About Our Good Neighbor Network
Since opening its doors eight years ago, Resorts World Casino New York City has been proud to partner with dozens of community organizations that address a broad range of issues including workforce development, arts and culture, and health and wellness. Resorts World’s “Good Neighbor Network” is a new community partnership designed to inspire, empower, and advocate for social and economic good in Queens and throughout New York State.
The Network will leverage Resorts World’s scale to assist groups by amplifying their work, helping them achieve fundraising goals, and connecting them with volunteers, supporters, and those in need of a good neighbor. We encourage everyone to check out our partners’ organizations and the important work they’re doing in our community.
The launch coincides with RWNY’s “Countdown to $3 Billion” to mark the milestone of the casino’s payment of $3 billion in state taxes for schools. Resorts World is the New York’s largest taxpayer, having already paid $2.88 billion in taxes to support New York State public schools.
And check out our new television ad that features a Resorts World employee and her son, talking about the impact the casino has had on her family and neighborhood.
Sign On to Support Our Growth
ADDRESSED TO SECOND FLOOR/LEGISLATIVE LEADERS
Gov. Cuomo, Speaker Heastie and Leader Cousins,
We the undersigned write in full support of Resorts World Casino New York City’s efforts to convert into a commercial casino and the thousands of jobs as well as hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue earmarked towards education that will come from this expansion.
Covid-19 has absolutely ravaged our city and state, but the virus has been particularly damaging to those who faced significant challenges and struggles before the pandemic ever started. Hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers have lost their jobs; tax revenues that support vital services are drying up; non-profits are facing existential threats to their survival.
Our governmental leaders, beginning with the three of you, have done incredible work not only in mobilizing an all-out effort to curb the virus and save lives, but in taking significant steps to bolster our local and state economy even as we face an extended recession while being shortchanged by Washington D.C.
Among those steps was the governor’s openness to accelerating the licensing of downstate casinos to bridge employment and economic shortfalls resulting from Covid-19. We firmly believe that allowing Resorts World would be the best partner for this effort.
Since opening in 2011, the facility has delivered thousands of good-paying union jobs and more than $3 billion dollars in tax revenue for New York State schoolchildren. As the state faces massive unemployment numbers and revenue shortfalls that will severely handcuff its ability to provide residents with critical services, allowing Resorts World to become a full-fledged casino will help fill these needs without expanding gaming in an irresponsible way.
But even beyond the jobs and revenue, during its decade of operations, Resorts World has proven to be a solid partner for the Queens community we all represent. Through Resorts World Gives, its charitable entity, the company has given out millions of dollars to local non-profits. The organization has also lent its facility out for a number of critical programs including Covid-19 testing, relief from Hurricane Sandy and staging for the Red Cross as its operates blood drives and other community functions.
With an expanded license, Resorts World has pledged thousands of additional, good-paying union jobs; hundreds of millions of dollars in desperately needed revenue for education; and additional resources for non-profits in and around their facility.
Perhaps best of all, with an existing site, previous experience in New York City and widespread community support Resorts World can deliver against their promises with near immediacy, creating jobs and generating revenue that are needed today.
Granting an expanded license to Resorts World would be a win-win for all New Yorkers, and we fully support the company’s efforts.