Lobbyists are cashing in on New York City-area casino license competition

Lobbyists are cashing in on New York City-area casino license competition

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  • Janaki Chadha and Sally Goldenberg, Politico
March 18, 2023 5:27 PM
  • Janaki Chadha and Sally Goldenberg, Politico

A seemingly endless line of lobbyists have approached state Sen. Liz Krueger over the last several months, pushing slick PowerPoint presentations and sparkly new plans on behalf of clients hoping to build the world’s next great casino in the middle of Manhattan.

One lobbyist said his client wants to turn part of a Saks Fifth Avenue flagship store into “‘a James Bond-type of Casino Royale,’” Krueger recalled. Another showed her a rendering of a proposed Caesars casino in Times Square with “these ridiculous giant sculptures of Caesar” — and urged the Democratic senator to endorse the proposal in her district.

Krueger took the meetings and listened, but struggled to understand why anyone was pitching her in the first place — she doesn’t like casinos.