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April 16, 1997 | By Diane Mastrull, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The Casino Reinvestment Development Authority is considering asking gaming regulators to sanction Trump Hotels & Casino Resorts Inc., which could include revoking all three of its state casino licenses, on the grounds that the company's anti-tunnel stance is anti-competitive. The CRDA board headed into executive session to discuss that option in private yesterday before its members voted in public to fund up to $120 million in bonds to help finance the $330 million tunnel and roadway project that Trump Hotels has gone to court to try to stop.
NEWS
August 15, 1997 | By Jacqueline L. Urgo, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
A widow with three sons who worked her way up from an entry-level job to an executive position in an Atlantic City casino was appointed by Gov. Whitman yesterday to the New Jersey Casino Reinvestment Development Authority. Doris McClinton, 49, a resident of the resort's Northeast Inlet section and the Showboat Casino-Hotel's director of employee and community affairs, replaces Nicholas L. Ribis, chief executive officer of Trump Hotels and Casino Resorts Inc., for a two-year term on the board.
NEWS
February 14, 1997 | By Jacqueline L. Urgo, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
There is only an imaginary line separating this gambling resort from neighboring Ventnor, where residents say the influence of casino gaming has drastically changed their town - and not necessarily for the better. So yesterday, some of the people who live east of Little Rock Avenue in Ventnor had a lot to say in two public hearings about the state Casino Reinvestment Development Authority's $5 million "Downbeach District Housing Plan. " The CRDA is proposing to use casino-generated funding to address some of the problems that these residents - as well as people who live in the south Chelsea section of Atlantic City - say occurred after casino gaming was legalized in 1976.
NEWS
May 26, 1997 | By Diane Mastrull, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The jitneys, a dilapidated, hard-driven fleet of 190 midget buses, are as familiar to this gambling resort as the cable car is to San Francisco. They are white. So are most of their owners, who are also the drivers. About 80 percent live out of town. The state wants more racial diversity and Atlantic City residents represented in the jitney drivers' seats. It hopes to accomplish that through a program hatched from a plan that would replace the worn fleet with dazzling new buses of robin's egg blue.
NEWS
July 21, 1998 | By Eric Dyer, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT This article contains information from the Associated Press
A judge yesterday threw out a highly criticized plan by the state to seize elderly widow Vera Coking's home and two nearby small businesses so the land could be used by casino mogul Donald Trump. Superior Court Judge Richard Williams said the attempt by the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority to take the properties for a new parking lot and a public park at Trump Plaza Hotel & Casino was flawed because it did not guarantee that the company would not later use the land simply to expand the business.
BUSINESS
December 2, 1991 | By William H. Sokolic, Special to The Inquirer
When General Electric Co. breaks ground tomorrow for its new aerospace center along Camden's waterfront, it will have Harrah's Casino/Hotel Atlantic City and the Sands Hotel Casino to thank in some small part. The two gaming halls contributed almost $2 million toward the $65 million financial package. The contributions came through the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority, a state agency formed in 1984 to oversee the investment of gambling-generated dollars for development in Atlantic City and other designated urban areas statewide.
NEWS
February 2, 2012
After a decades-long absence, the internationally known diving horse act will return to the Steel Pier this summer as part of an overhaul approved for Atlantic City that received unanimous backing from the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority at its board meeting Wednesday. The Steel Pier renovation is being funded by a loan from the CRDA, and its approval came minutes after the master plan - the guidelines - for the newly created Atlantic City Tourism District was passed, 14-0, by the CRDA board.
NEWS
May 22, 2014 | By Amy S. Rosenberg, Inquirer Staff Writer
It was an Atlantic City plot as familiar as a rerun on Turner Classic Movies: Homeowner vows to save house against the forces of eminent domain, played out in the shadow of a casino. It has been playing for the better part of two decades in this troubled seaside resort, since Vera Coking famously stood up to Donald Trump. But this latest version has impeccable and elegant casting. On Tuesday morning, homeowner and onetime piano prodigy turned piano tuner Charlie Birnbaum, 67, the son of Holocaust survivors, found so many ways to show just how much his three-story brick walkup building at 311 Oriental Ave., on the back side of Revel Casino Resort, means to him. He held a news conference with anti-eminent domain lawyers from the Virginia-based Institute for Justice.
NEWS
August 5, 2010 | By Maya Rao, Inquirer Staff Writer
Projects meant to bolster struggling Newark, New Jersey's largest city, have received millions of dollars from an unlikely source: the casinos 100 miles south. Atlantic City gambling halls in recent years have chipped in $1.5 million to expand housing at Seton Hall Law School, $2.8 million to open a preschool in the North Ward, and $500,000 to add space at a nonprofit environmental and ecological center. How the money got there has its origins in a political deal struck in the 1980s - a deal that Gov. Christie not only wants to undo, but whose unraveling would require the support of Democratic Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver.
NEWS
April 19, 2011 | By Suzette Parmley, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
ATLANTIC CITY - The Casino Reinvestment Development Authority approved boundaries for the new state-run Atlantic City Tourism District Tuesday by a vote of 14-1, with one abstention. The no vote was cast by Atlantic City Mayor Lorenzo T. Langford, a member of the authority board. The tourism district is the centerpiece of Gov. Christopher J. Christie's proposed overhaul of Atlantic City to help boost tourism and gaming at the Shore resort. The Republican governor first announced the overhaul plan July 21, and several pieces of it were approved by the legislature in January.
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NEWS
July 10, 2015 | By Amy S. Rosenberg, Inquirer Staff Writer
There will be poetry at the Farmers Market in Atlantic City after all. After the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority scrapped a proposal to pay poets at the Farmers Market because politicians complained about the spending, area poets offered to read their work free in the financially beleaguered city. Poets can relate. They're usually scrapped for cash, too. Galloway Township poet Joel Ollander and Aubrey Gerhardt, the founder of SJPoets, recruited other poets after the authority (CRDA)
NEWS
December 19, 2014 | By Amy S. Rosenberg, Inquirer Staff Writer
ATLANTIC CITY - Charlie Birnbaum, the piano tuner who is fighting to keep his family home in Atlantic City from being seized by the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority, delivered a petition Wednesday with more than 100,000 signatures to Gov. Christie. In addition, Birnbaum's attorneys are now arguing that Christie's plans for Atlantic City make the CRDA's efforts to seize his home even more questionable than when a Superior Court judge ruled the CRDA was within its rights to seize the house.
NEWS
December 1, 2014 | By Jonathan Lai and Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Staff Writers
As Atlantic City continues to suffer an economic free fall, state officials are contemplating turning to the private sector to jump-start development there. One proposal being reviewed by Gov. Christie and legislative leaders is the creation of a nonprofit development corporation that would help decide what projects to build. That could involve demolishing the shuttered Trump Plaza to create walkable retail and restaurant space and open sight lines, officials said. The nonprofit Atlantic City Development Corp.
NEWS
November 19, 2014 | By Amy S. Rosenberg, Inquirer Staff Writer
ATLANTIC CITY - Superior Court Judge Julio Mendez ruled Monday against Charlie Birnbaum, a piano tuner fighting to keep his family home near the former Revel casino from being seized by the state casino redevelopment authority. In a 27-page opinion issued Monday evening, Mendez said the state's enactment of the Tourism District Act is "the legislative declaration of a legitimate public purpose" that would justify the seizure of property by eminent domain. "The fundamental public purpose contained in this legislation is to promote tourism, to create and protect jobs in Atlantic City, and to assist the ailing gaming industry," Mendez wrote.
BUSINESS
October 26, 2014 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
Lawyers for Atlantic City and the bankrupt Revel Casino Hotel are locked in an intensifying battle over as much as $30 million that Revel owes for property taxes and penalties. Atlantic City wants to sell the right to collect that money by auctioning a tax certificate on Dec. 11, but it can't do that without bankruptcy court permission. The city asked for that permission last month, saying it desperately needs the money to meet its budget. Revel's property-tax levy this year of about $38 million - based on an assessment of $1.15 billion - equals 19 percent of Atlantic City's $200 million in expected tax collections.
NEWS
May 22, 2014 | By Amy S. Rosenberg, Inquirer Staff Writer
It was an Atlantic City plot as familiar as a rerun on Turner Classic Movies: Homeowner vows to save house against the forces of eminent domain, played out in the shadow of a casino. It has been playing for the better part of two decades in this troubled seaside resort, since Vera Coking famously stood up to Donald Trump. But this latest version has impeccable and elegant casting. On Tuesday morning, homeowner and onetime piano prodigy turned piano tuner Charlie Birnbaum, 67, the son of Holocaust survivors, found so many ways to show just how much his three-story brick walkup building at 311 Oriental Ave., on the back side of Revel Casino Resort, means to him. He held a news conference with anti-eminent domain lawyers from the Virginia-based Institute for Justice.
NEWS
November 27, 2013 | By Jacqueline L. Urgo, Inquirer Staff Writer
ATLANTIC CITY - Late-fall afternoon sun streamed through the large windows of the airy space of the new Noyes Arts Garage of Richard Stockton College on Monday and illuminated the details of Ron Ross Cohen's storied pieces brilliantly. "This is an amazing space," Cohen, a sixty-something sculptor and designer who lives in Galloway Township, said as he explained the intricacies of Celestial Quest , a piece made of found objects and leather that tells the story of a lowly fisherman who falls in love with a princess far from his reach.
NEWS
September 6, 2013 | By Suzette Parmley, Inquirer Staff Writer
Call it "a comeback. " That's what the heads of the Atlantic City Alliance, the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority, and Atlantic City's top moneymaking casino hope Miss America's heralded return this week symbolizes. Liza Cartmell, chief executive officer of the nonprofit alliance, projected numbers to the Inquirer Editorial Board on Wednesday. During the next two weeks, she said, the parade and pageant are expected to bring in hundreds of thousands of spectators and fill 5,000 to 6,000 room nights at the resort.
NEWS
August 12, 2013 | By Suzette Parmley and Jacqueline L. Urgo, Inquirer Staff Writers
ATLANTIC CITY - When Miss America returns to the Queen of Resorts next month after nearly eight years in Las Vegas, much is at stake for both. Since 2006, reality TV has put a sting into pageant viewership, while bruising casino competition from surrounding states has sapped this town's main industry and lifeblood. Miss America and Atlantic City - while perfect together - are each fighting for survival and relevancy. Each is trying to make a comeback against the odds and the backdrop of a city that many say has more grit, crime, and dilapidated buildings than when Miss A departed for the glitz of Vegas in January 2006.
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