Empire City Casino Celebrates 10 YearsCounty Executive Robert P. Astorino congratulates Empire City Casino on nearly a decade of success.

In praising Empire City Casino and its owners, the Rooney family, on its 10th anniversary in Westchester, the County Executive noted that the vibrant entertainment destination and venue has not only been a boon to the regional economy -- generating hundreds of millions in spending and creating over 1,350 local jobs -- but it has contributed $2.71 billion for New York schools, which makes up 40 percent of all education revenues from New York’s video lottery terminals.


“The Empire City Casino has been a great Westchester partner,” Astorino said. “Since opening in 2006, it has shown itself to be a significant job-creator, a major source of funding for schools, and an exciting regional entertainment and dining venue.”

Empire City has generated more funding for New York schools in a single year than the state of Nevada collects in taxes from all of its casinos combined. Last year it donated more than $1 million to educational groups, the arts, human services, and medical research.

Empire City’s casino floor is larger than most found in Las Vegas or Atlantic City, and it features cutting edge technology and the newest slot machines and electronic table games. There are plenty of dining options, nightly live entertainment and special events such as Comedy Night and Latin Night. And harness racing at historic Yonkers Raceway is always a draw.

Three years ago, Empire City underwent a $50 million expansion that included two new restaurants, along with a craft cocktail lounge featuring retro bowling lanes, 30,000 square feet of new gaming space and a modern and expansive new casino entrance.

“We continue to increase awareness about our exciting gaming, entertainment and dining offerings,” said Tim Rooney, president and chief executive officer of Empire City Casino. “Residents from New York and across the tri-state area are enjoying gaming entertainment closer to home and that directly benefits our teachers, students and residents.”