Monticello Raceway To Stay Put?

Published: March 12, 2014 12:12 pm EDT

It has been reported that officials with Empire Resorts are currently unsure as to whether they will relocate Monticello Raceway or not.

According to an article by the Times Herald-Record, officials with Empire, which operates Monticello Raceway, have said they are waiting for clarification from the state regarding requirements for casino expansion at the site of the proposed $600 million resort.

The report by the Times Herald-Record has quoted Charlie Degliomini, executive vice president for Empire Resorts/Monticello Casino & Raceway, as saying, "While the (state law allowing casinos) does not require us to build a new track, we are awaiting clarification pursuant to the New York State Gaming Commission Request for Application process to better understand if a new harness track may be required."

Degliomini was also quoted as saying, "We have been operating harness racing since 1958, and in any scenario remain committed to improving, supporting and operating harness racing, either at our new location if we are a successful bidder, or at the current Monticello Raceway."

(With files from the Times Herald-Record)