Oneida Nation Announces New Casino Plans in New York

by Kyle Miller

Oneida NationA new gaming venue will be coming to New York courtesy of the Oneida Nation.

New gaming venues keep popping up around the United States as companies realize there is big money in casino games. In several states across the US, there is a limit as to how many venues can offer gaming due to a strict number of licensing. However, when it comes to tribal gaming, the rules are different. In New York, one tribe has now announced their new plans to create a casino in Bridgeport, offering yet another gaming option in the Empire State.

The Oneida Nation

A confirmation was given late last week that the Oneida Nation has plans to construct a new casino in the Bridgeport area, which will be within the borders of Onondaga and Cicero Counties of New York State. The venue already has a name, Point Place Casino, and will be the latest attempt by the Nation to invest in the central region of the state. With their investments, the tribe has been able to generate public revenues as well as thousands of employment positions for residents.

Point Place will be situated along Route 31 which is near the border of Cicero. The facility will be smoke-free and will consist of 65,000 square feet in size. A modern casino floor will entice players with close to 500 slot machines along with 20 table games. For dining, the facility will feature two quick service restaurants which will include Wicked Good Pizza and Burgers of Madison County. On top of these dining options, the facility will also include Opals Confectionary, a bakery. The tribe already runs a confectionery and pizza shop at Turning Stone Resort Casino so they should see great success with the similar dining options in a new location.

Ray Halbritter the CEO of Oneida Nation Representative and Nation Enterprises commented on the new casino plans by stating that the Nation is thrilled to announce their new investment in Central New York and they remain confident that they will continue to see success as they have been working hand-in-hand with the community to create jobs and generate revenues.

Even More Jobs

When Point Place opens, it will have full/part time jobs available for those in the Sullivan area of Madison County, with more than 200 positions open. An office for recruitment will be set up in Cicero with hiring beginning this fall. The construction phase will begin with a labor agreement for the project signed with the trade unions of Central New York with construction jobs set up locally and on 250 positions available. Construction should begin this May and the venue ready for business by spring of next year.

Area Representative of Central and Northern New York Building Trades Council, Pat Costello, stated the following on the project:

Pat Costello's Statement

The same executive team that was successful in the construction of the Yellow Brick Road Casino and the Turning Stone Resort Casino will be the same team overseeing the Point Place Casino. The team will ensure that the project is held to superior land use as well as safety, guest service and environmental standards. The Oneida Nation has already taken more time to ensure that the project will see minimalized onsite noise, light and drain issues, with the project remaining the interest of the community.