When Gov. Kathy Hochul signed off on the authorization for three downstate New York casino licenses, eyes lit up.
Commercial gaming would make its way to New York City, the center of the entertainment world. And the intention of many was to find a way to set up NY casino gaming near the absolute hub of NYC: Times Square.
But how accepting would Times Square be of a New York casino? While opposition has emerged, one new group has come forward in support: the Coalition for a Better Times Square.
The group — composed of theater workers, musicians, small business owners, hotel operators and construction unions, among others — was created to “revitalize Times Square” and support the licensing of a casino proposal that holds the same goal.