Final Roll of the Dice: New York Casino and Entertainment Venue Set to Close

Ash Jurberg

A WARN notice has been filed announcing that a New York casino will close this year.
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Vernon Downs Hotel Casino has filed a WARN notice with the New York State Department of Labor outlining plans to officially close by the end of this year, resulting in the loss of 249 jobs.

The resort-style hotel with an adjoining casino overlooks Vernon Downs racetrack. The track features live harness racing between April and November.

The notice stated, "The casino, along with its Champions Buffet, Ring Eyed Pete’s, and Triple 777 Café dining options is scheduled to close Aug. 7, with the racetrack and other dining options to follow in Sept. 18 and the the rest of the casino and hotel Dec. 31.”

Along with the WARN notice, there was a plea from Jeff Gural, president and CEO of Vernon Downs.

Last year, Vernon provided jobs for 250 community members, $13 million in tax revenue for New York State but lost $2 million dollars. COVID decimated our business and without modest tax relief we can no longer operate. We all care deeply about this community, and I am hopeful we can work with the Governor and Legislature to keep these jobs and Vernon as an economic engine for Oneida County.”

There is still some hope the casino will remain open, and New York State Senator Joe Griffo said he would assist with attempting to keep the facility open and operational.

I understand the challenges facing Vernon Downs and initially and successfully led efforts to provide relief for the venue in the past ... I will continue to work with my colleagues at all levels of government to keep the facility open and operational, support employees and ownership and push for action to be taken in Albany again to ensure that Vernon Downs is given every opportunity to be successful and thrive.” New York State Senator Joe Griffo

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