Don’t Click Send: E-Mail Mistake Raises Tensions in New York Casino Race

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Long Island motion astatine Gantry Plaza State Park

An accidental email has ratcheted up tensions successful nan title for a New York Casino license. [Image: Shutterstock.com]

Tracy, Tracey, aforesaid thing

We’ve each been there, accidentally hitting “reply all” aliases clicking “send” without realizing nan incorrect reside was connected nan e-mail. Even nan highest-paid professionals do it, arsenic evidenced by nan latest play successful nan title to unafraid 1 of 3 downstate New York casino licenses.

According to a portion successful The New York Times, Michael McKeon (not to beryllium confused pinch Better Call Saul prima Michael McKean), a lobbyist for New York Mets proprietor Steve Cohen, accidentally sent an email to Tracey Edwards, Senior Vice President Corporate Social Responsibility Officer for Sands New York, alternatively than Hard Rock Asia CEO Edward Tracy. The January 5 email besides went to Cohen’s Chief of Staff Michael Sullivan and Sean Caffery, Senior VP of Business & Casino Development of Hard Rock, nan institution pinch which Cohen is partnering connected an $8bn casino and intermezo analyzable bid by nan Mets’ Citi Field.

talking to officials astatine Hofstra University

In nan e-mail, McKeon was letting his colleagues cognize that he was talking to officials astatine Hofstra University, which has spoken retired against a Las Vegas Sands connection for a casino adjacent to campus.

“I americium checking pinch Hofstra to spot if they will reason this move,” McKeon wrote.

Sands proponents jumped connected nan error

And pinch that, nan fireworks began. Within a week, Newsday, Long Island’s section newspaper, sewage a clasp of nan email and reported connected it. Hofstra University President Susan Poser told Newsday’s editorial committee that she had not been successful interaction pinch McKeon aliases Cohen’s team.

“We person not communicated with, nor do we person immoderate knowledge of anyone astatine Hofstra having immoderate connection with, immoderate of nan projected New York casino developers aliases their agents, speech from Las Vegas Sands, pinch whom President Poser had 1 gathering complete a twelvemonth ago,” added a Hofstra spokeswoman.

Nevertheless, Howard J. Kopel, nan caller Presiding Officer of nan Nassau County Legislature, issued subpoenas to Poser connected January 16, a fewer days aft nan Newsday piece. The adjacent day, Nassau County Executive Bruce Blakeman held a property convention to obstruction against what he saw arsenic imaginable collusion. Both Kopel and Blakeman support a Sands casino connected Long Island.

Fists clenched tight

Those for illustration Kopel who are up successful arms astir nan email person questioned whether conversations betwixt Cohen’s squad and Hofstra would moreover beryllium legal. Bennett Liebman, a authorities lawyer successful residence astatine Albany Law School, told nan Times that location apt isn’t beryllium thing forbidden astir it, moreover if it is perceived arsenic unethical.

The authorities prohibits collusion among competitors, but successful this case, it is not 2 competitors allegedly talking to each other. It is simply a campaigner for a casino licence and a 3rd statement that could beryllium straight affected by a competitor’s casino.

I don’t deliberation it really is simply a valid ineligible argument”

“It’s a bully talking point, but I don’t deliberation it really is simply a valid ineligible argument,” Liebman said.

There are 3 casino licenses disposable for downstate New York, though astir insiders judge that MGM Empire City Casino and nan Resorts World Casino, which only location physics gaming machines, will get 2 of them. That leaves 1 highly valuable licence up for grabs. In summation to Cohen/Hard Rock and Sands, imaginable proposals see a Times Square casino backed by Jay-Z and a Bally’s spot astatine nan erstwhile Trump Golf Links astatine Ferry Point (now Bally’s Golf Links), among others.

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