for a South Philadelphia casino and hotel project until it investigates racial discrimination allegations against the project's Baltimore developer. The coalition members also asked Council to schedule a special hearing to address the discrimination claims separate from Monday's Rules Committee hearing during which the zoning legislation will be addressed.
November 12, 2015 |
OPPOSITION is growing against a Baltimore company's participation in building a $400 million casino and hotel in South Philadelphia's stadium district. A coalition of African-American leaders this morning has scheduled a news conference outside City Hall to call for City Council to hold a special hearing to probe allegations that the Cordish Cos. uses discriminatory policies to control the number of blacks that are allowed into the company's venues in Louisville, Ky., and Kansas City, Mo. Coalition members said they are also concerned that minority firms were not included when the state Gaming Control Board awarded the casino license to Cordish and its partner, Greenwood Racing Inc., last November.
November 11, 2015 |
Developer Bart Blatstein will pay an additional $1 million to Stockton University for the former Showboat casino property in Atlantic City, the school announced Monday. Settlement was originally scheduled for Monday. Instead, Stockton announced last week that it had agreed with Blatstein's Tower Investments to a two-month extension. The delay, to Jan. 15, will have tax benefits for Tower, the university said, and Blatstein essentially agreed to pass some of that on to Stockton. Stockton trustees approved an amended sale agreement Monday, under which the Philadelphia-based developer will pay $23 million for the casino and hotel site, up from $22 million.