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06.20.2017 - Comedienne Tammy Pescatelli Headlines Empire City Casino Comedy Night on June 28
Yonkers, NY— Empire City Casino’s Comedy Night returns on Wednesday, June 28th with Tammy Pescatelli, one of the sharpest women in today’s comedy world, taking the stage in the iconic Good Time Room at Empire City Casino. She is joined by rocker-turned comic, Dean Delray; the night is hosted by New York’s very own Tim Dillon.
06.19.2017 - 3rd Six-Figure Jackpot Hit in Less Than a Month at Empire City Casino is Won by Local Yonkers Woman; Record Jackpot Swells to $1.8 Million Still Waiting to be Hit
Yonkers, NY—While the record-breaking jackpot still up for grabs escalated passed the $1.8 million mark at Empire City Casino on Sunday (June 18), a Yonkers woman brought home the third six-figure jackpot in less than a month at the Yonkers-based casino.
The lucky local lady, identified as “Lynneth,” scored for $104,398 at 3:00 pm on Sunday when a $5.00 wager on the $1 denomination Black Gone Wild slot-machine paid the major dividends.
05.31.2017 - Birthday Celebration Turns into Jubilation at Empire City Casino; James E. Dobson Hits $143,723 Jackpot on Trip from Maryland Celebrating Aunt Thelma’s Birthday
James E. Dobson and his good friend Donzella Parker Bert made a four-hour bus trip from Stevensville, Maryland, to New York to visit Aunt Thelma Sligh, to celebrate her 89th birthday over Memorial Day weekend. There was even greater merriment than anticipated when Mr. Dobson hit a $143,723 jackpot at Empire City Casino in Yonkers on Saturday (May 27).
05.22.2017 - James from The Bronx Hits $149,931 Jackpot on Wheel of Fortune at Empire City Casino Sunday; $1.6 Million Record-Breaker Still up for Grabs
Bring it home, James! A lucky man made the short trip from The Bronx to Yonkers a winning journey on Sunday afternoon (May 21) when James M. hit a $149,931 jackpot at Empire City Casino. The six-figure score was made in the Gotham Palace section of the casino on the Wheel of Fortune slot, just yards away from the slot machine where a New York State racetrack casino record $1,680,471 jackpot is still waiting to be hit.
05.19.2017 - Empire Terrace Open For “Classic Raceway Dining” at Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway
The Yonkers Raceway summer stakes schedule is full speed ahead starting with the elimination for the Art Rooney Pace this Saturday night, May 20th, and the perfect place for a bird’s
eye view is the Empire Terrace, offering “Classic Raceway Dining” trackside on Saturday nights.
03.30.2017 - Real Winners, Real Money, Real Deal: Empire City Casino’s New Ad Campaign Features It’s Biggest Jackpot Winner, but Will He Soon Lose His Spot at the Top?
Empire City Casino, one of New York’s most successful casinos has launched a new ad campaign entitled “Real Winners, Real Money, Real Deal”. Who better to enlist as advertising pitch-man for Empire City Casino than its biggest jackpot winner? Howard Gershowitz of Suffolk County, Long Island is back in the “slot-”light in the Yonkers casino’s new ad campaign after scoring Empire City’s record-breaking jackpot worth $1,473,503 on October 25, 2015.
03.12.2017 - NY Rangers Legendary Goalie Mike Richter To Host Final Rangers Viewing Party At Empire City Casino Sunday, March 12
Empire City Casino, in partnership with the New York Rangers, announced today that NY Rangers legend and fan favorite Mike Richter will make his first visit to Empire City Casino to host the final Rangers Viewing Party of the season this Sunday night, March 12th at 7:00PM. NY Ranger fans can join Richter for the free Viewing Party to cheer the team on as they take on the Detroit Red Wings, and enjoy Rangers Intermission Trivia, prize giveaways, along with specially priced wings and beer. Fans can arrive to the casino in-style with free round-trip transportation from Madison Square Garden on the Rangers Bandwagon.
03.08.2017 - Empire City Casino Launches Late-night Woodlawn Shuttle Service For Players And Employees
Empire City Casino has launched its “Late Night Woodlawn 4 Train Shuttle Service” to serve players and employees who require public transportation during the off-peak hours of 1:00am and 6:30am.
The $1 per-ride shuttle will pick-up and drop-off at the intersection of Jerome & Bainbridge Avenues at 3700 Jerome Avenue, just steps from the train station in front of the 24-hour Gary & Gino’s Pizzeria. The convenient location offers round-the-clock food and drink for hungry travelers.
02.22.2017 - Empire City Casino Celebrates St. Patrick’s Day
The green is on full display at Empire City Casino in March to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day highlighted by a chance to win a trip to Ireland, cash winners, giveaways, and a prelude concert with Irish rockers Shilelagh Law and Celtic Cross.
02.21.2017 - March Roars In With Laughter At Empire City Casino On Wednesday Comedy Nights
An Italian oil painter and Opera singer turned comic, and a funnyman who has appeared on National television with Jimmy Fallon, Conan O’Brien and Amy Schumer will have the Good Time Room roaring with laughs when Matteo Lane (March 15) and Sean Patton (March 29) headline the March Wednesday Comedy Nights at Empire City Casino.
02.09.2017 - Ny Rangers Legend Steve Vickers To Host Rangers Viewing Party At Empire City Casino Sat, Feb 25th At 5 PM
Empire City Casino, in partnership with the New York Rangers, announced today that New York Rangers legend Steve Vickers will make his second visit to Empire City Casino to host the next Rangers Viewing Party this Saturday night, February 25th, where fans can join Steve to cheer the Rangers on as they travel across the Hudson to take on their rivals, the New Jersey Devils.
02.06.2017 - Back By Popular Demand: Legendary Irish Band ‘Shilelagh Law’ and the Rousing ‘Celtic Cross’ Return to Empire City Casino for 4th Annual Irish Concert
The “Luck of the Irish” will be musically profound at Empire City Casino with the announcement that Shilelagh Law and Celtic Cross – the exceedingly popular New York City-based Irish-American bands – will perform on Sunday, March 5, from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm in a prelude to St. Patrick’s Day. The Pipes and Drums of the Police Emerald Society of Westchester, comprised of police officers from a majority of the 39 Police Departments within the County of Westchester, will also perform.
02.03.2017 - Calling an Audible- Former New York Giants Heroes Justin Tuck and Stephen Baker to Host Big Game Viewing Party at Empire City Casino Sunday, February 5, 5:30 PM
The biggest stage to watch the biggest game of the year is Empire City Casino with New York Giants Legends Justin Tuck and Stephen Baker. Both will be stopping by the premier entertainment destination in the Northeast to host a viewing party on Sunday when the Atlanta Falcons take on the New England Patriots for all the marbles. Tuck and Baker are filling in for David Tyree who had a last-minute conflict.
01.31.2017 - FORMER NY RANGERS ENFORCER AND FAN FAVORITE NICK FOTIU HOSTS THIRD OF FIVE UPCOMING RANGERS VIEWING PARTIES
Empire City Casino, in partnership with the New York Rangers, announced today that New York Rangers legend and Staten Island native Nick Fotiu will make his first visit to Empire City Casino to host the next Rangers Viewing Party this Thursday night, February 2nd, where fans can join Nick to cheer the Rangers on as they hit the road to take on the Buffalo Sabres.
01.30.2017 - Empire City Casino Celebrates “Year of the Rooster” on Sunday, February 12
It’s the “Year of the Rooster,” and Empire City Casino will put forth a traditional Chinese New Year Festival on Sunday, February 12 with a lion dance parade and live musical entertainment. Admission is free.
The Lunar New Year celebration will be complete with Chinese dancers and musicians in colorful costumes. First, the “Fortune God” will lead two lion dancers throughout the casino’s first and second floors, starting at the Valet Entrance, from 2:00 to 3:00 pm. The Fortune God, signifying wealth and prosperity, and the lion dance are important pieces of the fabric of Chinese tradition and culture, particularly during the celebration of the New Year.
01.30.2017 - Pete Lee and Vladimir Caamano to Headline Wednesday Comedy Nights at Empire City Casino
A network television comedy star originally from Wisconsin (who’s now a true-blue New Yorker), and a funnyman of Dominican heritage from the Bronx named Vladimir (that’s right!) will headline the two Wednesday Comedy Nights in February at Empire City Casino.
The eclectic and diverse mix of laughs will be provided by Pete Lee on Wednesday, February 8, and Vladimir Caamano on Wednesday, February 22. The comedians will be front and center in the casino’s Good Time Room.
01.25.2017 - Need Lady Luck? Professional Matchmaker, Siggy Flicker and Star of Bravo’s The Real Housewives of New Jersey, Can Help When She Appears at Empire City Casino Just in Time for Valentine’s Day
Love and luck are in the air this Valentine’s Day! Whether you’re single, looking for love, or trying to rekindle a flame, relationship expert Siggy Flicker wants to help. Flicker, professional matchmaker, Star of Bravo’s The Real Housewives of New Jersey (RHONJ) and best-selling author, will be appearing at Empire City Casino on Monday, February 13th to meet and greet fans, share relationship advice, and sign copies of her book: Write Your Own Fairy Tale: The New Rules for Dating, Relationships, and Finding Love On Your Terms.
The event is FREE, open to the public and will take place in the casino’s Entertainment Lounge from 8pm to 9pm. One hundred Empire Club Members will receive advance invites to a private Q&A with Siggy at 7pm where they will receive a free copy her book.
01.24.2017 - Former New York Giants Hero David Tyree to Host Big Game Viewing Party at Empire City Casino
The biggest stage to watch the biggest game of the year is Empire City Casino with New York Giants Legend David Tyree, courtesy of JAG Sports Marketing. Tyree will be stopping by the premier entertainment destination in the Northeast to host a viewing party on Sunday when the Atlanta Falcons take on the New England Patriots for all the marbles.
The free festivities begin in the casino’s Entertainment Lounge at 5:30 PM on game day, where Tyree will mingle with fans, sign mini footballs which will be offered to the first 100 guests, and watch the game with fans until 6:30 PM. Empire City Casino is bringing in a 10 foot by 15 foot jumbo screen to bring football fans as close to the action as possible with seating on a first-come, first-serve basis along with $5 beers and hot dogs.
01.23.2017 - Yonkers Woman Hits First Six-Figure Jackpot of 2017 at Empire City Casino
A Yonkers woman turned a short trip to nearby Empire City Casino into a bonanza when “Nancy G.” hit a jackpot worth $190,860.89 on Saturday night (January 21).
A $4 wager on the penny-denomination Wheel of Fortune slot machine in the Gotham Palace at 8:57 PM pulled down the first six-figure jackpot of the year at the Yonkers casino. Last year, a dozen six-figure jackpots were hit at Empire City, including a near $1 million score by Linda H. of Thornwood who hit for $961,411 on the Wheel of Fortune on November 13, 2016.
01.11.2017 - NY RANGERS LEGEND ADAM GRAVES HOSTS SECOND OF FIVE UPCOMING RANGERS VIEWING PARTIES
Empire City Casino, in partnership with the New York Rangers, announced today that New York Rangers Legend Adam Graves will make his first visit to Empire City Casino to host the next Rangers Viewing Party this Saturday night, January 14, where fans can join Adam to cheer the Rangers on as they hit the road to take on the Montreal Canadians.
Graves, whose No. 9 Jersey was retired in 2009, played a pivotal role in bringing home the Rangers’ first Stanley Cup in over 54 years in 1994. Rangers Legend Stéphane Matteau hosted the first viewing party back on Saturday, December 17.
01.10.2017 - THEY MAY GAMBLE…BUT NOT WITH THE ENVIRONMENT
It’s all thumbs this week at Empire City Casino – and they’re green. Hundreds of landscape architects, designers, horticulturists, and arborists will descend on Empire City Casino in Yonkers on Wednesday, January 11, a place where green is usually presented in the form of jackpots.
The regional casino is fast becoming a favorite venue for expos, trade shows, and corporate events. This will be the fifth year the New York State Turf & Landscape Association (NYSTLA) will hold its Professional Turf & Landscape Conference & Trade Show at Empire City, having formerly hosted the event at Westchester County Center for many of the past 49th years the conference has been in existence.
12.15.2016 - NEW YORK RANGERS LEGEND STÉPHANE MATTEAU SKATES OVER TO EMPIRE CITY CASINO
Empire City Casino, in partnership with the New York Rangers, announced today its schedule of viewing parties for several upcoming New York Rangers games hosted by former New York Rangers legends. The fun begins with Stanley Cup Champion Stéphane Matteau, who will mingle with fans, sign autographs, and cheer on the Rangers as they take on the Nashville Predators this Saturday night, December 17th.
Matteau, who is no stranger to Empire City Casino having hosted a viewing party earlier this year, scored the game winning goal in double overtime of Game 7 of the 1994 Eastern Conference Finals that helped pave the way for the Rangers first Stanley Cup in over 54 years.
12.15.2016 - Nearly 1,000 Toys & Coats Presented to Catholic Charities at 10th Annual Toy & Coat Drive
Christmas came early at Empire City Casino with the presentation to Catholic Charities of nearly one thousand toys and coats collected during the casino’s Tenth Annual “Christmas Spirit” Toy and Coat Drive. The donations will ensure that New Yorkers in need have a warm coat this winter and a toy or two to put under the Christmas tree for their children.
Timothy J. Rooney, president and CEO of Empire City Casino, presented the annual donation to Monsignor Kevin Sullivan, executive director of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York and Órla Kelleher, executive director of Aisling Irish Community Center of Yonkers. The presentation took place inside the casino atrium with the donated toys and coats on full display.
11.22.2016 - Westchester Resident Wins $961,000 on Wheel of Fortune Slots at Empire City Casino
Linda H. had nearly a million reasons for which to be thankful just days before Thanksgiving. The resident of Thornwood, New York, was at Empire City Casino today (Tuesday, November 22) for the $961,411.81 check presentation, collecting on the second biggest jackpot in the 10-year history of the casino. Linda turned a $10 wager into nearly a million dollars on her favorite Wheel of Fortune slot machine in the casino’s Gotham Palace on November 13.
11.17.2016 - Get Basted this Thanksgiving Eve – Empire City Casino has Thanksgiving Dinner Covered
We all know Thanksgiving Eve is one of the biggest party nights of the year, and Empire City Casino is going the extra mile for customers this Thanksgiving. Affectionately referred to as “Drinksgiving”, the Thanksgiving fun the night before is often responsible for a many Thanksgiving meals gone wrong. Since Empire City Casino is typically hosting revelers until the wee hours of the morning (it officially closes its doors at 6am), its culinary team is helping to alleviate the post-party pressure by preparing Thanksgiving Dinners-To-Go.
11.15.2016 - Thornwood Woman Hits $961,411 Jackpot at Empire City Casino
A slot-player from Thornwood, New York, hit a jackpot worth nearly $1 million at Empire City Casino on Sunday (November 13), the second largest in the 10-year history of the Yonkers casino.
An impromptu, afternoon visit to Empire City turned into $961,411.81 for Linda H. when the casino regular player made a $10 wager on the $5 denomination Wheel of Fortune slot-machine in the Gotham Palace.
11.09.2016 - Hire a Hero Initiative – Empire City Casino & Yonkers Department of Veterans Services to Host Veterans Job Fair
Empire City Casino is teaming up with the City of Yonkers Department of Veterans Services to host a “Hire a Hero” job fair for area employers and service men and women returning from overseas looking to re-enter the workforce. The veterans-only job fair will take place in the third floor Good Time Room at Empire City Casino on Thursday, November 17th from 1pm-6pm.
A diverse range of over 60 tri-state area employers, including the recent additions of Con Edison and Konica Minolta, will be on hand to find new talent among the hundreds of veterans slated to attend.
11.08.2016 - Tenth Annual Campaign to Assist Families in Need During Holiday Season
Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway and its President and CEO Timothy J. Rooney will celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the “Christmas Spirit Toy and Coat Drive” to assist families in need during the holiday season, beginning today, Tuesday, November 8, through Thursday, December 15. Donations will be accepted every day throughout the period at the promotions booth.
10.17.2016 - EMPIRE CITY CASINO AT YONKERS RACEWAY TO HOST JDRF ONE WALK
Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway announced today that for the fifth year, JDRF’s One Walk will be held on the track. On Sunday, October 23, thousands will come out and walk and raise funds that will help JDRF find a cure. Registration opens at 9 AM and the walk begins at 10 AM.
Empire City Casino has hosted the annual charity event the last five years to raise awareness for a cause that hits close to home. Empire City Casino VP and COO Bob Galterio’s daughter Cara has been a type one diabetic since she was nine-years-old. Motivated to help the millions of families impacted by diabetes each year, Bob Galterio swooped into action to host the annual event, which is one of more than 200 JDRF walks taking place around the world. Type one diabetes is an autoimmune disease in which a person’s pancreas stops producing insulin, a hormone that enables individuals to gather energy from food.
10.13.2016 - Empire City Casino Celebrates Ten Years of Entertainment, Economic Development and Education
Throughout October, Empire City Casino is celebrating its tenth anniversary as a vibrant entertainment destination, an economic engine for the city of Yonkers and county of Westchester and a major source of education funding for New York State.
Since opening as a casino in 2006 and undergoing a $50 million expansion in 2013, Empire City Casino has created over 1,350 quality local jobs, generated hundreds of millions of dollars in direct and indirect spending and employed the use of local and state vendors to keep New York dollars in New York. Last year in Westchester alone, Empire City Casino invested over $10 million with local contractors and suppliers the casino uses in delivering a top tier experience. Statewide in 2015, Empire City Casino generated more than $825 million in economic output.
10.03.2016 - $1 Million Yonkers International Trot on Saturday afternoon, October 15, at Yonkers Raceway is 38th Edition
The 10 premier trotters in the world take center stage in the 38th edition of the Yonkers International Trot on Saturday afternoon, October 15, at America’s most historic harness racing venue, Yonkers Raceway. The $1 million purse, as it was last year, is the richest trotting race in both New York State and Yonkers Raceway history.
10.05.2016 - Six World-Class Trotters from Europe Land at JFK Today for $1 Million Yonkers International Trot on October 15 at Yonkers Raceway
Six world-class trotters from Europe touched down this morning (October 5) at John F. Kennedy Airport in New York to compete in the 38th edition of the $1 million Yonkers International Trot, set for Saturday afternoon, October 15, at Yonkers Raceway.
The arriving-group represents five of the seven countries that will vie for the purse equaling last year’s New York State and raceway record. Elite trotters from Denmark, Finland, Italy, Norway, and Sweden (2) were on board, and will be joined by the United States (2) and Canada in the global trotting classic which was revived last year after a 20-year hiatus by raceway and Empire City Casino president and CEO Timothy J. Rooney.
09.22.2016 - Linda Toscano, Scott Zeron, Chris Wittstruck, Andrew Harris, Richard Munk to Host the “ABC’s of Owning a Harness Racehorse” Saturday, September 24, at Yonkers Raceway
Yonkers Raceway and the Standardbred Owners Association of New York will present a seminar on owning a harness racehorse featuring driver Scott Zeron, trainers Linda Toscano and Andrew Harris, SOA director Chris Wittstruck, and Funky Munky Stable managing partner Richard Munk at 4:30 PM on Saturday, September 24.
The one-hour event will be held prior to the $1.8 million Night of New York Champions in the “Red Room” on the second floor of Empire City Casino, and will feature a discussion on the rewards and risks of owning a Standardbred racehorse.
Admission is free.
09.22.2016 - Hire a Hero Initiative – Empire City Casino & Yonkers Department of Veterans Services to Host Veterans Job Fair
Empire City Casino is teaming up with the City of Yonkers Department of Veterans Services to host a “Hire a Hero” job fair for area employers and service men and women returning from overseas looking to re-enter the workforce.
The veterans-only job fair will take place in the third floor Good Time Room at Empire City Casino on Thursday, November 17th from 1pm-6pm.
Empire City will underwrite the cost of the job fair for hiring employers to encourage businesses of all sizes to participate. The men and women who have bravely served in our armed forces will have the opportunity to network, interview and engage with employers from all sectors of industry. Among the employers already signed up include Home Depot, ShopRite Supermarket, Con Ed, Merrill Lunch, Liberty Lines, Sears, Metro North, the Yonkers Fire Department and the Yonkers Police Department.
Employers who have current open positions with immediate availability can participate in the job fair by submitting an application at EmpireCityCasino.com/Veterans.
09.20.2016 - Spring Valley, NY, Resident Hits $119,481 Jackpot at Empire City Casino Antoinette Marcelin’s Score is 2nd Six-Figure Jackpot in Less than a Week
It was Antoinette Marcelin‘s lucky spin on Saturday, September 17th that scored the Spring Valley, NY, resident a $119,481 jackpot at Empire City Casino, the second six-figure jackpot hit at the Yonkers casino in less than a week. Antoinette’s score was the 10th six-figure jackpot of 2016 with more than three months remaining on the calendar. She made a $5 wager on the $1 denomination Bally’s Quick Hit Black and White Jackpot machine in the Gotham Palace at 5:49 pm.
On the previous Sunday, September 11th, a Union, New Jersey resident hit the second biggest jackpot of the year at Empire City when “Santa” brought home $332,654 in the early morning hours. At 4:18 am, the lucky player made a $6 wager on the $1-denomination Wheel of Fortune slot machine to hit the third jackpot upwards of $300,000 of the year.
09.12.2016 - New Jersey Slot Player Hits $332,654 Jackpot at Empire City Casino
A resident of Union, New Jersey, hit the second biggest jackpot of the year at Empire City Casino when “Santa” scored for $332,654 in the early morning hours on Sunday (September 11th).
At 4:18 am, the player made a $6 wager on the $1-denomination Wheel of Fortune slot machine located in the Victorian Room to hit the ninth six-figure jackpot of the year, and the third for upwards of $300,000.
09.08.2016 - Merril Hoge, ESPN Analyst & Former Pittsburgh Steelers Running Back, To Host Monday Night Football Viewing Party at Empire City Casino’s Dan Rooney’s Sports Bar
Dan Rooney’s Sports Bar at Empire City Casino is an “Official Pittsburgh Steelers Bar.” So, who better to kick off the opening Monday night game of the NFL season featuring the Steelers vs. Washington Red Skins on September 12 than ESPN football analyst and former Pittsburgh running back Merril Hoge.
A veteran of eight seasons in the NFL and longtime football commentator, Hoge will meet and greet fans at the popular sports bar. Hoge will pose for photographs with fans and sign autographs outside Dan Rooney’s from 6:15 to 7:00 pm prior to the game, and be on hand to watch the action until 8:45 pm.
09.08.2016 - THE CAMERAS ARE ROLLING AT EMPIRE CITY CASINO TO CELEBRATE UPCOMING 4TH ANNUAL YONKERS FILM FESTIVAL
The lights and cameras may not start rolling on the Yonkers Film Festival (YoFiFest) until October, but the action begins at Empire City Casino this Friday night at 7 p.m. with a special kick-off party to announce the 100+ films selected for this year’s festival among thousands of submissions, including from local filmmakers.
In addition, Empire City Casino is also concurrently hosting a private film and television industry event with a “director’s cut” private tour of its facility to encourage and promote filming at its facility and to support the significant increase in filming in New York State as a result of the continually increasing film tax credits being offered. Industry insiders and aspiring filmmakers will also be able to enjoy a night out at the casino with complementary food and drinks, endless entertainment and the ability to scout the property out for themselves.
08.26.2016 - A Hot Shot at Empire City Casino: “Maluisa” Hits $119,916 Jackpot
The Hot Shots Progressive slot machine was the hot spot at Empire City Casino on Wednesday (August 24) when a woman identified as “Maluisa” hit a jackpot worth $119,916 at 6:31 pm.
The player made a $3 wager on the penny-denomination slot machine located in the Victorian Room to hit the eighth six-figure jackpot of the year.
The month of August has been a great one for Empire City players. “Tommy” from Yorktown Heights hit a $320,000 jackpot on the afternoon of August 11, the second biggest jackpot of the year made a $200 wager on the $100 denomination 3x4x5 Double Diamond slot machine at 12:45 pm.
08.11.2016 - As Temperature Rises , Yorktown Resident Wins Over a Cool Quarter Mill
As the mercury continues to rise and the ‘feels like’ temperature reaches 101 degrees, tri-state area residents are seeking refuge at Empire City Casino where the climate is kept at a cool 70 degrees and the only thing giving off some heat are the jackpots.
“Tommy” from Yorktown Heights hit a $320,000 jackpot on the afternoon of Thursday, August 11. It was the second biggest jackpot of the year, and seventh six-figure score in 2016. Clearly feeling lucky, the player made a $200 wager on the $100 denomination 3x4x5 Double Diamond slot machine at 12:45 pm.
08.01.2016 - Empire City Casino & Yonkers PD Team Up for 9th Annual National Night Out
On Tuesday, August 2nd, the Yonkers 2nd Precinct Police Department will take a little time away from fighting crime to get to know their neighbors and celebrate “National Night Out – America’s Night Out Against Crime.” Sponsored by Empire City Casino, National Night Out will take place at Coyne Park (777 McLean Ave.) from 6 pm – 9 pm.
National Night Out is an annual event designed to strengthen the community by encouraging neighborhoods to engage stronger relationships with each other and with local law enforcement partners. This free event will include a summer concert provided by Empire City Casino as well as food, games, prizes, and family fun activities.
07.26.2016 - CITY OF YONKERS JOINS ICE BUCKET CO-FOUNDER & YONKERS NATIVE PAT QUINN TO HOST SECOND ANNUAL ALS ICE BUCKET CHALLENGE AT EMPIRE CITY CASINO
Mayor Mike Spano and City Council President Liam McLaughlin today announced the City of Yonkers, along with Yonkers native Pat Quinn, will host the Second Annual ALS Ice Bucket Challenge on Sunday, August 7 at 1pm trackside at Empire City Casino. The free festivities will run from 11:00AM to 2:00PM and will include music and family-friendly entertainment; highlighted by the ice bucket challenge at 1:00 pm.
Quinn, diagnosed with ALS and one of the co-founders of the global phenomena Ice Bucket Challenge, will lead hundreds of participants in a simultaneous ice bucket challenge to reignite the viral social media movement throughout the month of August to benefit ALS research.
07.15.2016 - Bronx Player “Thomas” Hits $100,000 Jackpot At Empire City Casino On July 14
It was a sweltering 92 degrees outside, but even hotter inside Empire City Casino when a slot-player identified as “Thomas” from The Bronx hit for a cool $100,000 jackpot on Thursday.
The second six-figure score of the month was registered at 4:30 pm on the Bally Double Jackpot Wild, a wildly popular slot-machine in the Gotham Palace. He made a $5 wager on the $1 denomination machine. It was a short drive for a long payoff for Thomas.
The six-figure jackpot was the seventh in 2016 at Empire City, one of the largest entertainment destinations in the northeast located less than two miles north of New York City.
The month started off with a bang at Empire City when a slot-player from Mamaroneck hit a $139,808 jackpot on July 1.
07.05.2016 - Mamaroneck Woman Starts July Fireworks Early at Empire City Casino with $139,808 Jackpot
July started off with a bang at Empire City Casino when a slot-player from Mamaroneck hit a $139,808 jackpot on Friday (July 1).
The woman identified as “Nancy” made the six-figure score at 4:31 pm in the afternoon on the Bally Fireball slot in Empire City’s Victorian Room. She made a $2 wager on the penny-denomination machine.
It was the second six-figure jackpot in three days at Empire City, and the sixth in 2016.
06.29.2016 - Connecticut Resident Hits $100,020 Jackpot at Empire City Casino
June jackpots have kicked off summer at Empire City Casino. A Connecticut player identified as “Vincent” hit a jackpot worth $100,020 on June 28 at 5:05 pm, the second six-figure jackpot of the month, and fifth in 2016.
Like the earlier June score, the hit was made in the Gotham Palace, this one on the Bally/Double Jackpot Wild slot. Vincent made a $5 wager on the $1 denomination machine. “Lucy” from the Bronx hit the jackpot for $129,107 on June 8 on the Bally/Hot Shot Progressive machine.
06.17.2016 - INAUGURAL YONKERS VS. FRANCE DRIVERS’ CUP WRAPS UP
Yonkers Raceway’s team of five premier drivers, led by points-leader Jordan Stratton, try to say “au revoir” to their French counterparts when the group travels across the Atlantic to Hippodrome de Vincennes in Paris for the second leg of the inaugural Yonkers vs. France Drivers’ Cup Challenge. There’s one race each next Friday, June 24, and Sunday, June 26.
The first leg saw Stratton win both Yonkers’ races on March 20, one in a dead-heat with Yonkers captain Jason Bartlett. The locals won the opening round, 85 points to 47 (points awarded as 17/12/9/7/6/5/4/3/2/1, with five given in the event of a scratch).
In addition to Bartlett and Stratton, Tyler Buter, Dan Dube and Pat Lachance are representing Westchester against a potent French quintet of Pierre Vercruysse (captain), Matthieu Abrivard, Nicolas Ensch, Pierre Levesque and Franck Ouvrie.
06.16.2016 - Father’s Day at Empire City Casino On Sunday, June 19: Dad’s A Winner
Dad can be a winner on Father’s Day (Sunday, June 19) at Empire City Casino.
The first 3,000 Empire Club Members to visit a Promotions Booth will receive a free $2 “Money Multiplier” New York Lottery Scratch-off ticket, beginning at 10:00 AM. The scratch off tickets will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last.
06.09.2016 - BRONX WOMAN HITS $129,107 JACKPOT AT EMPIRE CITY CASINO
Call her “Lucky Lucy.” “Lucy C.,” a slot player from The Bronx, hit the fourth six-figure jackpot of the year – a $129,107 score – on June 8 at Empire City Casino.
The hit was made on the Bally/Hot Shot Progressive machine at 2:00 pm in the Gotham Palace. Lucy made a $2.50 wager on the penny slot machine. Empire City is one of the largest entertainment destinations in the northeast located less than two miles north of New York City.
Tracie B’s $388,311.84 score on February 5 was the biggest hit of the year, registered on the Blazing 7’s slot machine. That was the largest jackpot since the all-time Empire City record of $1,473,503 was brought home by Suffolk County resident Howard G. on Sunday, October 25, 2015 at 11:00am. That jaw-dropping score was won on the popular IGT Wheel of Fortune® Triple Stars® slot machine, located just a few hundred feet from the casino’s valet entrance.
06.08.2016 - Latin Night at Empire City Casino
From Yonkers to Kingston, from the Verrazano to the Tappan Zee bridges, Latin music lovers have been flocking to Empire City Casino for Latin Night which has become an unrivaled cultural hotspot in the tristate area. One Saturday a month there’s a Latin takeover of The Red Room at Empire City casino from 9:00pm – 2:00am.
The night will be alive with the hottest Latin beats played by DJ JRS. International Latin DJ JRS is one of the top Latin deejays in the tristate area. With more than a decade playing all over the US, Canada, Caribbean & Europe, his knowledge of music expands from Latin, Reggae and EDM Music, giving him a cutting edge in the Latin Urban scene.
05.20.2016 - WESTCHESTER’S BEST KEPT SECRET IS NO JOKE – COMEDY NIGHT AT EMPIRE CITY CASINO
Billed as one of Westchester’s hidden gems, Empire City Casino announced today its latest round-up of comedians are bringing their arsenal of jokes to Yonkers just a few miles north of the New York City border.
Occurring two Wednesdays per month in the casino’s Good Time Room, Comedy Night features top tier talent who have had their own shows, appeared on the Late Night circuit, and who share their barrel of laughs across the country. Empire City Casino is usually a stop for many comedians on their way to New York City, giving the public the chance to see their favorite jokesters before they hit the Big Apple and for a better bargain too.
05.18.2016 - Art Rooney Pace Pays Homage to Steelers Founder
The Art Rooney Pace remembers the venerable Hall of Fame founder of the Pittsburgh Steelers annually at Yonkers Raceway, and this year’s 26th edition will gather the eight top three-year-olds in training on Saturday night, May 28, for a purse of $300,000.
Empire City Casino’s historic half-mile harness racing oval will salute “The Chief” with a pair of promotions paying homage to the Rooney Family patriarch. The first 2,000 Empire Club members (one per member while supplies last) to visit a promotions booth beginning at 4:00pm will receive a custom commemorative Art Rooney Key Chain, depicting Mr. Rooney smoking his omnipresent cigar.
05.10.2016 - New Wheel of Fortune “Triple Extreme” Slots a Hit at Empire City Casino
Empire City Casino continues to go to extremes to enhance the experience for its players at the premier gaming destination closest to New York City. The Yonkers-based casino installed new dynamic “Wheel of Fortune Triple Extreme Spin” slots last week at the Entertainment Lounge area in the Gotham Palace.
“The Wheel of Fortune Extreme Spin slots are as exciting to watch as they are to play, and bring a fresh spin to our games,” said vice president of marketing Ryan Murphy. “We now have over 100 games with the wildly-popular Wheel of Fortune theme, and the new slots bring even more excitement to the casino floor.”
05.09.2016 - The Real Housewives of NY Star Bethenny Frankel Brings Horse Racing Background to Empire City Casino as Special Host of Kentucky Derby Day Festivities
The Kentucky Derby may have turned out as predicted with heavily favored Nyquist winning the kick-off to the Triple Crown season, but Bethenny Frankel’s choice for top hat at Empire City Casino’s annual “Fancy Derby Hat Contest” was not an easy one. The Real Housewives of NY star and Skinnygirl founder hosted the Kentucky Derby Day festivities at the casino and historic raceway in Yonkers, New York. For additional photos of Bethenny Frankel and Kentucky Derby Day at Empire City Casino, please Click Here (Photos by Stefan Radtke).
04.29.2016 - Bring on the Beef! Dan Rooney’s Sports Pub at Empire City Casino Celebrates National Hamburger Month with Magic Mushrooms & More
In celebration of National Hamburger Month, Empire City Casino’s, Dan Rooney’s Sports Pub is offering three beefy burgers available throughout the month of May. The three honorary burgers include the NEW Magic Mushroom Burger, the Dan Rooney Burger and the Classic Burger.
In addition, when guests order one of the specialty burgers, they will receive a National Hamburger Month card which will get stamped. If a guest eats all three burgers in May and shows their card was stamped three times, they will receive a free Dan Rooney’s t-shirt.
04.26.2016 - The Dish on Dating with Jersey Shore’s Sammi Sweetheart, Reality TV Star Siggy Flicker & Celebrity Know-It-All Clare Galterio
The Jersey Shore’s Sammi Sweetheart’s love and relationship tips, the latest on Clare Galterio’s upcoming summer nuptials and the expert advice they will receive from Reality TV Star, Author and Relationship Expert Siggy Flicker are among the topics they will tackle on their latest podcast Just Sayin’. Just Sayin’ is an open, honest and hilarious conversation on the latest developments in the trio’s lives and their take on the latest celebrity gossip, which may include Kelly Ripa’s disappearance from LIVE! with Kelly and Michael, paying tribute to Music Legend Prince, the latest on the Kardashians and more.
04.11.2016 - Mom, Get Your Game on this Mother’s Day at Empire City Casino
Honor mom in winning style with a Mother’s Day celebration for the ages on Sunday, May 8th. Empire City Casino has created a scrumptious Mother’s Day menu that the whole family will love, served in the Empire Terrace Restaurant, overlooking the world famous Yonkers Raceway.
The Mother’s Day Buffet includes starters, entrees, a carving station and a finale of incredible desserts. Choose from a wonderful array of salads and antipasto, which includes garden salads and an array of cheeses. Mouth-watering entrees range from Bourbon Glazed Chicken to Fines Herb Salmon and Citrus Beurre Blanc. The carving station features savory offerings of Honey Mustard Glazed Ham. Save room for the desserts featuring homemade cupcakes, cookies and fresh fruit.
04.05.2016 - Hundreds to Compete to Win $75,000 Cash in Empire City Casino Slot Tournaments
Empire City Casino is gearing up to host slot tournaments with $75,000 of total prize cash up for grabs. The Vegas-style tournaments will be held at Empire City April 19th, 20th and 21st from 5:30pm – 8:00pm each day. Lucky participants are elite and presidents level members of the Empire Club, the casino’s player loyalty club.
04.01.2016 - ‘Spring’ into Home Renovations with a Little Help from Empire City Casino
Empire City Casino will put your home improvement project in motion with the “Spring into Renovations” promotion in April. Empire Club Members have the chance to win a $500 The Home Depot® gift card Tuesdays, April 5, 12 and 26.
Each promotional date, from 2:00-5:00 pm, one lucky Empire Club Member will be called every 30 minutes to win a $500 The Home Depot® gift card. To participate, Empire Club Members must be playing any slot machine or electronic table game with an Empire Club Card inserted at the time of the drawing.
02.29.2016 - Fight Night at Empire City Casino, Wednesday, March 30th
The iconic New York Daily News Golden Gloves returns to Empire City Casino for the sixth consecutive year on Wednesday, March 30. The 2016 semi-finals of the fabled amateur boxing tournament will be hosted on the casino’s fourth floor.
The oldest and most esteemed amateur event in the U.S., celebrating its 89th anniversary this season, has produced generations of legendary boxers including Sugar Ray Robinson, Emile Griffith, Floyd Patterson, Riddick Bowe, Gerry Cooney, Mark Breland, Jose Torres, and Zab Judah.
02.19.2016 - Another February Six-Figure Jackpot Hit At Empire City Casino
The air may be cold, but the slots are hot in February at Empire City Casino. On the heels of the near-$400,000 jackpot score by “Tracie B.” earlier in the month, a player identified as “Pavel” had the hot hand on February 18th, hitting for $105,778 on the Bally 777 Wild Jackpot Quick Hit slot machine in the casino’s Gotham Palace at 6:40pm.
02.11.2016 - Ice Bucket Challenge Originator Pat Quinn Named Grand Marshal For Yonkers St. Patrick’s Day Parade; Official Installation At “Changing Of The Sash” Gala On March 6 At Empire City Casino
Patrick Quinn, a leading advocate for increasing awareness of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), has been selected 2016 Grand Marshal for the 61st Annual Yonkers St. Patrick’s Day Parade which take place on McLean Avenue on Saturday, March 19. The official installation of Mr. Quinn as Grand Marshall and the Aides for the Parade will take place on Sunday, March 6, at a gala celebration of the “Changing of the Sash” in the Good Time Room at Empire City Casino at 6:30 p.m. Empire City General Counsel Tim Rooney, Jr., last year’s Grand Marshall will “Pass the Sash” at that time.
01.21.2016 - Catch the BIG GAME and Even Bigger Action at Empire City Casino on Sunday, February 7th
America’s biggest football game is fast approaching on Sunday, February 7 and Empire City Casino will be the place to be for your BIG GAME bash.
At Dan Rooney’s Sports Bar, fans can enjoy the BIG GAME in style with 40 HDTVs, and great deals on food and drinks. Dan Rooney’s, a throwback to the original Pittsburgh bar owned by the Rooney family, will offer $1 Bud and Bud Light drafts, $1 pulled pork sliders, and $25 all-you-can-eat chicken wings.
01.19.2016 - Legendary Irish Band ‘Shilelagh Law’ and the Rousing ‘Celtic Cross’ Return to Empire City Casino for 3rd Annual Irish Concert
The “Luck of the Irish” will be musically profound at Empire City Casino with the announcement that Shilelagh Law and Celtic Cross, the exceedingly popular New York City-based Irish-American bands, will perform on Sunday, March 6, from 1:00-4:00pm in a pre-St. Patrick’s Day indoor concert. The Pipes and Drums of the Police Emerald Society of Westchester, comprised of police officers from many of the 39 Police Departments within the County of Westchester will also perform.
01.12.2016 - New York Lottery Powerball® Ticket Giveaway at Empire City Casino
Empire City Casino has Powerball fever. For those looking to increase their chances of winning Wednesday’s $1.4-billion Powerball jackpot, Empire City Casino will be giving out a total of 5,000 New York Lottery Powerball® quick-pick tickets.
Empire Club Members can visit a Promotions Booth starting at 10:00am on Wednesday, January 13 to receive one free quick-pick ticket, while supplies last.
01.07.2016 - Al Dukes of WFAN Radio’s Boomer & Carton Show to Appear at Empire City Casino
Al Dukes, the wildly-popular executive producer and ensemble member of WFAN Radio’s Boomer & Carton Show, will join football fans at Dan Rooney’s Sports Bar at Empire City Casino in Yonkers, NY, for the Wildcard Round on Saturday, January 9.
Dukes, known for his zany song parodies and wacky holiday advice tips, will be on hand for both AFC match ups. Kickoff is at 4:30 PM for the Kansas City Chiefs (11-5) vs. Houston Texans (9-7), followed by Pittsburgh Steelers (10-6) at Cincinnati Bengals (12-4) at 8:15 PM. WFAN will sponsor two $1,000 giveaways at Dan Rooney’s, one at halftime of each games.
12.17.2015 - Empire City Casino Ninth Annual Toy and Coat Drive
Christmas came early at Empire City Casino with the presentation to Catholic Charities of nearly one thousand toys and coats collected during the casino’s Ninth Annual “Christmas Spirit” Toy and Coat Drive. The donations will ensure that New Yorkers in need have a warm coat this winter and a toy or two to put under the Christmas tree for their children. Timothy J. Rooney, president and CEO of Empire City Casino, presented the annual donation to Monsignor Kevin Sullivan, executive director of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York but also surprised the service organization with a surprise gift…a donation of $10,000 to assist them in continuing to provide vital services to New York families in need. This year’s “Christmas Spirit” Toy and Coat Drive began November 9th and generous donors have given over 600 toys and more than four hundred coats. The toys and coats will be distributed through Catholic Charities community agencies to families in need. The toy and coat drive has become a holiday tradition at Empire City Casino and thousands of toys and coats have been donated since 2007 when the campaign was first launched.
12.10.2015 - New Year’s Eve Celebration at Empire City Casino
Empire City Casino is the winning destination to ring in 2016 in style with a wide variety of New Year’s Eve party packages and musical performances throughout the evening on Thursday, December 31. Players can also try a hand on the newly-added electronic blackjack or three-card poker tables, or sit down at a slot machine for the chance at a jackpot to celebrate the arrival of the New Year. Both the (trackside) Empire Terrace Dining Room and The Good Time Room will offer special dinner packages that include live entertainment, while the Entertainment Lounge, Dan Rooney’s Sports Bar and Alley 810 will each provide musical interludes throughout the evening.
11.10.2015 - 9th Annual Toy & Coat Drive Kicks Off to Help Families in Need
For the ninth consecutive year, Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway and Catholic Charities will team up to make the holiday season a little warmer and a little brighter for families in need. Empire City will host the “Christmas Spirit Toy and Coat Drive” Tuesday, November 10 through Wednesday, December 9. Empire City will be accepting donations every day throughout the month-long drive at the main promotions booth. Patrons are asked to bring new, unwrapped toys and/or new or gently used coats anytime during that period. The items will be delivered to Catholic Charities-supported agencies for the Christmas holidays.
10.20.2015 - State-of-the-Art Blackjack & 3-Card Poker Arrive in New York
High-tech electronic Blackjack and Three Card Poker tables are making their debut at one of New York’s most successful entertainment destinations, Empire City Casino. A provision in New York State’s budget was approved April 1st, setting the stage for Empire City to add state-of-the-art, electronic Blackjack and Three Card Poker tables, two of the most popular casino games. Empire City has been aggressive in its roll out of the new machines in an effort to boost revenues and help retain the billions New York residents spend at casinos in neighboring states. Blackjack fans are enjoying the advanced technology offered by more than 165 new Blackjack seats at Empire City. Nearly 200 positions will be available in the coming months, with an additional 300 added in the near future. Players confirm that this new, high-tech Blackjack allows for a faster pace of play without the intimidation of live tables yet plays exactly as traditional casino Blackjack, sans handheld cards and chips. The game sets up betting stations with a virtual dealer offering electronic cards, and players make decisions such as whether to hit or stand via touchscreen.
10.16.2015 - Tim Rooney, Owner of NY’s Empire City Casino to be Recognized as One of State’s Top Leaders in Corporate Social Responsibility
On Tuesday, October 20th, Timothy J. Rooney, son of Steelers founder Art J. Rooney, Sr. and president & CEO of Empire City Casino, will be honored at City & State Magazine’s Corporate Social Responsibility Awards (CSR) Breakfast, which will recognize leaders in the Hospitality, Gaming and Tourism industries. Rooney will be the recipient of the Special Award for Excellence in Workforce Diversity, Corporate Giving & Community Engagement. As the owner of the largest private employer in the fourth largest city in New York, Rooney employs nearly 1,300 employees, representing 14 different unions, with an annual payroll of over $45 million. As a family-run business, Rooney considers each employee to be a member of his extended family and works to create and maintain a diverse workforce. Nearly two-thirds of the current workforce identifies as either minority or female, and over half of the management team does as well.
10.13.2015 - EMPIRE CITY CASINO AT YONKERS RACEWAY TO HOST ANNUAL WALK TO CURE DIABETES ON SUNDAY, OCTOBER 18th
Last week, the 10 greatest trotters in the world were on the historic Yonkers Raceway oval for the revival of the Yonkers International Trot. This Sunday, October 18th, the great field behind the starting gate will be much larger – 2,000 strong – on the track for an important international cause – the “Walk to Cure Diabetes.” Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway Vice President and COO Bob Galterio’s daughter Cara was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age 9, and the longtime executive immediately was compelled to take action to fight the disease. So, “Cure for Cara” was born. That was 15 years ago, and on October 18th, the several thousand Empire City employees, volunteers and participants will gather to take action in the Walk to Cure Diabetes for JDRF. Galterio will serve as captain of the “Cure for Cara” team. Cara is now 25, and will be married later this month.
10.02.2015 - Arrival of 7 Europeans & 1 American at JFK Garners International Attention
An international flight touched down at John F. Kennedy Airport Thursday morning, carrying very special cargo – eight of the world’s finest harness horses. The high-performing athletes will compete to win a $1 Million purse in the International Trot being held at Yonkers Raceway on Saturday, October 10, 2015. A world-class event, the International Trot returns after a 20-year hiatus. Horses and drivers representing Norway, Sweden, Italy, France, Canada and the United States will compete to win the richest purse in the history of the famed Yonkers Raceway. Originally hosted at Roosevelt Raceway for nearly thirty years, the International Trot was taken over by Yonkers Raceway when Roosevelt permanently closed its doors in 1988. Yonkers Raceway president and CEO Tim Rooney, a passionate operator, horse breeder and owner, took over as host for harness racing’s global classic that year, bringing Roosevelt’s Lew “Tootie” Barasch aboard to spearhead the effort. Yonkers staged the International for seven years thereafter.
09.21.2015 - $100,000 JACKPOT HIT AT EMPIRE CITY CASINO BY NEW YORK CITY RESIDENT
Platinum turned to gold last night! A New York City resident hit a six figure jackpot on Sunday night at Empire City Casino. Leslie S. scored for $105,921.52 on the Quick Hit Platinum slot machine in the Gotham Palace at 6:08 PM. The Quick Hit is a penny-denomination slot, and the winner made a $3 wager to hit the jackpot. A life-changing million dollar jackpot – currently worth $1,400,049 and growing – is still up for grabs on the popular Wheel of Fortune Triple Stars slot machine at Empire City. It ballooned past the $1 million mark on April 15, which has guests coming to the Westchester casino from far and wide to try their luck.
09.16.2015 - As Students Head Back to School, an Historic Source of Education Funding Continues to Provide
As New York’s 2.7 million students head back to their classrooms, they’ve got school supplies and homework on their minds. It’s unlikely anyone in the state, from Allegany to Suffolk counties, is thinking about the downstate destination that continues to fund New York’s education coffers. Similarly, fall means football to many. And while football fans across the state know the Rooney name from the legendary Pittsburgh Steelers, few likely know it is the investment of Tim Rooney, son of Steelers founder Art J. Rooney, Sr., they can credit for generating nearly $25 million a month for New York State’s schools. Tim Rooney owns and operates Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway in Westchester County.
09.10.2015 - New York’s Best Totters and Pacers Go Head-to-Head in ‘Night of Champions’ with $1.8 Million in Purses on the Line
On Saturday, September 12th, the best trotters and pacers bred in New York State will descend on the historic Yonkers Raceway at Empire City Casino for the first of the two-part annual New York Night of Champions. The competition was inaugurated in 1990 by the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) and celebrates its 26th anniversary this year. For the first time, the competition will be held on two nights. On Saturday, September 12th, the Empire State’s best three-year-olds will compete in four Sire Stakes finals, each racing for a purse of $225,000. Part two of the competition will take place on Saturday, September 26th, with New York’s premier two-year-old trotters and pacers taking center stage in four races, going after their share of $900,000. Total purses for the two nights are $1.8 million, with all eight races again sponsored by prominent Empire breeding farms.
09.01.2015 - Empire City Casino Honors First Responders with Complimentary BBQ Buffet
Empire City Casino will pay tribute to dedicated first responders for their life-saving services and in memory of those lives lost on 9/11 with a free barbeque buffet lunch on Friday, September 11th. Policemen, firemen and emergency medical technicians across the area are welcome to dine for free, guests of first responders will enjoy a discounted rate. The luncheon will be held in the Empire Terrace Restaurant from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm, and first responders presenting proper ID will receive a complimentary lunch. Any guest of a first responder will receive a discounted rate of $15 per person. The general public may also attend the buffet for $25 per person.
08.20.2015 - New Jersey & Bronx Local Laugh Geniuses Come Together for Comedy Night at Empire City Casino
Breakout star of NBC’s Last Comic Standing seasons 1 and 3, Rich Vos, and two Bronx natives will keep laughs close to home in a Comedy Night performance on Wednesday, August 26th at Empire City Casino. Plainfield’s Vos will headline, accompanied by comedienne Adrienne Iapalucci and MC Vladimir Caamaño of The Bronx. Vos has been a regular guest on Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn. He wrote for Chris Rock when Rock hosted The Academy Awards in 2005, and also played character Lenny Bruce on NBC’s American Dreams.
08.20.2015 - Yonkers “Backpack to School” Drive Hits the Jackpot with a Donation of 300 Backpacks from Empire City Casino
Summer has flown by in typical fashion and parents and students are gearing up for the beginning of the school year. For most, that means new clothes, shoes, and lots of school supplies. But for many, getting the school supplies their children need to start the year off right can be a financial burden. According to statistics provided by the National Retail Federation, the average parent spends hundreds of dollars on back-to-school items, including $101.18 on school supplies, $355.76 on clothing and shoes and $212.35 on electronics. To help families and students in need, the City of Yonkers is hosting its fourth annual “Backpack to School” drive to collect school supplies for elementary students who need them. That initiative just received a huge boost with the donation of 300 new backpacks from Empire City Casino.
08.11.2015 - Wounded Warriors Among Country Music Fans at Westchester Trace Adkins Concert
Country music legend Trace Adkins packed the track Sunday at a performance at Empire City Casino. The sensational performer is a devoted supporter of veterans, and a spokesman for the Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP). Therefore, it was fitting to have a group of military service members from WWP in the audience when the Grammy-nominated artist brought down the house at the August 9th outdoor summer concert.
08.10.2015 - Top Comedic Talent Rob Cantrell Headlines Laugh-Fest at Empire City Casino
Funnyman Rob Cantrell, who has brought his laugh-fest to sketches on Comedy Central’s “Colbert Report” and FX’s “Totally Biased,” will headline the award-winning Comedy Night at Empire City Casino on Wednesday, August 12th in the Good Time Room. Joining Cantrell will be Mark Serritella as the featured artist and Chris Millhouse as the MC for the night. Cantrell first gained national attention as a top ten finalist (#7) on the first season of NBC’s “Last Comic Standing”, the year the show received an Emmy nomination. Rob has been seen on several TV networks (NBC, CBS, HBO, FX, Comedy Central), and has toured the country performing at clubs, theaters and festivals for many years. He has also performed at Bonnaroo, SXSW and the New York Comedy Festival.
08.03.2015 - Empire City Casino & Yonkers Police Department Team Up for 8th Annual National Night Out
On August 4th, the Yonkers 2nd Precinct Police Department will take a little time away from fighting crime to get to know their neighbors and celebrate “National Night Out – America’s Night Out Against Crime.” Sponsored by Empire City Casino, National Night Out will take place at Coyne Park from 6pm-9pm. National Night Out is an annual event designed to strengthen the community by encouraging neighborhoods to engage stronger relationships with each other and with local law enforcement partners. This free event will include a summer concert provided by Empire City Casino as well as food, games, prizes, and family fun activities.
07.23.2015 - City Of Yonkers, Empire City Casino & Yonkers Native Pat Quinn Go ‘All In’ to Relaunch ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
In August 2014, Pat Quinn of Yonkers, NY and Pete Frates of Boston, MA, both ALS patients, co-founded the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. The effort became a global phenomenon with more than 17 million videos of people taking the challenge being posted on Facebook last year. This August will bring a re-launch of the effort and Quinn has been joined by Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano, City Council President Liam McLaughlin and Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway to make it an unforgettable event. On Sunday, August 2 at 2pm hundreds will gather trackside at Yonkers Raceway where Quinn will lead participants in a simultaneous ice bucket challenge to reignite the viral social media movement through the month of August to benefit ALS research. The first 1,000 participants will receive a free 2015 ALS Ice Bucket Challenge t-shirt courtesy of Empire City Casino.
07.16.2015 - Wisconsin Couple Travels Over 800 Miles and Makes History at the 116-Year-Old Historic Yonkers Raceway
There was a different kind of celebration in the Yonkers Raceway Winner’s Circle recently. Instead of a trophy presentation to the owners and driver of a victorious horse, a champagne toast marked the engagement of Alisha Christine Cleary and Jordan Michael Herbert in what is believed to be the first such proposal in the 116-year history of one of the country’s most iconic racetracks. This “Call to the Post”, the ceremonious bugling that calls horses to the track, certainly had a different “ring” to it!
07.06.2015 - New Jersey Resident Hits Third $100K Jackpot at Empire City Casino within 25 Days
There were fireworks of the best kind at Empire City Casino on July 4, 2015 when a $100,000 jackpot was hit by a Bergenfield, New Jersey resident. This is the third jackpot won of this caliber on the Bally’s Double Jackpot Wild slot machine in less than four weeks by guests traveling from Bergen County, New Jersey.
06.30.2015 - Man Hits Six-Figure Jackpot Twice in One Month at Empire City Casino
Talk about doing a “Double” take! This is “Wild”! Dominic Santaite of Saddle Brook, NJ hit the jackpot for $100,020 on the appropriately-named Bally’s Double Jackpot Wild slot machine at Empire City Casino on Monday, June 29th at 9:23pm – his second time doing so in less than 3 weeks.
06.29.2015 - Empire City Casino is Turning Losers into Winners
At Empire City Casino, losers can become winners, thanks to the New York Lottery Scratch-Off Ticket Exchange. On the five Thursdays of July – July 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th – from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Empire Club members can exchange non-winning NY Lottery Scratch-off tickets for free play at the casino.
06.24.2015 - Empire City Casino Fourth of July Weekend Celebrated with Jeep Patriot Giveaways
Three lucky winners will be lighting the celebration fireworks when each drives home from Empire City Casino in a brand new Jeep Patriot during the three-day Fourth of July Weekend promotion.
06.23.2015 - Life-Changing Jackpot Continues to Rise!
The summer temperatures continue to escalate, and the record-breaking jackpot at Empire City Casino continues to percolate, with the life-changing potential score on the increasingly-popular Wheel of Fortune Triple Stars slot machine now standing at $1,195,124. The jackpot hiked past the $1 million mark for the first time two months ago (April 15), and guests continue to flock to the Westchester casino from far and wide to try their luck.
06.01.2015 - Empire City Casino Summer Concerts Feature Trio of Music’s Biggest Names
Three legends of music, bringing a fine blend of rock and country music to Westchester County, will take to the stage at Empire City Casino this summer in a trio of outdoor Sunday concerts featuring Kenny Rogers on July 19, Trace Adkins on August 9, and Lynyrd Skynyrd on August 16. Tickets for Kenny Rogers and Trace Adkins are on sale now. Lynyrd Skynyrd tickets go on sale Monday, June 8, at 9:00am. Prices start at $39.99 and can be purchased on the Empire City Casino website (empirecitycasino.com).
05.13.2015 - Record Jackpot Continues To Build At Empire City Casino
The suspense continues to build at Empire City Casino in Yonkers, as does what will be a record-breaking jackpot on the popular Wheel of Fortune Triple Stars slot machine which now stands at $1,087,845. The life-changing potential score ballooned past the $1 million mark for the first time on April 15, and guests are coming to the Westchester casino from far and wide to try their luck. Who knows when the record jackpot will be hit, but what’s definite is that it will exceed the previous mark by more than a half million dollars. Manuel Esteche of Port Chester hit for $571,000 in February, breaking the previous record jackpot of $509,000 won in November 2014 by Moosue Stefern of Bergenfield, New Jersey.
05.05.2015 - Westchester Employer Brings Personal Finance Education to the Workplace
Behind every successful corporation is a dedicated team of employees, and Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway is no exception. As the largest private employer in the fourth largest city in New York, the casino has nearly 1300 employees. A new initiative is underway to bring personal finance education to the workplace to help employees make better-informed financial decisions. A few years ago Empire City implemented a wellness initiative to raise awareness, educate and encourage employees to make better choices when it comes to their health. This month, the focus is personal finance with a five-week program that will bring various banking experts on property to speak one-on-one with employees.
04.28.2015 - Top Harness Driver Tyler Buter, WVOX Host John Marino and WAG Magazine’s Georgette Gouveia to Judge “Fancy Derby Hat Contest”
Tyler Buter, one of Yonkers Raceway’s top harness drivers, popular WVOX Radio “Good Morning Westchester” host John Marino, and Georgette Gouveia, writer and editor for WAG Magazine (Westfair, Inc.) have been announced as the judges for the “Fancy Kentucky Derby Hat Contest” at Empire City Casino (810 Yonkers Ave. Yonkers, NY 10704) on Saturday, May 2. The first Saturday in May brings the “most exciting two minutes in sports” to the world, and the Fancy Hat Contest Derby Tradition to Empire City.
04.15.2015 - Life Changing Slot Jackpot Exceeds $1 Million Mark for First Time
A jackpot on the popular Wheel of Fortune Triple Stars slot machine at Empire City Casino has ballooned past the $1 million mark and is still up for grabs, though perhaps not for long. Cherie Czerniowski, who oversees slot operations at Empire City, announced that when it hits, it will be the largest jackpot ever to be won at the casino and, she stressed that it can only be won in Yonkers. “This is not a wide area progressive as seen at most properties,” said Czerniowski. “This jackpot can only be hit here at Empire City.”
04.07.2015 - Free Derby Exacta Box Wager and Fancy Hat Contest
The “Run for the Roses” on the first Saturday in May is revered as the “most exciting two minutes in sports,” and Empire City Casino will continue its Kentucky Derby tradition on May 2 with its annual “Fancy Derby Hat Contest” and a free 2-horse exacta box wager to add to the thrills. Contestants will register between 2:00 and 4:00 pm trackside, wearing their fancy hats, which have become part of the Derby fabric as much as the big race itself. The winners will be announced at 5 pm, after being chosen by a blue ribbon panel of judges.
03.23.2015 - Empire City Casino Wednesday Night Laugh Fest Headlined by Chris Strait
April will bring showers of laughs to Empire City Casino when jokes galore rain down on the Good Time Room stage on April 29th courtesy of the entertaining Chris Strait, the evening’s headliner for the award-winning Wednesday night Comedy Show. Peet Guercio joins Strait as the featured performer, while Ron Nobles will be the MC for the night. Doors will open at 7:00 pm, and the show will begin at 8:00 pm. Admission is $5 for Empire Club Members and $25 for all non-members. Elite Club and President’s Club Members gain free admission to the show. All patrons will receive a free drink ticket.
03.20.2015 - MODI headlines Empire City Casino Award-Winning Comedy Night
Notable television favorite MODI, acclaimed as one of the Top Ten stand-up comics in America today, will take center stage at Empire City Casino on April 15th at the next installment of the award-winning Wednesday Comedy Night series in the Good Time Room. MODI will be joined by two local fixtures, featured performer Sean Donnelly and MC for the evening Eric Neumann, both popular on the New York City comedy circuit. Doors will open at 7:00 pm, and the show will begin at 8:00 pm. Admission is $5 for Empire Club Members and $25 for all non-members. Elite Club and Presidents Club members gain free admission to the show. All patrons receive a free drink ticket.
03.12.2015 - Eddie Ifft Headlines Empire City Casino Wednesday Comedy Night
“Ifft” you love to laugh, then Empire City Casino will be the place to be on the evening of March 25, when Eddie Ifft headlines the award-winning Wednesday Comedy Night in the Good Time Room. Accompanying Ifft on stage will be the hilarity of two local products – featured performer, New York native Joe Praino, and the man from the Bronx, John Iavarone, as MC for the night. Doors will open at 7:00 pm, and the show will begin at 8:00 pm. Admission is $5 for Empire Club Members and $25 for all non-members. Elite Club and Presidents Club members gain free admission to the show. All patrons receive a free drink ticket. Ifft, a world traveler who has performed to sold-out crowds in over 20 countries from Australia to the United Kingdom, has starred on such nationally-recognized shows as Comedy Central, NBC’s Last Comic Standing, Showtime’s Tommy Chong 420, and as “man-on-the-street” on the Queen Latifah Show.
03.10.2015 - Historic NY Daily News Golden Gloves Finals & Semi-Finals includes “All Westchester” Battle
The iconic New York Daily News Golden Gloves returns to Empire City Casino for the fifth consecutive year on Wednesday, March 11. The 2015 semi-finals of the fabled amateur boxing tournament will be hosted on the casino’s fourth floor. Three championship bouts and a trio of semi-final divisions will highlight the action-packed card. In the 112-poind Female Championship, Ivette Delgado of Yonkers will square off against Michelle Viglione of Mount Vernon in an “All-Westchester” finale; in the 114-pound Novice Championship, Deshane Burgess (West NYC) takes on Carlos Vanegas (West NYC); and in the 176 Female Championship, Krystal Dixon (West NY) faces Joy Rotstein (Brooklyn).
03.03.2015 - Empire City Casino Grabs Four Awards in Nationwide Contest to Find “The Best”
New York’s own, Empire City Casino, located in Westchester County, has walked away with four top honors in the nationwide contest for “Best Dining & Nightlife Awards” by Casino Player Magazine (March 2015 issue). The recognition once again demonstrates Empire City’s status as a leading destination for gaming and entertainment. Empire City’s “must-stop” for Italian cuisine, Nonno’s Trattoria, was the big winner, taking home two separate honors. For the second year in a row, the restaurant was awarded “Best Italian,” thanks to the culinary work of Executive Chef Gaurav Navin. Nonno’s was also selected for the “Best Happy Hour” award.
02.28.2015 - New Yorkers Hitting Six Figure Jackpots Galore at Westchester Casino
A Port Chester man hit the largest jackpot in the eight-year history of Empire City Casino on Friday night (February 27). Manuel Esteche took home the $571,049.05 prize with a mere $2.50 spin on the Bally Blazing 7 slot machine (1-cent denomination) at 11:30 PM. But the biggest jackpot in history approaching the million dollar mark – an $868,000 life-changer – is still up for grabs. In November, Moosue Stefern of Bergenfield, New Jersey hit a record -breaking $509,121.96 at Empire City, which was more than double the previous jackpot record. At the time, it was the biggest jackpot since the Yonkers “racino” first opened in 2006, but now moves into second place.
02.26.2015 - Temperatures Frigid Outside, Jackpots Hot in Yonkers, NY
The frigid temperatures in the Northeast are breaking records outside, but indoor records are being shattered, too. The slots are hot at Empire City Casino. Case in point: Ella from Brooklyn hit the third largest jackpot in Empire City’s history with a $222,459.74 score Tuesday night (February 24). The lucky win was registered on the Wheel of Fortune slot machine at 11:30 PM on a $15 wager made on a $5 denomination machine. The biggest jackpot in history approaching the million dollars million mark – an $868,000 life-changer – is still up for grabs.
02.12.2015 - Tim Rooney, Jr. of Empire City Casino Named Grand Marshal of Yonkers Saint Patrick’s Day Parade
Tim Rooney, Jr., general counsel of Empire City Casino has been named 2015 Grand Marshal for the 60th Annual Yonkers St. Patrick’s Day Parade on McLean Avenue which takes place on Saturday, March 21. Tim is the son of casino president and CEO Timothy J. Rooney. “It’s quite an honor to be chosen to serve as Grand Marshal,” said Rooney. “With our family’s Irish heritage and long association with the City of Yonkers, it will be a special day for me and the entire Rooney Family.”
02.11.2015 - Fight Night at Empire City Casino, Wednesday, March 11th
The iconic New York Daily News Golden Gloves returns to Empire City Casino for the fifth consecutive year on Wednesday, March 11. The 2015 semi-finals of the fabled amateur boxing tournament will be hosted on the casino’s fourth floor. The oldest and most esteemed amateur event in the U.S., celebrating its 88th anniversary this season, has produced generations of legendary boxers including Sugar Ray Robinson, Emile Griffith, Floyd Patterson, Riddick Bowe, Gerry Cooney, Mark Breland, Jose Torres, and Zab Judah. “We are proud that the Daily News Golden Gloves has become part of the great sports tradition at Empire City Casino, and is now in its fifth year,” said president & CEO, Timothy J. Rooney. “Two New York institutions are once again teaming up for what we know will be an exciting event for fight fans.”
02.02.2015 - Irish Eyes Will Be Smilin’ – and Rockin’ – At Empire City Casino’s Irish Concert Featuring the Legendary Irish Band ‘Shilelagh Law’ and the Rousing ‘Celtic Cross’
The “Luck of the Irish” will be musically profound at Empire City Casino with the announcement that Shilelagh Law and Celtic Cross, the exceedingly popular New York City-based Irish-American bands, will perform on Sunday, March 8, from 3:00-6:00pm in a pre-St. Patrick’s Day indoor concert. The Pipes and Drums of the Police Emerald Society of Westchester, comprised of police officers from many of the 39 Police Departments within the County of Westchester will also perform.
01.20.2015 - Top Comic Johnny Lampert Brings High-Level Laughs to Empire City Casino
Johnny Lampert, the nationally renowned comedian and a regular at the best comedy clubs from coast to coast, is set to bring his hysterical, high-level laughs to Empire City Casino (810 Yonkers Avenue) for another award-winning Wednesday Comedy Night on February 11. Headliner Lampert will be joined by Erin Jackson, the feature performer, and MC for the night Gibran Saleem. Doors will open at 7:00 pm and the show will begin at 8:00 pm. Admission is $5 for Empire Club Members and $25 for non-members. Elite Club and President’s Club members gain free admission to the show. All patrons will receive a free drink ticket.
01.14.2015 - Kevin Curran of Yonkers Hits $100,000 Jackpot at Empire City Casino
Kevin Curran of Yonkers, New York, scored a $100,000 jackpot at Empire City Casino on January 9. There are still 10 jackpots worth six-figures – including possible scores of nearly $800,000 and over a half million dollars – heating up the frigid air in the Northeast in Yonkers. Curran made a wager of $100 on the “Double Diamond” slot to take home $100,000. Four of the potential jackpots are at the popular Wheel of Fortune machines, including the $799,603 life-changer at the Wheel of Fortune Triple Stars progressive slot, which requires a 2-credit wager on the $10 machine (total $20 wager) to win the top prize.
01.12.2015 - It’s A Whole Different Kind of Green Over at Empire City Casino
For the third consecutive year, hundreds of landscape and design professionals will descend on Empire City Casino to talk about an entirely different kind of green. On Wednesday, January 14, 2015 the 47th Professional Turf & Landscape Conference and Trade Show will take over the third and fourth floors of the popular tri-state area tourist attraction. From 9am to 5pm, vendors and industry professionals will attend a trade show and participate in certification courses taught by the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Westchester County, PLANET Professional Landcare Network, The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), and the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA). Areas of expertise vary widely and include lawn care, ground maintenance for golf courses, parks and recreation, universities, cemeteries, arborist, sales and manufacturing, irrigation and more.
01.07.2015 - Tri-State Area Casino Goers Salivating Over Multiple Six-Figure Jackpots at Empire City Casino – the Largest Approaching One Million Dollars
Tri-state area residents looking to start off the New Year with a big win are heading to Empire City Casino in Westchester County for a chance to score one of 10 jackpots worth six-figures – including one at nearly $800,000 and another over $500,000. Four of the potential jackpots are at the popular Wheel of Fortune machines, including the $793,000 life-changer at the Wheel of Fortune Triple Stars progressive slot, which requires a 2-credit wager on the $10 machine (total $20 wager) to win the top prize.
12.17.2014 - Statement of Timothy J. Rooney, Jr. Chief Counsel, Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway
“The Gaming Facility Location Board conducted a thorough review of applications for casino licenses and wisely recommended that Orange County not be a site for a casino in the Catskill region. We applaud them for their work and ultimate determination that Sullivan County represents the region’s best hope for economic revitalization through casino and resort development. We thank our elected representatives, businesses and community groups who made a strong and convincing case that any effort to site a new casino not jeopardize the nearly 1400 jobs and billions of dollars Empire City provides for education and other government services. While the Committee’s decision to defer on the fourth license is of concern, we believe that the arguments against siting a casino in Orange County and the compelling reasons one was rejected will remain.”
12.15.2014 - Empire City Casino Toy and Coat Drive Donation Wednesday, December 17 at 12:30pm
Empire City Casino President & CEO, Timothy J. Rooney will present over 600 toys and hundreds of coats collected in the casino’s Eighth Annual “Christmas Spirit” Toy and Coat Drive to Catholic Charities on Wednesday, December 17, at 12:30 PM. Donations will be accepted by the Catholic Charities executive director Monsignor Kevin Sullivan.
11.24.2014 - The Holiday Season Kicks Off with Tree Lighting, Treats, Caroling Performance, and Santa
Westchester, NY— If you were lucky enough to take home a share of the nearly $7 billion in credits won by patrons at Empire City Casino this year – like Ms. Stefern of Bergenfield, NJ who won $509,000 on a Wheel of Fortune slot this month – you may have thought Christmas came early. But so many others in New York don’t even have warm coats for themselves or their families, let alone the means to put a toy under the tree to ensure their children experience some small measure of joy on December 25th. Empire City is hoping residents will help them change that. Empire City Casino is inviting residents of the tri-state area to attend a Holiday Kick-Off Event on Saturday, November 29th from 5:00pm – 6:30pm where attendees will enjoy an outdoor performance by Victorian Carolers, complimentary hot chocolate, fresh-baked cookies, and candy canes, photos with Santa, and a special gift for children age 12 and under. A 20-foot Christmas Tree will be lit at 6:15pm to represent the official start of the holiday season.
11.12.2014 - Tri-State Area Foodies Sink Their Teeth into 2014 Holiday Season…
It’s hard to begrudge an early start to the holiday season when it kicks off with an event like this. Self-proclaimed foodies, and even the average glutton with a passion for great food and drink, will delight in this find – a holiday kick-off event being held this Friday, November 14th from 6:00pm to 10:00pm. The event offers 4 hours of beer, wine and signature cocktails, two separate tasting sessions, dessert, dancing and bowling.
11.06.2014 - Craft Beer Takes Center Stage at Int’l Hotel, Motel & Restaurant Trade Show…
Whether you’re a beer lover or not, you’re probably aware of the sweeping craft beer movement that has taken our country by storm. Based on 2013 data gathered by the Brewers Association, the United States is home to over 2,800 craft breweries and hundreds more continue to open. This growing phenomenon will make its way to The International Hotel, Motel and Restaurant Trade Show (IHMRS) this month to give attendees a taste of America’s new favorite beers. IHMRS will be held November 9th – 11th at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City. Tens of thousands of hospitality industry workers from around the country are expected to attend, while industry leading companies and business personnel will share their latest products and services. This year, craft beer will be featured in “The Beverage Experience” educational sessions. Tipi Vyrasith, food and beverage director at Empire City Casino, and John Rubbo, co-owner of Yonkers Brewing Co. will discuss how the addition of craft beer can enhance guest satisfaction, as well as increase an operation’s bottom line. These sessions, held on Sunday, November 9th at 1:30pm and 2:30pm at the Bella Bar pop-up bar on the conference floor, will appeal to food & beverage managers, bar managers, restaurateurs, and restaurant managers.
10.10.2014 - Thousands Will Attend 6th Annual Fall Harvest Festival Tomorrow, Saturday, October 11th
What: 6th Annual Fall Harvest Festival with pony rides, face-painting, the pumpkin patch, NYS craft beers, musical entertainment and a celebration of horse racing & agriculture. Where: Trackside at Empire City Casino @ Yonkers Raceway, 810 Yonkers Avenue, Yonkers, NY 10704 When: Saturday, October 11, 2014 4:00-8:00 PM
10.09.2014 - Pink will be the Color du Jour at Fall Harvest Festival this Saturday at Empire City Casino
Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway is busily preparing for its sixth annual Fall Harvest Festival, a free, family-fun event, set for this Saturday, October 11th. The Harvest Festival is slated from 4:00pm-8:00pm on the track apron at the historic half-mile oval, and showcases the thriving relationship between horse racing and agriculture all across New York State. This year, in honor of breast cancer awareness month, Empire City Casino and the North American Amateur Drivers Association (NAADA) have teamed up to raise money for the Susan G. Komen Foundation. For every Fall Harvest Festival attendee who wears the color pink, a donation of $10 will be made to Komen’s Greater NYC Chapter, up to $15,000. Representatives from the Susan G. Komen Greater NYC foundation will be on hand to answer questions, provide informational materials and accept an oversized donation check in the Winner’s Circle.
10.06.2014 - New York State Legislators to Face Off in a Challenge Outside of Albany
The most significant political race of the season is on the horizon for Saturday, and it’s not a gubernatorial debate. A dozen elected officials – members of the New York State Assembly and Senate from Westchester, Long Island and New York’s five boroughs – will go behind the starting gate at Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway in the annual Legislative Pace on Saturday, October 11th. As part of the Sixth Annual Fall Harvest Festival, the heated political battle over the historic half-mile Yonkers oval consists of participants literally take the driver’s seat and competing against each other in three non-wagering harness races, with some help from professional harness drivers. Post time is 5:30pm.
10.02.2014 - Longtime Yonkers Resident and Employee of Empire City Casino, Ursula McIntyre, to be Honored at Aisling Irish Community Center’s Annual Dinner Dance
Yonkers-based Aisling Irish Community Center will hold its 11th Annual Dinner Dance on Friday, October 3, 2014 and among the three very worthy honorees for the evening is long-time Yonkers resident and employee of Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway, Ursula McIntyre. McIntyre will be recognized for her significant contributions to the local community, as well as the broader Irish-American community. McIntyre hails from Belmullet, Co. Mayo in Ireland, the eldest of nine children. Thirty-two years ago while working in the hotel industry, fate stepped in and introduced McIntyre to June and Timothy Rooney during their visit to Ireland. Rooney offered McIntyre employment in New York and McIntyre then became a resident of the City of Yonkers.
09.30.2014 - Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway to Host Walk To Cure Diabetes On Sunday, October 26th
Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway Vice President and COO Bob Galterio’s daughter Cara was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age 9, and the longtime executive immediately was compelled to take action to fight the disease. So, “Cure for Cara” was born. That was 14 years ago, and on Sunday, October 26, more than 2,000 Empire City employees, volunteers and participants will gather at Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway, to take action in the Walk to Cure Diabetes for JDRF. Galterio will serve as captain of the “Cure for Cara” team. Registration opens at 9am. The walk starts at 10am. The fundraising goal for the chapter is to realize nearly $545,000 for research to find a cure for diabetes and its complications. To register now and participate, sponsor the event, build a Walk team, or for more information please visit walk.jdrf.org/westchester or call the JDRF Westchester County Chapter at 914-686-7700.
09.24.2014 - Casino Player Magazine Names Empire City Casino “Best Casino” in the Northeast
Casino Player Magazine (casinocenter.com), America’s premier gaming lifestyle magazine based in Las Vegas, NV, announced the results of its annual reader survey awarding the best-of-the-best in the industry for casinos across North America and lauded not one but four of its top honors on New York’s own Empire City Casino in Westchester County. In the 2014 Best of Gaming Awards, Empire City Casino received the prestigious “best casino” in North America award in the racino category, as well as the top spot in the categories of Best Reel Slots, Casino Where You Feel the Luckiest, and Casino with the Best Facebook Page, an impressive citing in today’s age of social media. Buoyed by a recent $50 million renovation, and the dawn of two new restaurants – Dan Rooney’s Sports Bar and pinch American Grill – Empire City took the top prize among “racinos” in 10 U.S. states and five Canadian provinces.
09.17.2014 - Elected Officials & Empire City Casino Join Forces with New York Blood Center to Replenish Region’s Critically Low Blood Levels
As the region wraps up the summer season, New York Blood Center (NYBC) has issued an emergency blood appeal, reporting that community supplies of all types of donor blood are at critically low levels. To help replenish the region’s supply, area elected officials have joined forces with Empire City Casino to hold a blood drive on September 22, 2014 from 2:00pm to 8:00pm in the Good Time Room on the third floor of Empire City located at 810 Yonkers Avenue in Yonkers. NYBC reports that while it is distributing more blood than last year at this time, the summer vacation months have been particularly hard on blood donations and supplies. New York State Senators Andrea Stewart-Cousins and George Latimer, along with Assembly Members J. Gary Pretlow and Shelley Mayer, and Yonkers’ Mayor Mike Spano, are co-hosting the blood drive and urging their constituencies to participate.
09.16.2014 - Empire City Casino Pours It On – – New York Craft Beers Take Center Stage
New York, September 16— With 8 million visitors each year, Empire City Casino is the place to go to get your game on. And with a recent $50 million expansion that added two beer-centric new restaurants, a bowling ultra-lounge and expanded gaming floor, Empire City has upped the ante and become a destination for tri-state area beer-lovers. Featuring more than sixty beers on tap from over thirty craft breweries across New York State, it comes as no surprise that Empire City’s pinch American Grill (pinchusa.com) has just been announced the Best Beer Selection Award winner in this year’s Best of Yonkers contest held by the Yonkers Chamber of Commerce. Beer connoisseurs will appreciate the Fall selection of specialty brews, some of which will be exclusive to Pinch, such as Southern Tier’s PumpKing, Warlock, and Crème Brulee brews, as well as Kuka Smoked Pumpkin Porter and Brooklyn Oktoberfest. Impatient brew lovers will delight in pinch’s tableside taps that allow thirsty patrons to ‘pour your own’.
09.05.2014 - Empire City Casino Lights Up the Sky in Orange to Show Support for Hunger Action Month and Food Bank for Westchester
Empire City Casino and the Food Bank for Westchester helped to launch Hunger Action Month yesterday (September 4, 2014). It was Hunger Action Day, and the canopy at the casino entrance was lit bright orange in the color symbolic of the fight against hunger. Go Orange to End Hunger is a month-long campaign that will help create awareness of a problem that affects 49 million Americans in the United States. Taryn Duffy, Director of Public Affairs, Empire City Casino, and Rick Rakow, Food Bank for Westchester Board Chairman, were among those in attendance for the launch. Hunger Action Month, held in September, is a nationwide campaign mobilizing the public to take action against the issue of hunger. Organized by Feeding America, a nationwide network of food banks, the campaign brings greater attention to the issue of hunger in America and promotes ways for individuals everywhere to get involved with the movement.
09.04.2014 - Empire City Casino Declares this Month “Cadillac and Cash September” with Chance to Drive Home in a new Cadillac CTS on September 30
How’s this for an autumn drive? Empire City Casino has declared this month “Cadillac and Cash September,” and one lucky slot-goer will drive home in a brand new Cadillac CTS on Tuesday, September 30, with a send-off from none other than the New York Lottery’s Yolanda Vega. For the chance to win the “Caddy,” the first 500 Empire Club members to visit a promotions booth on Mondays (excluding September 1st) and Thursdays in the month of September will receive one free NY Lottery $5 Cadillac & Cash instant ticket and an entry into the Cadillac CTS Giveaway.
08.27.2014 - The King of Pop is Startin’ Somethin’ at Empire City Casino
The King of Pop is back for an encore at Empire City Casino. Bally Technologies Inc. has unveiled a follow-up to its Michael Jackson King of Pop slot machine. The exciting, interactive new game called Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’ hit the casino floor this week. The highly anticipated Michael Jackson Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’ video slot will electrify players with more gaming excitement from one of the greatest performers of all time. This encore to the popular Michael Jackson King of Pop game features familiar gameplay and all-new bonuses set to five of Michael Jackson’s most iconic hits: Bad, Billie Jean, Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough, The Way You Make Me Feel, and Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’.
08.26.2014 - Sixth Annual Fall Harvest Festival for Families and Fans of All Ages at Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway Saturday, October 11th
Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway is busily preparing for its Sixth Annual Fall Harvest Festival, an exciting community event set for Saturday night, October 11th. The Harvest Festival is slated from 4:00-8:00p.m. trackside at the historic half-mile oval, and will showcase New York State products, as well as the thriving relationship between horse racing and agriculture. The Annual Fall Harvest Festival includes family-fun events such as pony rides, face painting, a pumpkin patch, musical entertainment and more. Those over age 21 will enjoy this year’s newly added Beer Garden offering a large selection of New York State craft beer, along with a Wing Tent that will tempt attendees with a variety of recipes and flavors.
07.09.2014 - Fans Can Win Meet & Greet with Musical Talents Gin Blossoms, 38 Special, Everclear and more at Empire City Casino
Summer is hotter than ever at Empire City Casino with the kickoff of the 3rd Annual Outdoor Summer Concert Series. Music fans will enjoy the incredible musical talents of the best country, pop, and rock artists spanning over four decades of music every Sunday evening in July and August. Empire City Casino announced a social media contest using Facebook and Twitter that will award winners with VIP platinum seating and a meet and greet for each concert. Individuals interested in entering the contest simply follow or like Empire City Casino on either Facebook or Twitter, then share or retweet the image posted by Empire City for the band they’d like to meet and see perform. Winners will receive two platinum seats to the concert indicated in the image they shared or retweeted, as well as a VIP meet and greet with the band or artist.
07.01.2014 - UFC Championship Featuring Weidman vs. Machida Televised Live at Dan Rooney’s Sports Bar at Empire City Casino on Saturday Night, July 5
Dan Rooney’s Sports Bar at Empire City Casino (Yonkers, NY) will be the “ultimate” place for UFC “fireworks” on Saturday night, July 5, featuring the broadcast of undefeated champion Chris Weidman vs. Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida in the Middleweight Championship Main Event from Las Vegas. The undercard broadcast begins at 8:00 PM/ET and includes champion Rhonda Rousey vs. Alexis Davis for the UFC Women’s Championship. There are 40 HD TV screens in Dan Rooney’s to watch the exhilarating action from every angle.
06.30.2014 - Much-Anticipated ‘Favorite 90’s Bands’ Performers Unveiled for Summer Concert at Empire City Casino
Empire City Casino has kept under wraps the names of the bands that will perform on Sunday, August 10th, enticing potential concert goers only by saying “Your Favorite 90’s Bands” will be performing. With anticipation building, Empire City did not disappoint with the announcement The 2014 Summerland Tour featuring Everclear, Soul Asylum, Eve 6 and Spacehog will perform as part of its annual Summer Concert Series. The Summerland Tour is an annual 1990s music tour created by Everclear’s Art Alexakis and Sugar Ray’s Mark McGrath to bring some of the most well-known alternative 90’s bands back to the rock music stage and was named one of Rolling Stone’s “10 Hottest Summer Package Tours” when it debuted in 2012. The four bands comprising this year’s Summerland Tour have sold millions of albums, released numerous hit singles, and continue to have a constant presence on airwaves across the country.
06.24.2014 - MGM Resorts International’s M life Brings Member Rewards to Empire City Casino
— MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) has announced a strategic relationship with Empire City Casino in New York, joining a network of M life partners including Southwest Airlines, Royal Caribbean International, Hyatt and Avis Budget Group. The new relationship provides increased value for members of MGM Resorts’ premier loyalty rewards program, M life, as well as for members of Empire Club. Members of Empire City Casino’s Empire Club will receive personalized offers and perks at MGM Resorts’ world-class destinations, such as special room rates, complimentary show tickets and casino FREEPLAY®, while M life members will receive exclusive offers at Empire City Casino. As a result of the new partnership, each company’s reach now will extend into markets where they have not previously had a presence. Participating M life resorts are located in Las Vegas, Detroit and Mississippi.
06.09.2014 - Prominent Philanthropists Timothy J. Rooney, Len Elmore, & Francis Rooney Celebrated at CYO Club of Champions Tribute Held at The Waldorf-Astoria
His Excellency Timothy Michael Cardinal Dolan and Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York honored Timothy J. Rooney, Sr., president of Empire City Casino, Leonard J. Elmore, ESPN and CBS Broadcaster, and Francis S. Rooney, Chairman of H.H. Brown Shoe Co., Inc. at its CYO Club of Champions Tribute at The Waldorf-Astoria on Thursday, June 5. The CYO gala once again convened a dynamic group of nearly 500 New Yorkers from the worlds of business, philanthropy, culture, law, media, politics and religion who share a deep concern for youth and their healthy development and spiritual growth.
06.03.2014 - Empire City Casino Hosts the Timeless Comedy of Joey Kola on Wednesday, June 11
Brooklyn-born, Long Island-bred Joey Kola brings his timeless comedy to Empire City Casino (810 Yonkers Ave. Yonkers, NY 10704; 914-968-4200) when his laughfest hits the Good Time Room stage on Wednesday night, June 11. Accompanying Kola on the show will be featured comedian Grant Lyon, a west coast native who has performed across the country. The MC for the night will be Lance Weiss, a regular in the New York comedy scene. Doors will open at 7:00 pm and the show will begin at 8:00 pm. Admission is $5 for Empire Club members and $25 for all non-members. Elite Club members gain free admission to the show. All patrons will receive a free drink ticket.
05.30.2014 - Martinez vs. Cotto Middleweight Championship and California Chrome’s Triple Crown All Under One Roof at Empire City Casino
Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway is the place to be for fans wanting enjoy the New York sports spectacular on Saturday, June 7. There will be live broadcasts of California Chrome’s Triple Crown bid in the Belmont Stakes (post time 6:52 PM) throughout Yonkers Raceway’s simulcast locations. Following, the telecast of WBC Middleweight titlist Sergio Martinez vs. three-time champion Miguel Cotto in their World Middleweight Championship clash (9:00 PM) will be shown at Dan Rooney’s Sports Bar on over 40 HD TV screens. Fans can watch the exhilarating action from every angle.
05.13.2014 - Namesake Slots for Queen of Country, Dolly Parton, Unveiled at Empire City Casino
For those who didn’t get to see the worldwide phenom and Queen of Country, Dolly Parton, at her one and only New York performance in Rockefeller Center Tuesday morning or haven’t scored tickets to her international tour that launches May 22nd to promote her newest album “Blue Smoke”, your luck hasn’t run dry just yet. Empire City Casino announced the arrival of twenty-two Dolly Parton slot machines, along with some incredible promotions that allow gamers to win autographed photographs of country music’s wealthiest woman, up to $1,000 in a Hot Seat Cash Drawing, or a grand prize trip for two to Nashville and an autographed Dolly Parton Guitar, which is on display at Empire City Casino for viewing and photo opportunities.
05.05.2014 - Summer Returns to Empire City Casino with 3rd Annual Outdoor Concert Series
As the city continues to thaw out after a long winter, Empire City Casino prepares to turn up the heat with some of music’s biggest stars every Sunday all summer long! Concert goers will be treated to the incredible musical talents of the best country, pop, and rock artists spanning four decades of music, all part of Empire City Casino’s 2014 Summer Concert Series. For the third consecutive year, music fans of every kind will find a favorite performer in Empire City’s Outdoor Summer Concert Series lineup.
04.24.2014 - Military Veterans Join Racing Veterans at Yonkers Raceway
For the past 115 years, the historic track at Yonkers Raceway has been known across the country as the place to find the best in harness racing. It is home to veterans of all kinds: trainers, drivers, horses and many more behind the scenes. But this Saturday, the veteran contingent will grow at Yonkers Raceway, as military veterans step onto the track and take the reins as part of a HorseAbility for Heroes program. The special event is a culmination of efforts between Robbie Siegelman, a long-time New York-area horse trainer, HorseAbility of Old Westbury, NY, the Standardbred Owners Association of NY (SOANY) and Yonkers Raceway.
04.08.2014 - National Comedic Talent Brings the Laughs to Empire City Casino
April 8, 2014, Yonkers, NY— Unique, intellectual comedy will tickle the funny bone at Empire City Casino (810 Yonkers Avenue, Yonkers, NY 10704; 914-968-4200) when Bronx native Adrienne Iapalucci headlines the Good Time Room stage on Wednesday night, April 30. Iapalucci will be joined by featured artist, Joe Matarese, sharing his personal reflections. Rus Gutin, a regular in the New York City Club scene, will be the MC for the evening. Doors will open at 7:00 pm and the show will begin at 8:00 pm. Admission is $5 for Empire Club members and $25 for all non-members. Elite Club members gain free admission to the show. All patrons will receive a free drink ticket.
03.31.2014 - Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Mt. Vernon & New Rochelle Fighters Go Head-to-Head in Golden Gloves Championship Bouts
Six championship bouts – featuring both male and female amateurs, and a pair of Westchester fighters – will highlight the New York Daily News Golden Gloves at Empire City Casino on Wednesday night, April 2. It will be the fourth consecutive year that Empire City hosts the fabled amateur tournament on the casino’s fourth floor. In the 108-lb. male novice division, Amauri Berrero of Mt. Vernon, NY, will be fighting on his home turf when he squares off against New York City’s Giovanni Figueroa. New Rochelle’s Krystal Dixon headlines the 176-lb+ female division, taking on Danielle Perkins of Brooklyn. A pair of Bronx natives collide in the 108-lb. male open ranks when Ivan Lopez battles Chayanne Rivera. In the 119-lb female division, Joann Acevedo of the Bronx will be pitted against New York City’s Misato Kamegawa. Another pair of championship contests have yet to be announced.
03.25.2014 - Building a New Playground, One Laugh at a Time
Many schools have no playground facilities at all and little hope of getting one. School 9, a Yonkers elementary school for nearly 460 grade pre-K-9 students, has been no exception. The lack of outdoor play opportunities directly contributes to high rates of childhood obesity, diabetes, asthma and other health problems. But the 460 lucky students at Yonkers School 9 found some angels in a local community organization that is coming to their rescue. The Rotary Club of Yonkers-East Yonkers (“the Rotary”) is a small but determined group of civic-minded residents who are committed to building the students of School 9 a brand new playground by this summer. To do that, they need to raise a significant amount of money.
03.20.2014 - Fight Night at Empire City Casino, Wednesday, April 2nd 6:15pm
The iconic New York Daily News Golden Gloves returns to Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway for the fourth consecutive year on Wednesday night, April 2. There will be both championship bouts and semi-final contests on the card in the 2014 rendition of the fabled amateur boxing tournament which will be hosted on the casino’s fourth floor. There will be four Semi-Final bouts, two each in the 132-lb. Female division and 123-lb. Open, as well as at least three Championship contests. General Admission tickets are $25; Policemen, Firemen, senior citizens, students and children under 14 are $15 (with proper ID). For more information log onto www.nydailynews.com/GoldenGloves; or call Brian Adams at the Daily News at 212-210-1908 (email@example.com) or Empire City at 914-968-4200. Doors open at 6:15 PM and first bell is at 7:30 PM sharp. These in-demand tickets will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis only at the door on fight night. Tickets and seating are limited.
03.11.2014 - Tri-State Area Abuzz Over Legendary Irish Rockers ‘Black 47’ Concert at Empire City Casino this Sunday March 16th
After a quarter century, comprised of 14 album releases and 2500 shows, New York’s own, Black 47, are calling it quits. On November 8, the 25th anniversary of their first show in the Bronx, the celebrated Irish-American rock band will play one final gig before moving onto greener pastures. On Sunday, March 16, from 2:00-6:00pm the group will perform one of their final New York shows at Empire City Casino (Yonkers, NY) with fellow beloved New York City Irish band, Shilelagh Law, providing the opening performance. Fans from across the tri-state area will descend on Empire City to see the performance before Black 47 makes its scheduled St. Patrick’s Day appearance on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon in New York City on March 17th. The band will keep the St. Patrick’s Day party going with a performance that same night at BB King’s on 42nd Street where their show will be broadcast live by SiriusXM.
02.20.2014 - Race to the Slots, Ladies and Gentlemen Start Your Engines! Empire City Casino Adds Eight NASCAR Games
Empire City Casino is literally revving up its slot machines! Empire City announced today that it has added eight new Bally NASCAR games. The engine-blasters are located in the casino’s Grand Victorian Room. The games display NASCAR’s most prominent drivers and cars including Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Jimmy Johnson, Kevin Harvick, Jeff Gordon and Clint Bower. “We always seek to add fuel to the players’ experience at Empire City,” says Mike Palmieri, Vice President of Slot Operations. “We are sure that the NASCAR games additions will be well-received and add to the excitement of the Empire City slot experience.”
02.05.2014 - Irish Eyes Will Be Smilin’ – and Rockin’ – At Empire City Casino’s First-Ever Outdoor Irish Concert Featuring the Legendary Irish Band ‘Black 47’ and the Rousing ‘Shilelagh Law’
The “Luck of the Irish” will be musically profound at Empire City Casino (Yonkers, NY) with the announcement that Black 47 and Shilelagh Law, the exceedingly popular New York City-based Irish-American bands, will perform on Sunday, March 16, from 2:00-6:00pm in a pre-St. Patrick’s Day outdoor trackside concert (rain, snow or shine), as was announced today by casino President Timothy J. Rooney. ”After the success of our outdoor summer concert series, our customers continued to request an outdoor Irish concert,” said Rooney. “These bands are the best of their kind and have an incredible fan base. We’re very excited to welcome them here to Empire City Casino.”
01.20.2014 - Cutting Edge Technology, Expanded Gaming Amenities and Plenty of Perks Entice High-Limit Players to Empire City Casino
Empire City Casino, one of the largest casinos in the Northeast featuring 5,400 gaming seats, will expand their selection of the very popular, high-tech Interblock electronic table game units, allowing players additional options to play roulette, craps, baccarat, and sic bo. These games feature live roulette wheels, electro-mechanical dice and real cards, making them extremely similar to the live dealer versions of these popular table game themes. The digital betting formats allow players to play faster with up to 80 results per hour. “These games represent some of the most innovative technology in the gaming industry and generate nearly identical payout results for the player as the live dealer versions,” states Mike Palmieri, vice president of gaming operations at Empire City Casino.
01.16.2014 - Empire City Casino Goes All Out for BIG GAME Viewing on Sunday, February 2nd
Empire City Casino will be the place to be for your BIG GAME bash and a super time on Sunday, February 2. A wide variety of packages and places, including Dan Rooney’s Sports Pub, are in the football viewing party lineup. At Dan Rooney’s, over three dozen television screens will make sure that you won’t miss a second of the action no matter which way you turn. With 40 HDTVs, and great deals on food and drinks, Dan Rooney’s touchdown pass includes a $35 all you can eat and drink package for four hours 6-10pm. In addition, there are $20 all-you-can-eat (menu features chicken wings, sliders, turkey club sandwiches, nachos) and all-you-can-drink options. If you care about beer, have no fear, Pinch American Grill features 100 New York craft beers on tap, and for the very thirsty, there are pour-your-own tableside taps. Enjoy the Big Game in style with HDTV’s and the sumptuous Pinch menu featuring steaks and seafood.
01.14.2014 - Empire City Casino Captures Five Awards in Nationwide Contest to Find “The Best”
New York’s own, Empire City Casino, located at Yonkers Raceway in Westchester County, has walked away with five top honors in the nationwide contest for “Best Dining & Nightlife Awards” by Casino Player magazine. The recognition once again clearly illustrates Empire City’s status as a leading destination in America for gaming and entertainment.
12.12.2013 - California Company Brings Warmth to the Hearts of Hundreds of New York Families with Large Toy Donation to Empire City Casino’s 7th Annual Toy & Coat Drive
Empire City Casino teamed up with Catholic Charities for the for the seventh consecutive year to provide area families in need with a bit of warmth and some holiday cheer through the casino’s Annual “Christmas Spirit” Coat and Toy Drive. Timothy J. Rooney, President and CEO of Empire City Casino, presented the organization with hundreds of toys and coats. A fellow family-owned company, Jams, of Costa Mesa, California, delivered some west coast warmth through its generous donation of 500 new toys for New York children in need. Josh Blake of Jams joined Tim Rooney for the presentation, which was accepted by Monsignor Kevin Sullivan, Executive Director of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York, Karen Reynolds, Westchester & Putnam County Supervisor of Catholic Charities, along with Sister Christine Hennessey and Linda Cronston of Aisling Irish Community Center. The distribution team quickly went to work searching through hundreds of coats seeking out sizes for members of the families they knew were without warm coats this winter.
12.02.2013 - Comedy Genius Johnny Lampert Turns Ho!Ho!Ho! Into Ha!Ha!Ha! at Empire City Casino Holiday Laughfest Wednesday, December 18th
Laughs will be gift-wrapped in time for the holidays with Johnny Lampert delivering the one-liners at Empire City Casino’s (810 Yonkers Avenue, Yonkers, NY 10704; 914-968-4200) Comedy night on Wednesday, December 18; doors open at 7:00 pm; show starts at 8:00 pm; the MC is Mike Citera and Michael Speirs is the featured performer; admission $5 for Empire Club members; $15 for non members; free drink ticket for all patrons. Headliner Johnny Lampert is one of the premier comedians in the country, and a regular at New York City’s and Los Angeles’ best comedy clubs including The Gotham Comedy Club, The Comic Strip, Caroline’s Comedy Club and The Improv.
11.25.2013 - 7th Annual Toy & Coat Drive Kicks Off to Help Families in Need
For the seventh consecutive year, Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway and Catholic Charities will team up to make the holiday season a little warmer and a little brighter for families in need. Empire City will host the 17-day “Christmas Spirit Toy and Coat Drive” from Friday, November 22 through Sunday, December 8. Empire City will be accepting the donations every day throughout the drive at promotions booth. Patrons are asked to bring new, unwrapped toys and/or new or gently used coats anytime during that period. The items will be presented to Catholic Charities and their supported agencies for the Christmas holidays.
11.04.2013 - Empire City Casino Participates in Restaurant Week for the First Time, Highlighting its Newest Restaurants
Empire City Casino’s two new, award-winning restaurants – pinch American Grill and Dan Rooney’s Sports Bar – will be first time participants in Hudson Valley Restaurant Week from November 4-17. The increasingly popular duo will each offer $29.95 three-course dinner menus during the celebration. In addition, Dan Rooney’s will have a $19.95 three course lunch menu available. The two new restaurants encompass a large portion of the additional 66,000 square foot $50 million expansion recently completed at Empire City Casino. The innovative casual grill, pinch American Grill is a collaboration between Developer Mark Advent, the creator of Las Vegas’ highly successful New York New York Hotel and Casino, and Ducasse Studio, the culinary consulting arm of Alain Ducasse Enterprise. Dan Rooney’s Sports Pub is a fun take on the classic sports pub.
10.29.2013 - Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway Hosts Walk to Cure Diabetes; Vice President and COO Bob Galterio Captains “Cure For Cara” Team
Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway Vice President and COO Bob Galterio’s daughter Cara was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age 9, and the Bedford resident immediately was compelled to take action to fight the disease. So, “Cure for Cara” was born. That was 13 years ago, and on Sunday, October 6, more than 2,500 Empire City employees, volunteers and participants gathered at Empire City at Yonkers Raceway to take action in the Walk to Cure Diabetes for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Galterio served as captain of the “Cure for Cara” team.
10.18.2013 - In A Political Battle Unlike Any Other… Incumbent Champions, Legislative Veterans and Rookie’s Face Off in a Challenge Outside of Albany
Typically these state legislators are squaring off in the legislative chambers in the State Capitol but this Saturday, they’ll lay down their pens and pick up the reins to show their support of the agricultural and racing industry in New York State. As part of the annual Fall Harvest Festival being held at Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway (“Empire City”) on October 19th, eleven members of the State Assembly and Senate will compete in the Legislative Pace, consisting of non-wagering harness races, with some help from professional harness drivers. Post time is 5:10pm.
10.15.2013 - Empire City Casino Celebrates Completion of $50 Million Expansion with World Class Collaborators
The tri-state has been brewing with excitement over the completion of a $50 Million expansion at Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway. The expansion includes two new restaurants, along with a craft cocktail lounge featuring retro bowling lanes, 30,000 square feet of new gaming space and an expansive new casino entrance. “The talent that brought this project to fruition is world-renowned,” said Timothy Rooney, President and CEO of Empire City Casino. “We are proud of our success to date and will work to ensure that Empire City continues its development as a premier entertainment destination.” Designed by STUDIO V of New York City, the new architecture of Empire City is a drastic departure from ordinary casino design. A dramatic curved facade features over 45 feet of frameless low iron glass in a 300-foot arc that creates a backdrop to the entry canopy and a window onto the interior of the casino. This jaw-dropping display is the largest structure of its kind in North America. LPCiminelli of Buffalo served as the general contracting firm on the entire $50 Million project.
09.23.2013 - “Sweet 16” Announced for “Lucky Break” Semi-Finals
– It’s down to the sweet sixteen! Empire City Casino’s popular singing competition show, “Lucky Break” has just reached the top 16 finalists. Empire City Casino urges fans to root for their favorite performer as they compete for the grand prize of $25,000 and a trip to Los Angeles, California to meet with multiple record producing executives. Hosted by Empire City’s Clare Galterio and KTU’s radio personality Mike Ryan, “Lucky Break,” films in front of a live audience every Tuesday night at 7:30 PM in the Entertainment Lounge at Empire City Casino. Contestants perform their favorite songs every week in front of a rotating panel of judges, showcasing their singing talent week after week. Starting from auditions in April, our top 16 have come a long way!
09.12.2013 - Elected Officials & Empire City Casino Join Forces with New York Blood Center to Replenish Region’s Critically Low Blood Levels
New York Blood Center (NYBC) recently reported that it has less than a one-day supply of O-negative “universal donor” blood, less than a three-day supply of B-negative, and less than a five-day inventory of A-negative blood, and very limited supplies of all other blood types. To help replenish the region’s supply, area elected officials have joined forces with Empire City Casino to hold a blood drive on September 18, 2013 from 2:00pm to 8:00pm in the Good Time Room on the third floor of Empire City located at 810 Yonkers Avenue in Yonkers. Summer is traditionally a critical time for blood supplies but this year levels are especially low and each donation made has the potential to affect the lives of three patients in need. New York State Senators Andrea Stewart-Cousins and George Latimer, along with Assembly Members J. Gary Pretlow and Shelley Mayer, are co-hosting the blood drive and urging their constituencies to participate.
09.09.2013 - Dan Rooney’s Sports Bar at Empire City Casino Wins Best Live Music Award and Announces Expansion of Entertainment Program
Dan Rooney’s Sports Bar at Empire City Casino was presented with the 2013 Best Live Music Award at a recent reception held by the Yonkers Chamber of Commerce. The restaurant opened in March as part of Empire City Casino’s $50 million expansion and has quickly become a favorite among diners, not only for its award winning cuisine – the Dan Rooney’s Burger was the pick of famed chef panelists at last year’s Greenwich Food & Wine Festival Burger Bash – but also for its unique live entertainment.
08.30.2013 - One Thousand Backpacks Donated To Yonkers Students
Yonkers’ largest private employer, Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway (“Empire City”), continues to play a significant role in ensuring students get the education they deserve and are prepared for the start of the new school year. Empire City delivered 1,000 backpacks to City Hall today as part of Mayor Michael Spano’s Backpack to School drive. It’s the second year the casino has been a major contributor to the program. “It’s essential that students have the tools they need when they enter the classroom,” said Timothy J. Rooney, Jr., general counsel at Empire City. “We’re proud of the significant funding we generate for education across the state and wanted to make sure that Yonkers students start the year with new backpacks.”
08.07.2013 - Come on Down! Contestant Search for “The Price is Right” to be Held at Empire City Casino
New York, August 7, 2013 – “Come on Down!” will be the call to post at Empire City Casino on Tuesday, August 20, as contestants have a chance to take the first step to compete and win big on “The Price Is Right,” when the iconic CBS television game show comes to another home for big winners from noon to 3 p.m. Fans and applicants alike are welcome to enter at Empire City starting at midday when “The Price Is Right” Contestant Search returns to Yonkers. Applicants will have the opportunity to explain why they want to be a contestant on “The Price Is Right,” and two lucky winners from the New York Contestant Search will be flown to Los Angeles to see the show and have a chance to be called as a contestant on “The Price is Right!”
08.07.2013 - Come on Down! Contestant Search for “The Price is Right” to be Held at Empire City Casino
New York, August 7, 2013 – “Come on Down!” will be the call to post at Empire City Casino on Tuesday, August 20, as contestants have a chance to take the first step to compete and win big on “The Price Is Right,” when the iconic CBS television game show comes to another home for big winners from noon to 3 p.m. Fans and applicants alike are welcome to enter at Empire City starting at midday when “The Price Is Right” Contestant Search returns to Yonkers. Applicants will have the opportunity to explain why they want to be a contestant on “The Price Is Right,” and two lucky winners from the New York Contestant Search will be flown to Los Angeles to see the show and have a chance to be called as a contestant on “The Price is Right!”
08.05.2013 - Gregg Rogell And Kevin Downey Jr. Headline Comedy Nights at Empire City Casino in August
YONKERS, N.Y., August 5, 2013 – Funnymen Gregg Rogell (August 14) and Kevin Downey Jr. (August 28), seen on such notable outlets as Comedy Central, NBC and VH1, keep the laughs coming as Empire City Casino’s popular Wednesday Comedy Nights series continues in August. Hosted in the Good Time Room, doors open at 7:00 p.m. each night, with the show beginning at 8:00 p.m. Admission is $5 for Empire Club members, $15 for non-members, and Elite members are free. All attendees also receive a free drink ticket. Born in Long Island, Rogell quickly rose through the club ranks and established himself as one of the top working stand ups in the country. Within a year of his debut, Rogell won “The funniest person in Long Island” contest, as well as the WKGR South Florida Laugh Off. Within three years, his list of television credits included Caroline’s Comedy Hour, The MTV Half Hour Comedy Hour, VH1 Stand Up Spotlight, E! Stand Up Sit Down with Robert Klein, and many others. He has since made several appearances on The Tonight Show, and Late Night with Conan O’Brien. Gregg performs regularly at all the New York City comedy clubs and tours nationally as a headliner at clubs, colleges, corporate and charity events. He also performs in Europe, where he has appeared on several popular television programs. He recently completed a documentary with the BBC in association with Comedy Central, and in 2005 was one of the featured performers in the critically acclaimed film “The Aristocrats.”
07.30.2013 - REO Speedwagon Added to Empire City Casino Summer Concert Series on Sunday, August 25
Ultimate classic rock will make its way to Yonkers at the Empire City Casino Summer Concert Series with the announcement that the iconic band REO Speedwagon has been added to the lineup on Sunday night, August 25. Ticket prices start at $15.00 and can be purchased at www.empirecitycasino.com or by calling eTIX at 1-800-514-3849. Thrilling rockers for four decades, when its “Hi Infidelity” album reached no. 1 status in 1980, REO Speedwagon’s timeless hits include: “Keep on Lovin’ You,” “Riding the Storm,” “Can’t Fight this Feeling,” “Roll with the Changes,” and “Time for Me to Fly,” filling arenas through the land.
07.22.2013 - Foodies & Sports Fans Delight in the Opening of Dan Rooney’s at Empire City Casino
Dan Rooney’s, a brand new sports bar and restaurant, has opened at Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway. With the atmosphere of a high-energy sports bar, flavors of an Irish pub, menu designed by two Michelin star Chef Chris Lee, and dueling pianos for evening entertainment, Dan Rooney’s is quickly becoming everyone’s favorite place to be. While the Rooney Family has owned and operated pubs for generations, Dan Rooney’s has historic roots that run deep for the family. The new sports pub is a replica of the first business owned by Dan Rooney, grandfather of Empire City Casino president & CEO Timothy Rooney, which opened in Pittsburgh in the early 20th century.
07.17.2013 - Casting Call at Empire City Casino
July 17, 2013 (Yonkers, New York) – Empire City Casino will host an on-site casting call for experienced candidates to fill nearly 50 open positions within the casino on Thursday, July 18, 2013 from 4:00p.m. to 7:00p.m. in the Good Time Room on the third floor of the casino located at 810 Yonkers Avenue. Available positions include bartenders, servers, cooks, steward supervisors, floor supervisors, valet attendant and cage cashier.
07.01.2013 - ASTORINO ANNOUNCES GROWTH AND INVESTMENT IN TOURISM INDUSTRY
Tourism is up again in Westchester County – something that County Executive Robert P. Astorino says is good for the county, its taxpayers and its businesses. At a press conference today at the newly renovated Renaissance Westchester Hotel in White Plains, he reported that tourism in Westchester generated $1.68 billion in 2012, an increase of $26 million over 2011. Visitor spending also produced $108 million in local taxes and supported 23,064 jobs in Westchester last year. “We are pleased to say that the tourism industry in Westchester County is thriving and growing,” Astorino said. “We have growth in recreation, food and beverage, lodging and transportation, as well as new developments. By building on the momentum of our Meet Me in Westchester branding campaign, we have significantly increased awareness of what the county has to offer visitors and residents.”
06.28.2013 - PINCH OPENS AT EMPIRE CITY CASINO AT YONKERS RACEWAY
Developer Mark Advent, in collaboration with Ducasse Studio (DS), announces the opening of pinch, named after the cooking vernacular, at Empire City Casino (810 Yonkers Avenue) in Westchester County, New York. Key design and architectural direction on the project include the firm of Roman and Williams, interior designers of the Ace and Standard hotels in New York City, and Richard H. Lewis Architect project architects for Balthazar and Minetta Tavern in New York. The nostalgic interior design was inspired by 1950s classic vintage diners and the 1955 Bisiluro Damolnar Le Mans race car. The “diner-like” convivial 245-seat, premium casual restaurant is open for lunch and dinner daily.
06.19.2013 - POWER 105.1 FM RADIO’S “BREAKFAST CLUB” AT EMPIRE CITY CASINO ON FRIDAY NIGHT, JUNE 21
Breakfast… at night? Why not? We’ve all had our share of late night snacks and early morning eggs at the diner after the big night out. Power 105.1 FM Radio’s “Breakfast Club” and Empire City Casino will take the breakfast experience to another level on Friday night, June 21. The hoopla will all take place at Alley 810, the casino’s all new ultra lounge featuring bowling lanes, live entertainment/music and a new twist on classic cocktails.
06.11.2013 - “Let Luck Be A Lady Tonight”: Trio of Ladies Hit $100,000+ Jackpots at Empire City Casino
“Let Luck be a lady tonight; never let her out of your sight,” crooned Frank Sinatra in one of his hit classics. And June has slot-players at Empire City Casino singing that happy tune with a trio of lucky ladies hitting jackpots worth $100,000 and up.
06.07.2013 - Empire City Casino 2013 Summer Concert Series Press Credential Information
Requests for press credentials to any of the Empire City Casino 2013 Summer Concert Series performances must be requested via email to either of the above contacts or via fax to (914) 457-2578 no later than 3:00pm on the Friday prior to the requested scheduled performance. Press credential requests must: 1. Include the number of press credentials needed; 2. Be sent from an official media outlet email account or be faxed on media outlet letterhead with the signature of the requestor; 3. Include name, title, day & weekend phone number of the person making the credentials request; 4. Include names of all working media personnel who will receive the credentials, i.e. reporters & photographers, not general office staff; 5. Specify whether personal one-on-one interview with band is preferred (not all interview requests can be fulfilled).
06.06.2013 - New York State Education Hits Another Jackpot in May
Empire City Casino continues to be a reliable source of funding for education, generating more than $25 million for education for the month of May, an increase of 10 percent over the prior year. Since January 2013, Empire City has generated a staggering $122 Million for education in only five months, representing a full third of education dollars generated by all nine racetrack casinos in the state. Since opening in October 2006, New York State schools have directly received nearly $1.8 billion through Empire City Casino.
05.29.2013 - 103.5 KTU’s ‘Queen of Freesytle’ Judy Torres To Perform Live At Empire City Casino June 7
Popular 103.5 KTU DJ Judy Torres, known to millions of listeners as the “Queen of Freestyle,” will sing and meet fans at Empire City Casino on Friday, June 7, beginning at 8 p.m. Torres’ upbeat style will keep the dance floor humming as she performs live at an intimate engagement in the Entertainment Lounge. The Bronx-born Torres, whose show airs Sundays from 3-8 p.m. on 103.5 KTU, has recorded hits such as Back in Your Arms Again, Faithfully and The Air I Breathe.
05.29.2013 - Wednesday Comedy Nights Heat Up at Empire City Casino in June Headlined by John Mulrooney, Yannis Pappas, Jessica Kirson, and Ari Shaffir
Wednesday Comedy Nights heat up at Empire City Casino in June with headliners John Mulrooney (June 5), Yannis Pappas (June 12), Jessica Kirson (June 19), and Ari Shaffir (June 26). These comics have been seen on popular networks such as VH1, BET, Showtime, and Comedy Central. Hosted in the Good Time Room, the doors open at 7:00 p.m. each night, with the show beginning at 8:00 p.m. Admission is $5 for Empire Club members, $15 for non-members, and Elite members are free. All attendees also receive a free drink ticket.
05.24.2013 - 紐約皇都娛樂賭場贊助的台灣巡禮戶外嘉年華活動將於五月二十六日在紐約曼哈頓14街聯合廣場（Union Square)舉行
紐約，五月二十二日。在紐約市的皇都娛樂賭場為了慶祝台美傳統週（Taiwanese American heritage Week)而贊助的全美最大型的台灣活動台灣巡禮戶外嘉年華(Passport to Taiwan)將於五月二十六日的下午12點至五點在人潮聚集的紐約市中心聯合廣場北側舉行慶祝活動，屆時觀光者可以有機會在皇都娛樂賭場的贊助台領取到紀念品和抽取到皇都娛樂賭場捐獻給本次活動的晚餐禮券。
05.14.2013 - Much-Anticipated Outdoor Summer Concert Series Lineup Announced by Empire City Casino
Get ready to party with some of music’s biggest stars every Sunday this summer at Empire City Casino! Empire City Casino announces its sizzling 2013 Summer Concert Series lineup which includes an exciting mix of musical talent. Music fans of every kind will find a favorite performer in this year’s lineup which includes musical legends KC & the Sunshine Band, Blues Traveler, LeAnn Rimes, Gavin DeGraw, Smokey Robinson and more! It all kicks off Sunday, June 16th with KC & the Sunshine Band, the disco kings who have been bringing people to their feet for four decades and whose famous hits like “Get Down Tonight”, “That’s The Way (I Like It)” and “(Shake, Shake, Shake) Shake Your Booty” continue to sell, and sell well.
05.07.2013 - Wounded Warriors of Iraq and Afghanistan Wars Receive “Empire” Welcome for NYC Visit
The Rooney Family, owners of one of the most successful casinos and harness racetracks in the nation, Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway, will host a group of wounded warriors who have served in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, along with family members of the troops, to a lunch at actor Robert De Niro’s famed Tribeca Grill. This lunch is the third that the Rooney’s and Empire City Casino have hosted for wounded military members in conjunction with a trip that is organized by the Baltimore Police to bring veterans currently residing at Walter Reed Medical Center to New York City for a well-deserved outing.
05.06.2013 - Where Can You Get a 2013 Audi A5 Coupe for $2.50?
In the market for a new car? You might want to head over to Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway to try your luck on the Bally’s Power Strike slots. The jackpot is a 2013 Audi A5 Coupe. That’s what Hackensack native Dorothy Chisholm did on Sunday, May 5, 2013. Chisholm hit the jackpot when she made the max bet, a mere $2.50, and instantly won the top prize at the Bally’s car bank, a brand new Audi A5 Coupe, valued at a whopping $44,000.
05.01.2013 - Empire City Casino Tips its Hat to Kentucky Derby Day on Saturday, May 4 with a Trio of “Run for the Roses” Promotions
Thoroughbred racing aficionados should run to Empire City Casino and Yonkers Raceway for the Kentucky Derby on Saturday, May 4. A pair of special promotions have the central theme of the fabled “Run for the Roses,” known as the most exciting two minutes in sports. Free Kentucky Derby Exacta Box: Beginning at 4:00 PM, the first 500 Empire City Club Members to visit the Gotham Palace Promotions Booth will receive one 2-horse, $2 exacta box ticket (total value $4 wager) for the Kentucky Derby. There is a limit of one ticket per Empire Club Member, while supplies last.
04.30.2013 - New Report: Empire City A $448 Million Economic Winner for State in 2012
Empire City Casino produced nearly a half billion dollars in economic activity and $374 million in revenue for state and local governments in 2012 while supporting nearly 4,000 jobs locally and across the state, according to a new report released yesterday. The report by the New York Gaming Association (NYGA) highlights the Yonkers facility as one of the most successful racetracks and casinos in the country attracting more than 8 million visitors last year. The casino, which is nearing completion of a $50 million expansion, expects bigger and better things for its patrons and supporters in 2013. “We’re proud to do our part as an employer and economic asset to our community, state and region and we especially appreciate the loyal support of our patrons,” said Timothy J. Rooney, Jr., General Counsel at Empire City. “We’re also very excited by the new dining and other offerings that will be available in the coming months to enhance our racing and gaming opportunities and attract even more visitors to our facility.”
04.17.2013 - ENTHUSIASTICALLY HELPING THE FOOD BANK FOR WESTCHESTER
If you had “3,922” in the office pool, you win. That’s because “3,922” represented the number of one-pound bags of rice–long grain and enriched, to be precise–that were scooped, weighed, twist-tied and labeled Tuesday afternoon when volunteers from Yonkers Raceway, its driving colony, Empire City and the Standardbred Owners of New York assisted the Food Bank for Westchester. It was the second visit by the Raceway Gang to the mammoth warehouse in Elmsford, located about 20 minutes north of Yonkers. Dozens of participants, including leading drivers Jason Bartlett, Brent Holland, Mark MacDonald, Larry Stalbaum and Jordan Stratton, were adorned in get-to-work chic, complete with aprons, hair nets and gloves.
04.15.2013 - EMPIRE CITY/YONKERS RACEWAY, LEADING DRIVERS AND SOA OF NEW YORK TO ASSIST FOOD BANK FOR WESTCHESTER
An eager contingent of volunteers from Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway, its driving colony, and the Standardbred Owners of New York are once again lending a hand to assist the Food Bank for Westchester. Dozens of participants, including leading drivers Jason Bartlett, Brent Holland, Mark MacDonald and Jordan Stratton, are among those lined up and ready to weigh, sort and pack Tuesday (Apr. 16) afternoon at Food Bank’s warehouse in Elmsford, located about 20 minutes north of Yonkers. The event, which includes a tour of the huge operation, is scheduled from 1-3 PM. The fruits of all this labor are eventually seen countywide, as the Food Bank continues to reach out to the neediest in its area.
04.09.2013 - New York Lottery Introduces Winners of Two $1,000,000 Prizes in Westchester County
The New York Lottery‟s Yolanda Vega today presented over-sized prize checks worth $2,000,000 to Lottery winners who purchased their tickets in Westchester County. Six long-time coworkers at Yonkers‟ Micromold Engineered Plastics collectively won $1,000,000 from the March 23, 2013 Powerball drawing, and Christine Hinspeter of Stamford, Connecticut purchased a jackpot-winning 20X The Bucks scratch-off game in New Rochelle. The ceremonial check presentations took place at Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway.
04.04.2013 - Empire City Casino Gets the Last Laugh Acclaimed Comedians Sherrod Small, Robert Kelly & Johnny Lampert Headline
Empire City Casino will surely get the last laugh this month with a comedy lineup that rivals those typically seen in comedy clubs in New York City and Los Angeles. As Empire City Casino’s weekly Wednesday Comedy Night becomes the ‘must do’ mid-week entertainment hot spot, comedians are traveling from around the country to take the stage. Headliners include Sherrod Small (April 10), Robert Kelly (April 17), and Johnny Lampert (April 24). This month’s comics have been seen on such TV programs as VH1’s “Best Week Ever” (Small), “Comedy Central Presents” (Kelly), and “HBO Comedy Showcase” (Lampert). Hosted in the Good Time Room, the doors open at 7:00 p.m. each night, with the show beginning at 8:00 p.m. Admission is $5 for Empire Club members, $15 for non-members, and Elite members are free. All attendees also receive a free drink ticket.
04.01.2013 - HISTORIC NEW YORK DAILY NEWS GOLDEN GLOVES AT EMPIRE CITY CASINO WEDNESDAY NIGHT, APRIL 3rd
The iconic New York Daily News Golden Gloves returns to Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway for the third consecutive year on Wednesday night, April 3, 2013. There will be four championship bouts and six semi-finals contested in the 2013 rendition of the fabled amateur boxing tournament which will be hosted on the Casino’s fourth floor. General Admission tickets are $25; Policemen, Firemen, senior citizens, students and children under 14 are $15 (with proper ID). For more information log onto www.nydailynews.com/Golden Gloves; or call Brian Adams at the Daily News at 212-210-1908 (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Empire City at 914-968-4200. Doors open at 6:15 PM and first bell is at 7:30 PM sharp. These in-demand tickets will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis only at the door on fight night. Tickets and seating are limited.
02.18.2013 - Wednesday Comedy Nights Continue in March Headlined by Joe Matarese, RC Smith, Eddie Brill, and Andy Hendrickson
March will roar in with a laugh at Empire City Casino with four comedy nights scheduled on Wednesdays March 6, 13, 20, and 27. The March headliners are Joe Matarese (March 6), RC Smith (March 13), Eddie Brill (March 20), and Andy Hendrickson (March 27). These funnymen have been seen on such television programs such Chelsea Lately (Matarese), ABC’s The Chew (Smith), FX’s Louie (Brill), and NBC’s 30 Rock (Hendrickson). Hosted in the Good Time Room, the doors open at 7:00 p.m., and the show gets underway at 8:00 p.m. Admission is $5 for Empire Club members, $15 for non-members, and Elite members are admitted free. All attendees also receive a free drink ticket.
02.08.2013 - Empire City Casino Celebrates the Chinese Year 4711
Many will find their way to Empire City Casino to celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year of 2013. Whether you’re a gamer, a food connoisseur, a music groupie or horse lover, Empire City Casino has something for everybody. Gamers delight in trying their luck on more than 5,300 slot machines, electronic sic bo, baccarat, craps, and roulette games. The nearly 100-acre property offers live musical entertainment six days a week, Wednesday night comedy shows, and year-round harness racing on the historic Yonkers Raceway track. A $50 million, 66,000 square-foot casino expansion has just opened and includes a new casino entrance featuring a high- tech porte-cochère and 300-foot curved glass wall, a 30,000 square-foot modern gaming floor crowned by a contemporary art piece featuring the NYC skyline crafted of nails that is an expansive 325 feet long and 27 feet high, and two new restaurants – Dan Rooney’s Cafe & Bar and Pinch, which will be completed by early spring.
01.31.2013 - Members of Media Get Tour of Empire City Casino’s $50 Million Expansion
Members of the media received a personalized tour of the long-awaited 66,000 square foot expansion at Empire City Casino on Thursday. Timothy J. Rooney, Jr., General Counsel at Empire City hosted the tour of the expansion highlighting the iconic new casino entrance featuring a porte-cochere sculptural covered entrance, the largest ‘window’ in the Northeast, a 300 foot long and 27 foot high depiction of the New York City skyline made entirely of nails, a new gaming floor with nearly 700 slot machines, and a sneak peak of two soon-to-be-completed new restaurants.
12.10.2012 - Catholic Charities Receives Toys & Coats and Half Million Dollar Donation from Empire City Casino to Provide Assistance to New Yorkers Devastated by Storm
December 10, 2012 – Christmas came early for Catholic Charities when they received gifts that will help them not only ensure that New Yorkers in need have a warm coat this winter and a toy or two under the Christmas tree for their children, but will also allow the organization to continue to provide vital services to New York families devastated by Hurricane Sandy. Timothy J. Rooney, President and CEO of Empire City Casino, made a generous donation of $500,000 to the Catholic Charities Hurricane Sandy Relief and Recovery Fund and also presented the organization with hundreds of toys and coats collected through Empire City Casino’s Annual “Christmas Spirit” Toy and Coat Drive.
12.07.2012 - EMPIRE CITY TOY AND COAT DRIVE DONATION MONDAY, DECEMBER 10
Empire City Casino President & CEO, Timothy J. Rooney, will present over 1,000 toys and coats collected in the casino’s most successful Annual “Christmas Spirit” Toy and Coat Drive to date, to Catholic Charities on Monday, December 10, at 11:00 a.m. Donations will be accepted by Monsignor Kevin Sullivan, Executive Director of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York, as well as Catholic Charities representatives from New York City, Westchester and Putnam counties.
12.05.2012 - Catholic Charities Receives Half Million Dollar Donation from Empire City Casino to Provide Assistance to New Yorkers Devastated by Storm
Catholic Charities received an early Christmas gift that will help them continue to provide vital services to New York families devastated by Hurricane Sandy. Timothy J. Rooney, President and CEO of Empire City Casino, contacted Monsignor Kevin Sullivan, Executive Director of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York, to commend the organization for all they are doing and offer a donation of $500,000 to the Catholic Charities Hurricane Sandy Relief and Recovery Fund to ensure that more families receive the help they need. The funds will be directed to New Yorkers recovering in all five boroughs, as well as Westchester. “We are grateful for Empire City Casino’s generosity,” stated Monsignor Kevin Sullivan. “This donation has enabled Catholic Charities to respond early, but will also help our commitment to assist in meeting long-term needs.” Since Sandy hit, Catholic Charities has been responding to the needs of those impacted by the hurricane’s devastation. In hard-hit neighborhoods, mobile food pantries were deployed, crucial supplies needed by survivors were delivered, and hundreds of volunteers were coordinated to help with clean-up efforts.
12.04.2012 - EMPIRE CITY CASINO TO LIGHT UP YONKERS SKIES WITH HOLIDAY TREE LIGHTING
Empire City Casino and the Rooney Family will get into the holiday spirit early when it hosts its first-ever Christmas Tree Lighting on Saturday, December 8, with the festivities beginning at 5:30 PM in front of the casino’s Main Entrance (Grand Victorian Hall) off of Central Park Avenue (at the General Parking Entrance). It will be a holiday family affair with Free Admission for children and adults alike, and will feature Carolers, complimentary hot chocolate, apple cider, cookies, and nuts for all. The carolers’ serenade of songs will begin at 6:00 PM; an appearance by special guests, none other than Santa and Mrs. Claus is slated for 6:55 PM with a reading of “’Twas the Night Before Christmas”; and the official tree lighting will proceed promptly at 7:00 PM.
11.29.2012 - SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN THROUGHOUT THE MONTH OF DECEMBER AT EMPIRE CITY CASINO
December ‘Tis the Season to be Jolly at Empire City Casino with a windfall of promotions and giveaways which will have slot players singing Santa Claus is Coming to Town. Wednesday, December 12, will feature the “Lucky 12-12-12 Keychain Giveaway,” when the first 5,000 Empire Club members who report to the promotions kiosk receive a coupon for the gift (redeemable at the promotions table in the Entertainment Lounge). Members who earn 12 points are also eligible for $12 in free play. Oleg Cassini crystal ornaments are in store on December’s four Free Gift Fridays – December 7, 14, 21 and 28, with a present to decorate the tree for the first 7,000 Empire Club Members to earn points from 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM. The Cassini casino-themed ornaments include: Dice, Roulette wheels, the Queen of Hearts card and Moons. If you want to go “Ice Fishing” at Empire City, circle three Mondays – December 3, 10 and 17 – on your holiday calendar. Empire Club Members can swipe their club card at any promotions kiosk to win free play on those dates. More holiday magic is in store on Thursdays in December when the first 3,000 Empire Club Members to visit the Gotham Palace Promotions Booth will receive a free $5 New York Lottery Holiday Magic scratch off. From now until Friday, December 9, it’s time to bring the gifts – for those less fortunate – with the annual Charity Coat & Toy Drive. Visit the Gotham Palace promotions booth to donate a new, unwrapped toy, or a gently used or new coat. All proceeds will be donated to Catholic Charities.
11.21.2012 - Empire City Casino Doubles Down on Efforts to Help New York Rebuild
As New York embarks on a massive rebuilding effort after the devastating impact of Hurricane Sandy, Tim Rooney, President and CEO of Empire City Casino has pledged to match up to $100,000 of contributions made by employees and customers to the Empire State Relief Fund announced by Governor Cuomo, to supplement the $500,000 the Casino has already contributed towards relief efforts. “There are no greater deeds than charity and service,” said Rooney. “I felt it was imperative to make this pledge to highlight that no effort is too small. The devastation New Yorkers suffered from this storm is unspeakable,” Rooney continued. “Whether you donate $2 or $2,000, it will make a difference. By matching those funds dollar for dollar, our employees and customers will know that their generosity can go a long way in this effort.” “As our state recovers from the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy, time and time again the generous spirit of New Yorkers is on full display with organizations, businesses, and individuals stepping up to the plate to help those in need,” Governor Cuomo said. “With this donation, on top of what has already been pledged, Tim Rooney and the employees of Empire City Casino are once again pitching-in in a big way to support our ongoing relief and recovery efforts, and help those hit hard by Hurricane Sandy begin to rebuild their lives.”
11.08.2012 - EMPIRE CITY CASINO OFFERS FREE BUFFET TO VETERANS ON NOVEMBER 11
New Yorkers know about giving back – and giving each other a helping hand. That’s never been more evident than in the past week. Empire City Casino has been proud to do its part, and a few November activities and promotions take it a step further. On Sunday, November 11, Empire City will celebrate Veterans Day with a free lunch buffet for all veterans in the Good Time Room from 11 am-1:30 pm. Non-veterans will be charged $11 plus tax & gratuity, and proper ID is required. The Annual Charity Coat & Toy Drive begins on Friday, November 23, continuing through Sunday, December 9. Visit the Gotham Palace promotions booth to donate a gently used or new toy or coat. All proceeds will be donated to Catholic charities. Empire Club members will get the chance to literally “shop right,” as existing members will receive $10 ShopRite® gift cards by visiting the promotions booth on either November 8 or 15. New Empire Club members will receive $5 gift cards by visiting the promotions booth the day they sign up. One gift card available per Empire Club member while supplies last. A Great Grocery Giveaway also takes place on the aforementioned dates, as each date presents Empire Club Members the opportunity to be called every 15 minutes to win a $100 ShopRite® Supermarket Gift card. Empire Club Members must be playing any slot machine with their Empire Club Card inserted at the time of the drawing for a chance to win.
11.05.2012 - Empire City Casino to Serve as Collection Site for Donations to Benefit Hurricane Victims
Empire City Casino will serve as a collection site for donated items for victims of Hurricane Sandy. Donations will be accepted at the main Promotions Booth in the casino on Saturday, Sunday and Monday, November 3rd through 5th. Empire City is collaborating with Mayor Mike Spano of the City of Yonkers and the Aisling Irish Community Center to collect items and deliver them to the hurricane victims. Requested items include bottled water, non-perishable food items, pet food, new clothing for infants, children and adults, gently used jackets and coats, blankets, new or gently used towels, toiletries, baby diapers of all sizes, socks, black garbage bags, and new or gently used gloves
11.01.2012 - Connecticut Residents Win Big with New Bus Service to Empire City Casino
Connecticut residents have really come to enjoy the close proximity of Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway. The young and young-at-heart head south to get their fill of entertainment. Connecticut gamers try their luck at one of the 5,300 slot machines or the electronic roulette, craps, baccarat and sic bo table games. Horse racing fans make their picks year-round at the most successful harness racing track in the state. Those looking to shake loose after a hard day’s work come to enjoy a great meal and some live entertainment, taking in everything from karaoke, comedy, party bands and dancing the night away. With all this happening under one roof, it’s hard to stay away from Empire City Casino.
10.19.2012 - ‘Yankee Miracles’ Author Ray Negron To Sign At Empire City Casino Nov. 5
In 1973, young Ray Negron’s life changed forever when, while spray painting graffiti on the outside of Yankee Stadium, he was caught by none other than Principal Owner George Steinbrenner. Rather than turn in the 18-year-old Queens youth to police, the Boss gave Ray a job as Yankees batboy, to pay off the cost of the damages. Given the second chance, Negron thrived. Now he tells his amazing story, which includes close friendships with some of the game’s greatest stars and personalities (Reggie Jackson, Thurman Munson and Billy Martin, to name a few) as well as a career as a community leader and Yankees advisor, in his new book Yankee Miracles, which recently reached the top spot for both new biographies and baseball books on the Amazon.com list.
10.12.2012 - Celebrity Judges Name Dan Rooney’s Cafe & Bar Champion of Food Festival Burger Battle
Top culinary talent faced off in a battle of the burgers at the annual 2012 Greenwich Food & Wine Festival hosted by Serendipity Magazine. The first-ever Burger Battle event promises to be the start of a long tradition for the three-day gourmet festival featuring talent from Fairfield and Westchester Counties. Celebrity chefs of national fame sat in judgment of some of the area’s most popular establishments, including The Cos Cobbler, Darien Social, The Ginger Man, My Favorite Place and the ever-popular Shake Shack. But it was a restaurant that has yet to even open its doors to the public that blew the celebrity judges away. The judges unanimously declared Dan Rooney’s Cafe and Bar the champion of the first annual Greenwich Food & Wine Festival Burger Battle. Dan Rooney’s Cafe & Bar, one of two new restaurants coming to Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway, devoured the competition. Executive chef, Christopher Lee and chef de cuisine, Julia Doyne pushed the proverbial culinary envelope, serving up an aged beef burger with brie, tangy onions, watercress, tomato, and honey black pepper aioli on a brioche bun. The flavorful combination kicked off an inquisition by the judges into the specific ingredients and meat grind, with several professing that their well-developed palates surely tasted the decadence of foie gras in the burger.
10.08.2012 - EMPIRE CITY CASINO AT YONKERS RACEWAY TO HOST WALK TO CURE DIABETES
Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway Vice President and COO Bob Galterio’s daughter Cara was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age 10, and the Bedford resident immediately was compelled to take action to fight the disease. So, “Cure for Cara” was born. That was 10 years ago, and on Sunday, October 14, more than 2,500 Empire City employees, volunteers and participants will gather at Empire City at Yonkers Raceway, to take action in the Walk to Cure Diabetes for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Galterio will serve as captain of the “Cure for Cara” team.
09.07.2012 - COMEDY CENTRAL’S JAY LARSON HEADLINES COMEDY NIGHT AT EMPIRE CITY CASINO ON WEDNESDAY NIGHT, SEPTEMBER 26
Comedy Central’s Jay Larson brings his comedic talents to Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway on Wednesday night, September 26, when he headlines a night of laughs in the “Good Time Room” at Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway. Jay Nog will MC the event that also features Chipps Cooney. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show will begin at 8 p.m.
08.27.2012 - NOT SO HARD TO SAY GOOD BYE TO THE SUMMER… EMPIRE CITY CASINO SUPER SEPTEMBER CALENDAR HIGHLIGHTED BY POLKA DOT BAG GIVEAWAY ON LABOR DAY, FREE GIFT FRIDAYS AND FALL HARVEST FESTIVAL
It won’t be as hard to say good bye to the summer with the super September calendar put forth by Empire City Casino, highlighted by a windfall of giveaways and promotions, starting with Labor Day’s (Monday, September 3) Polka Dot Bag giveaway, a quartet of Free Gift Fridays, and the Fall Harvest Festival on September 29. Labor Day kicks off the month when the first 10,000 Empire Club members to visit a promotions kiosk will receive a coupon for a free Polka Dot Bag, redeemable at the promotions table while supplies last.
08.24.2012 - Returning Veterans & Regional Employers are Big Winners at Empire City Casino’s Veterans Job Fair
Returning veterans and hiring employers were the big winners today at Empire City Casino. Hundreds of job seeking veterans attended a Veterans Job Fair to try their luck, with the hope of securing employment. The event was organized by Empire City Casino as part of a “Hire a Hero” effort to encourage regional employers to hire military service men and women. “We owe these young men and women a debt we’ll never be able to repay,” said Timothy Rooney, owner and operator of Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway. “This is our way of saying thank you and our way of giving other employers a way to show their gratitude as well.” Veterans from across the tri‐state area came armed with their resume and charm to make their best first impressions. Some donned business suits while others dressed to impress in their military uniforms.
08.21.2012 - YONKERS RACEWAY LEADING DRIVERS JOIN EMPLOYEES, HORSEMEN TO ASSIST FOOD BANK FOR WESTCHESTER IN ELMSFORD, NY
Racing stars Jason Bartlett, Jordan Stratton and Brent Holland, and Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway employees and horsemen. Where: Food Bank for Westchester Warehouse, 200 Clearbook Road, Elmsford, NY 10523 (Westchester County) When: Tuesday, August 21 Time: 1:00-3:00 PM What: Media/photo opportunity of warehouse tour by drivers, dozens of employees, horsemen, packaging of food to distribute to needy; $1,000 check presentation.
08.14.2012 - Regional Employers To Turn Out En Masse to Support Veterans
Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway will host a “Hire A Hero” job fair for area employers and service men and women returning from overseas looking to re-enter the workforce. The veterans-only job fair will take place on Thursday, August 23, 2012 from 11am – 3pm in the casino’s third floor Good Time Room. “We owe these young men and women a debt we’ll never be able to repay,” said Tim Rooney, Sr., owner and operator of Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway. “This is our way of saying thank you and our way of giving other employers in the area a way to show their gratitude as well.”
08.10.2012 - All-Star Lineup of Comics: Jessica Kirson, Michael Blaustein, and New York’s Own Mark Serritella Headline Comedy Night at Empire City Casino August 22
Jessica Kirson will bring her comedic talents to Comedy Night on August 22, when she headlines a night of laughs in the “Good Time Room” at Empire City Casino in Yonkers. Michael Blaustein will MC the event that also features Mark Serritella. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show begins at 8 p.m. Admission is free for Elite members, just $5 for Empire Club members, and $15 for non-members. Each attendee also receives one free drink ticket. Admission is restricted to guests 18 and over.
08.06.2012 - COME ON DOWN! CONTESTANT SEARCH FOR “THE PRICE IS RIGHT”
Those who ever dreamed of hearing their name, followed by “Come on Down!,” will have a chance to take that first step to compete and win big on “The Price Is Right” when the iconic CBS television game show comes to another home for big winners, Empire City Casino, on Thursday, August 9th from noon to 3 p.m. Fans and applicants alike are welcome to enter at Empire City starting at midday when “The Price Is Right” Contestant Search returns to Yonkers. Applicants will have the chance to explain why they want to be a contestant on “The Price Is Right,” and have the chance to be one of two winners from the New York Contestant Search that will be flown to Los Angeles to see the show and have a chance to be called as a contestant on “The Price is Right!”
07.22.2012 - Employers Encouraged to Join Effort to Hire Our Heros
A collaborative effort is underway at Empire City Casino to ensure that military veterans in our region have direct access to area employers seeking candidates to fill open employment positions. On Thursday, August 23rd from 11:00am – 3:00pm, Empire City Casino will host a veterans-only job fair.
07.09.2012 - WHAT’S NEW FOR VISITORS WHO LOVE NEW YORK
ALBANY, NY (July 9, 2012) — From the Big Apple Circus and other special events to the latest and greatest hotels to stay in, things to do and places to eat, New York State is booming this summer with openings, new attractions and entertainment, major renovations, restorations and improvements.
06.26.2012 - July Sizzles at Empire City Casino with the Launch of a Summer Concert Series, the First Leg of the Trotter’s Triple Crown, and Great Giveaways Musical Legends Pat Benatar, Otis Day & the Knights, Eddie Money and Others To Take the Stage
Empire City Casino kicks off its Summer Concert Series on Sunday, July 1st with Cornell Gunter’s Coasters, The Platters and Sounds of the Drifters. Other acclaimed acts of the concert series include Pat Benatar, Eddie Money, The Spin Doctors, and The Marshall Tucker Band. Concerts will be performed outdoors trackside every Sunday through the end of August.
06.21.2012 - Local High School Student Selected for Scholarship Award, Heads to “The Harvard of the Sky”
High school students across the globe are donning caps and gowns this month to receive their well-deserved diplomas. Many of them, having recently survived the college admissions process, are looking ahead with great excitement to continuing their education and pursuing bachelor degrees. Students today are acutely aware of the cost of higher education, taking out multiple loans to pay tuition and working part-time jobs to help pay for books and transportation.
06.12.2012 - Wounded Warriors from Iraq and Afghanistan Wars Receive “Empire” Welcome for New York City Visit
The Rooney Family, owners of Empire City Casino, New York’s most successful casino, hosted a group of active military personnel who were wounded in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, along with family members of the troops, to a lunch at actor Robert De Niro’s famed Tribeca Grill today. This lunch is the second that the Rooneys and Empire City Casino have hosted for wounded military members in conjunction with a trip that is organized by the Baltimore Police and Operation Homefront to bring veterans currently residing at Walter Reed Medical Center to New York City for a well-deserved outing.
06.01.2012 - Volkswagen “Bug” Invasions on Mondays
Yonkers, NY, June 1—Empire City Casino patrons will feel like flying to the moon in June with the elation of the month-long calendar of promotions and giveaways highlighted by a Volkswagen “Bug Invasion” on Mondays, and the Father’s Day Baseball Giveaway on Sunday, June 17, featuring all-day Autograph and Question & Answer Sessions by such notable New York diamond stars as World Champions Darryl Strawberry and Ron Darling, and the legendary Brooklyn Dodger hurler Ralph Branca.
06.01.2012 - Summer Concert Series at Empire City Casino
EMPIRE CITY CASINO AT YONKERS RACEWAY TO BRING BIG TIME MUSICAL ENTERTAINMENT TO WESTCHESTER WITH 9-WEEK SUMMER CONCERT SERIES
05.24.2012 - Empire City Casino Doubles Down on Full Food & Beverage Revamp
(New York) As the $45 Million expansion at Empire City Casino continues to take shape, the tri-state area is brewing with anticipation over the renovations and expansion, which include an exciting enhancement of the food and beverage offerings at the property. New restaurants and an overhaul of existing offerings are in full swing. Two new restaurants will encompass a large portion of the additional 66,000 square foot space currently being constructed. “The talent coming together on these projects is world-renowned,” said Timothy Rooney, Jr., of Empire City Casino. “These new restaurants will be like nothing else in New York, and that’s not easy to do. The changes to our existing food and beverage programs are going to take our guests’ experience to a completely new level. Guests will now come for the world-class food, and stay for the gaming and entertainment.”
05.23.2012 - TIMOTHY J. ROONEY & THE ROONEY FAMILY OF EMPIRE CITY CASINO TO BE HONORED BY UNTERMYER PERFORMING ARTS COUNCIL FOR ONGOING SUPPORT OF THE ARTS
(Yonkers, NY – May 15, 2012)…. The Untermyer Performing Arts Council (UPAC) will honor Timothy J. Rooney and the Rooney Family at a gala reception aptly billed as ‘A Night at the Races’ , parodying the popular Marx Brother movies of the 30s and 40s. The event is set for Thursday, May 31st, 6:30 p.m. at Empire City Casino’s Empire Terrace Restaurant overlooking the popular harness racetrack. Gala tickets and more information are available at www.untermyer.com or by calling (914) 375-3435
05.05.2012 - WINNERS TAKE ALL BEFORE THE RACE EVEN STARTED
They won big before the race even started, taking home top prizes at Empire City Casino’s first-ever Derby Hat Contest to celebrate the 138th Kentucky Derby.
05.02.2012 - New Yorkers Tip Their Hats to Tradition for the 138th Kentucky Derby
The Kentucky Derby is considered by many to be “America’s Race” and fans world-wide look forward to the annual event. Over its 137-year history, many traditions have developed around the Kentucky Derby. While millions of race fans everywhere appreciate the opportunity to see the world-class horses and the famous faces that partake in the festivities, the Kentucky Derby is often most appreciated for its fashion, particularly the hats!
05.01.2012 - Flip your lid @ Empire City: Hat Contest, Free Derby Exacta… KENTUCKY DERBY HAT COMPETITION FOR CASH PRIZES
New York, April 30—It’s “hats off,” or we should say, “hats on” to the Kentucky Derby on Saturday, May 5, at Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway with close to $2,000 in prizes up for grabs in the casino’s inaugural “Run for the Roses Hat Competition.” First prizes of $500 for both the “most creative” and “most fashionable” hats as selected by a panel of judges will have winners literally flipping their lids! Second prizes for each are $250, and third place winners check in with $100 apiece. Those wishing to enter should check in trackside at the raceway between 1:00-4:00 PM to
05.01.2012 - EMPIRE CITY CASINO AT YONKERS RACEWAY OFFERS “MIGHTY MAY” GIVEAWAYS, PROMOTIONS AND ENTERTAINMENT HIGHLIGHTED BY MOTHER’S DAY AND MEMORIAL DAY GIFTS
New York, April 30— Mother’s Day and Memorial Day giveaways highlight the ―Mighty May‖ month-long promotions calendar at Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway. On Sunday, May 13, all ladies who present their Empire Club membership card will receive a lovely Candy Dish for Mothers’ Day (5,000 while supplies last), while on Memorial Day, Monday, May 28, the first 10,000 Empire Card members will receive an Empire City ―Patriotic 6-Pack Cooler‖ to launch the “unofficial” summer season. The ―May Moolah‖ Thursdays will give slot-players to cash in throughout the month.
04.13.2012 - Fun Beyond the Slots
It’s a chilly Thursday night. We’re headed to Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway, baby, for a little gambling, a little dinner, and as ever, more than a little bit of wine. Despite the frigid night forecast, I’ve outfitted myself in a minuscule red dress and five inch heels. As far as I’m concerned, we’re going to Vegas.
04.09.2012 - Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway Generates $315 Million for New York’s Schools in Just One Year
Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway generated nearly $315 Million for education during the 2011-2012 fiscal year, according to the recently released data by the Division of Lottery. As part of Empire City Casino’s ongoing support of New York’s education, fifty-two percent of Empire City Casino net win goes directly to the Lottery to fund education.
03.30.2012 - Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Dinner at Empire City Casino
Team Trinity in association with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society are proud to present Dr. Patrick J. Boland, as a guest of Honor at a banquet to be held at the Good Times Room, Empire City Casino, Yonkers, NY 10704 on Friday, May 11th, 2012.
03.14.2012 - HISTORIC NEW YORK DAILY NEWS GOLDEN GLOVES FINALS
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02.28.2012 - Report: Enhanced Gaming at Empire City Will Mean More Jobs – Money for Schools
(Westchester, NY) – Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway is prepared to invest more than $310 million in its facility to include a new 400-room hotel, 5,000 seat multi-use arena and 2,500-space parking garage if enhanced casino gaming is approved in New York State. Those investments would give a $572 million jolt to the local economy and create 2,979 jobs, an economic forecasting report released today noted.
02.17.2012 - Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway is the States Biggest Success story
(Yonkers, NY) – Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway is the most successful casino and racing venue in New York State, responsible last year for more than $687 million in economic activity and revenue support for education and other state and local government programs, according to a new report released today that examines the economic impact of the state’s nine racetrack casinos.
02.05.2012 - Empire City throws a “Winning” Tailgate Party
It’s the Giants vs. the Patriots for the championship, and football fans looking for the fun place to celebrate Sunday’s (February 5) Super Bowl should look no further than Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway, the destination for “The Terrace Tail Gate Party” at 4:00 pm in the Empire Terrance Dining Room on the second floor. Empire City has gone BLUE in a BIG way, and many die-hard football fans will descend on the casino in their finest NFL football garb to cheer for their favorite team.
02.01.2012 - EMPIRE CITY CASINO AT YONKERS RACEWAY LEAPS INTO FEBRUARY WITH MONTH-LONG PROMOTIONS CALENDAR THAT WILL HAVE PATRONS ENJOYING A ‘SUPER’ TIME
It will be a month-long Mardi Gras when Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway leaps into February with a promotions, giveaway and entertainment calendar that is a sure-fire way to have patrons enjoying a Super Sweet time at the “Jackpot Next Door.” The “Big Game Super Bowl T-Shirt Giveaway” on Sunday, February 5, the “Valentine’s Day CZ Earring Giveaway” and Facebook-driven “Jewelry Giveaway” on Tuesday, February 14, and the “Mardi Gras Hat and Crown Giveaway” on Tuesday, February 21, will be among the highlights.
01.03.2012 - Promotions for January
Giveaway on New Year’s Day Kicks Off Big Month Of January At Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway.
12.22.2011 - Empire City Casino donates more than 600 toys and coats
Empire City Casino’s president Timothy J. Rooney teams up with Catholic Charities to make this year’s toy and coat drive a huge success
12.11.2011 - Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway President Timothy J. Rooney Supports Catholic Charities in Assisting the Less Fortunate During the Holiday Season With the “Christmas Spirit” Toy and Coat Drive December 11 Through December 17 at the Gotham Palace Promotions Booth
For the fifth straight year, Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway president Timothy J. Rooney and Catholic Charities will again team up to make the holiday season happier for the less fortunate. Empire City will host a week-long “Christmas Spirit Coat and Toy Drive” from Sunday, December 11 through Saturday, December 17. Empire City will be accepting the donations at any time during that period.
11.30.2011 - Yonkers Raceway Gets OK to Continue Video Streaming
The New York State Racing and Wagering Board today formally adopted the continuation of online video streaming of thoroughbred and harness racing in New York State throughout the 2012 calendar year, which allows Yonkers Raceway to continue their live streaming video as well as the archived race replays.
11.21.2011 - Wounded War Veterans Get a New York-Style Salute from Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway and NYC Public Advocate Bill DeBlasio
A group of wounded U.S. military service members received a New York welcome on Wednesday, November 16, 2011, as they toured New York City. The Baltimore Police Department partnered with area police departments form Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey and New York to host the military troops wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan on a much-anticipated trip to New York City. The soldiers are currently patients at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and were accompanied by police and medical personnel for the trip.
11.17.2011 - Warm up This December at Empire City
December is a time for giving, and Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway patrons will have plenty of gifts throughout the month to celebrate the holiday season including the “Young At Heart” Oleg Cassini Christmas ornaments on Wednesdays and holiday shopping events for Elite Club Members on December 15-17. For those looking to share the spirit of the holidays, Empire City’s annual coat and toy drive will take place from December 11-17.
11.01.2011 - Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway Celebrates Fifth Anniversary
Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway celebrates its Fifth Anniversary on Saturday, November 5, and its patrons will be the beneficiaries of the occasion with giveaways, free plays, and a cash giveaway totaling $7,500!
11.01.2011 - Meet Chris McCarron and Bet Breeders Cup Simulcasting at Live Sirius Radio Broadcast
Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway will host live Sirius XM Satellite Radio broadcasts of the Breeders’ Cup on both Friday, November 4, and Saturday, November 5, hosted by popular race caller extraordinaire Dave Johnson and racing journalist Bill Finley. Hall of Fame jockey Chris McCarron, the winner of nine career Breeders’ Cup races, including a record five Classics, will provide the expert analysis on site live from the Empire Terrace Dining Room.
11.01.2011 - Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway Celebrates Veterans Day and 11-11-11 with Complimentary Buffet for Members of the Armed Forces, and $11 Free Play for All Empire Club Members
Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway will salute the military in a Veterans Day celebration, and all Empire Club members will get lucky on 11-11-11 with a pair of special promotions on Friday, November 11, at the “Jackpot Next Door.”
10.25.2011 - Bronx Chamber of Commerce Holds First Ever Networking Night at the Races
The Bronx Chamber of Commerce, known for hosting an extensive number of networking opportunities for its members, hosted their first ever Networking Night at the Races at Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway. With nearly four hundred of their employees residing in the Bronx, Empire City Casino is one of the newest members of the Bronx Chamber, and the first member that is actually located outside the borough. The networking event was held at the new venue to provide an exciting and fun alternative for Bronx business owners to build connections and expand business opportunities.
10.25.2011 - New Rochelle & Mount Vernon Chambers of Commerce Host First Ever Networking Night at the Races
The New Rochelle and Mount Vernon Chambers of Commerce partnered with the Bronx Chamber of Commerce to host their first ever Networking Night at the Races at Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway. The networking event was held at the new venue to provide an exciting and fun alternative for business owners to build connections and expand business opportunities.
10.25.2011 - Yonkers Raceway to Host Sirius XM Satellite Radio Breeders’ Cup Shows
The Breeders’ Cup is right around the corner, and Yonkers Raceway is ready. Yonkers is hosting live Sirius XM Satellite Radio broadcasts both Friday (Nov. 4) and Saturday (Nov. 5), featuring some of the best names in the business.
10.22.2011 - Third Annual Fall Harvest Festival Celebrates Harness Racing and Agriculture at Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway
The leaves begin to change color, a sure sign that Autumn is in the air, and that the Fall Harvest Festival is back for its third year at Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway on Saturday, October 22. The one-day celebration of New York State harness racing, agriculture and produce for fans of all ages is on the schedule from 5:30 to 9:30 pm on the track apron. Admission is free.
10.22.2011 - LADIES LEGISLATORS RULE DURING FALL HARVEST FESTIVAL
Yonkers Raceway’s third annual Fall Harvest Festival took place Saturday night, with an array of family-friendly events adorning the track apron. The Festival once again showcased the thriving relationship between agriculture and horse racing throughout New York State. On the track, the third edition of the Legislators’ Challenge grew to four divisions, with competitive spirit leapfrogging political decorum. Fourteen of New York’s elected officials competed in four, pre-card, one-mile exhibition events, with the girls garnering the bulk of the glory.
10.17.2011 - ELECTRONIC BACCARAT IS LATEST ADDITION TO GAMING EXPERIENCE AT EMPIRE CITY CASINO AT YONKERS RACEWAY
Yonkers, NY (October 17, 2011) – Baccarat has arrived at the “Jackpot Next Door!” Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway, which already added video roulette and craps to its 5,300 slot machines in the past six months, continues to enhance the gaming experience for its players with the addition of 20 Electronic Baccarat video gaming seats, it was announced by casino President Timothy J. Rooney.
10.16.2011 - Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Walk to Cure Diabetes Hosted by Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway
2,500 Expected at Annual Juvenile Diabetes Foundation Research Event… EMPIRE CITY CASINO AT YONKERS RACEWAY TO HOST WALK TO CURE DIABETES ON SUNDAY, OCTOBER 16; GM BOB GALTERIO CAPTAINS “CURE FOR CARA” TEAM. Empire City at Yonkers Raceway longtime general manager Bob Galterio’s daughter Cara was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes at age 10, and the Bedford resident immediately was compelled to take action to fight the disease.
10.06.2011 - Empire City Casino Wins Top Award In Las Vegas
And the winner is…Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway has been named recipient of the 2011 AGA Gaming Voice Award in the category of Best Broadcast Advertisement/Television for its “Big Ball” commercial produced by agency DDB NY.
10.06.2011 - EMPIRE CITY CASINO AT YONKERS RACEWAY WINS TOP AWARD IN LAS VEGAS FOR POPULAR “BIG BALL” COMMERCIAL
And the winner is…Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway has been named recipient of the 2011 AGA Gaming Voice Award in the category of Best Broadcast Advertisement/Television for its “Big Ball” commercial produced by agency DDB NY. The award was announced at the AGA Communications Awards Luncheon on October 5 at Sands Expo and Convention Center in Las Vegas.
10.05.2011 - Practice (Hopefully) Makes Perfect as Legislators Come From Across The State to Train For The 3rd Legislators Harness Race at Yonkers Raceway
With the calendar having done its job, Yonkers Raceway is busily preparing for its third annual Fall Harvest Festival. The free family-fun event, set for Saturday, October 22, runs from 5:30pm to 9:30pm on the track apron at Yonkers Raceway and showcases the thriving relationship between horse racing and agriculture all across New York State. Among the Fall Harvest Festival highlights is the third Legislators Challenge, in which New York State Senators and Assembly Members compete in four non-wagering harness races (with some help from professional harness racing drivers).
09.14.2011 - $210,349 JACKPOT HIT ON SUNDAY IS THIRD BIGGEST SLOT PAYOFF AT EMPIRE CITY CASINO AT YONKERS RACEWAY
The third biggest jackpot – $210,349.68 – in the five-year history of Empire City at Yonkers Raceway was hit on Sunday (September 11, 2011) by an anonymous winner. The huge payday was the third to surpass $200,000. The winning bet was a $2.50 denomination placed at the Bally Hot Shots Progressive in the Victorian Room.
09.01.2011 - September at Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway is Highlighted by Two Chevrolet Traverse Giveaways, Bravest Vs. Finest Comedy Finals and Drawstring Backpack Giveaway
Labor Day may mark the unofficial end of the summer, but it is just the beginning of a loaded September calendar at Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway, the “Jackpot Next Door.” A Drawstring Backpack Giveaway on Labor Day (September 5), the finale of the Bravest vs. Finest firefighters against the cops comedy contest on September 8 and two chances to drive away in a Chevrolet Traverse on September 12 and 26 are among the highlights.
08.25.2011 - The Price is Right Says “Come on Down” to Westchester County Residents for Their Contestant Search
THE PRICE IS RIGHT is kicking off its annual casting call for contestants to appear during the 40th season of the game show and they’re looking for contestants right here in Westchester County. Representatives from New York WCBS-TV will be on hand to interview and videotape contestant hopefuls vying for free trips to Los Angeles, with guaranteed spots in the studio audience. Two participants will be selected from each market to fly to Los Angeles and attend a taping of the legendary game show starting in fall 2011. A bidder’s spot on Contestants’ Row will be guaranteed to one of the two participants, who will learn if they are selected to “come on down” when they hear their name called during the show’s taping. Two semi-finalists from each participating market will be flown to Los Angeles; one of the two is guaranteed to be on Contestants’ Row.
07.26.2011 - Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway Breaks Ground on $40 Million Expansion
State and local officials gathered at Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway (Empire City Casino) today to break ground on a $40 Million expansion that is expected to produce more than 200 new construction jobs and 100 permanent jobs at Yonkers’ largest employer and New York’s most successful racino.
07.08.2011 - Bronx Residents’ Calls For Direct Bus Service Are Heard & Answered
Bronx residents have really come to enjoy the close proximity of Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway. The promotions and giveaways, live entertainment, harness racing, restaurants, slot machines and new roulette and craps games make it a fun place to visit regularly. They like it so much they take multiple trains and buses, or pay cab fares to get there. After repeated requests for a Bronx charter bus line that would provide direct service to their favorite locale, Bronx residents’ calls are being answered.
07.01.2011 - July Promotions at Empire City at Yonkers Raceway As Hot As a Fircracker
July will be as hot as a firecracker at Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway with month-long promotions for players. The V.I.P. $150,000 Slot Tournament every Sunday, a chance to drive away with a brand new Audi A4 on July 25, and the prestigious Yonkers Trot on July 9 are among the many highlights. Saturday night, July 9, will feature the prestigious Yonkers Trot, the first jewel in Trotting’s Triple Crown and one of the raceway’s signature events. The evening will feature a Yonkers Trot Cap Giveaway, and patrons should visit the table locations to receive their free hat
06.24.2011 - Legendary Mets World Series Champion Outfielder, Ron Swoboda, To Appear at Empire City
For baseball fans in 1969, “The Catch” meant New York Mets outfielder Ron Swoboda’s diving grab of the Orioles’ Brooks Robinson’s line drive to save Game 4 at Shea Stadium in the 1969 World Series, helping to catapult the Amazin’ Mets to the world championship. This Tuesday, June 28th, from 3:00 to 5:00PM at Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway, three Empire Club Members will be called every 30 minutes for a chance to win photographer Frank Hurley’s classic photo of this spectacular catch, framed and signed by both Swoboda and Baltimore Hall of Fame third baseman Robinson.
06.23.2011 - Lincoln Park Taxpayers Scholarship Release
The Lincoln Park Taxpayers Association (“LPTA”) and Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway (“Empire City”) Vice President Bob Galterio presented a $500 scholarship on Thursday, June 23, 2011 to Ms. Katherine Hernandez, a 2011 Lincoln High School graduate.
06.17.2011 - Cross County Concerts
Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway is sponsoring Cross County Shopping Center’s Summer Concert Series to bring fabulous free weekly entertainment to Westchester families. The concerts take place Wednesday evenings from 7pm – 9pm at the Cross County Shopping Center and run through Wednesday, July 27, 2011.
06.16.2011 - Yonkers Raceway & IDA Reach Agreement
Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway (“Empire City”) and Yonkers Industrial Development Agency (“IDA”) have finalized the terms of an agreement that will help secure the continued viability of the City’s largest employer, while creating much-needed jobs and increasing funding for the City of Yonkers.