Sands pushes for a casino in New York City (10)

(10th in a series of posts on Wind Creek Bethlehem)

John Marquette is a retired librarian/archivist, author, historian, and a resident of Bethlehem. His current project is focused on the restoration of the interior of the Archibald Johnston Mansion in Housenick Park. 


Did you see this morning’s paper? When Paterson is successful (not if!), this will be the end of the fifty buses a day to our casino, and a huge drop in revenue.

David Klepper, “Sands brings big hitter to lobby for NYC casino.”

Former New York Gov. David Paterson is joining Las Vegas Sands Corp. to lead the casino and resort developer’s push for a casino in New York City. Voters have already authorized up to three casinos for the nation’s largest city, but state law says they can’t be approved until 2023 at the earliest. Paterson, who is joining Sands as a senior vice president, said there’s no reason to wait, and that lawmakers should lift the moratorium next year. Sands just recently sold its Bethlehem casino. “Is it going to happen in 2023 or 2020? Why not start three years earlier?” he said. “This is really a tremendous opportunity to create jobs in New York.”

What plans does Wind Creek/Poarch Band have in place to really revitalize the Steel property before we lose the NY gamers to a brand name they know and love?

If we didn’t like the amount from the sale of the Sands to Wind Creek, we are not going to be happy with having to depend on visitors from the Lehigh Valley and west Jersey.


2 thoughts on “Sands pushes for a casino in New York City (10)

  1. I realize that the casino has brought a lot of economic activity to Bethlehem, but it also causes problems. The biggest (and probably least-visible) problem is that casinos draw their revenue disproportionately from lower-income people. (They do, of course, give a minuscule percentage back to local organizations.)

  2. The *Sands* gave little to the local community. The Wind Creek owners recently paid the funeral costs of about 20 residents of one of their casino cities killed by a tornado. I don’t recall the Adelson family doing anything that magnanimous during their tenure here. We can hope for more from the Poarch Tribe.

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