It looks like more and more of the established folks are coming out to try to join in on bids for the three casino licenses. The folks that run Mohegan Sun have now jumped in to partner up with the developer who has land near the United Nations. They are saying they will offer rewards to people businesses around the neighborhood if they get one of the licenses.
“ Mohegan has long run its Mohegan Momentum Partnership Program in the regions where the company operates. The casino operator’s rewards program allows its patrons to use their rewards points and benefits inside Mohegan properties and nearby businesses.
The goal is to encourage casino players to frequent Mohegan’s resort restaurants, shops, entertainment offerings, and businesses located off the resort grounds.
Mohegan CEO Ray Pineault says the Mohegan Momentum Partnership Program demonstrates the company’s community commitment.
“With various establishments bidding to attain a Gaming Facility license in New York City, it is imperative for New Yorkers to consider factors beyond just local and state tax revenue gain, but also the effort that organizations are willing and able to make to better the surrounding communities and businesses,”Pineault stated.
Pineault revealed that several nearby restaurants have already agreed to sign on as Momentum partners, including Il Monello on E. 49th and Il Tinello on E. 46th. Both are Italian restaurants.”
I wonder if two licenses would be awarded in NYC. You have the Mohegan Sun bid and also the Hard Rock/Citi Field bid which are both Native American groups that already own casinos.