Monticello Raceway Stays, Says Empire Resorts After Catskills Casino Opening
Empire Resorts, owners of the newly-opened Resorts World Catskills, says they have no plans to close their older property despite its proximity to the new casino. The Monticello Casino & Raceway opened in 1858, and it will stay open for the foreseeable future.
Empire Resorts executive vice president, Charlie Degliomini, said they think of Monticello Raceway as a vibrant business. Located just 10 minutes from the new Catskills casino, the raceway was expanded in 2004 to include a full casino operation. It remains a community staple by hosting regular musical acts and small events.
Degliomini wants to assure employees that their jobs are safe. The Monticello currently employs around 200 people. While some employees may move back and forth between Empire's two locations, the company says it has no plans to cut back on employees at Monticello.
Not everyone wants to socialize at a five-diamond resort. This is the opinion of David Sager, Village Manager in Monticello, New York. He says Monticello Raceway & Casino provides the village with around $180,000 per year in revenue shares. Sager is hopeful the new Catskills casino will help restore the area's tourism and give Monticello a boost.
Monticello Casino & Raceway has remained competitive in the region by following the lead of their patrons and periodically upgrading their facilities. Most recently, the casino scrapped its buffet in favor of a sports bar – a choice that proved popular with locals. They also added a new mini-grandstand near the casino floor to make it easier for patrons to bet on races.