Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Settlemoir to Become The New Meadowlands GM & CEO

New Meadowlands LLC President Jeff Gural has named Jason M. Settlemoir as General Manager and Chief Executive Officer of the New Meadowlands, effective Tuesday, November 6.

Jason Settlemoir (left) with Jeff Gural
Settlemoir has run Gural's two New York racetracks, Tioga & Vernon Downs, since operations began in 2006 and will remain Vice President of Racing and Sponsorships for both of those properties. The 2006 Lew Barasch Breakthrough Award winner, he is the current USHWA Chairman of the Board, a USTA and HTA Director and the Simulcast Director/second Race Announcer for The Little Brown Jug.

"Our focus is on improving the racing experience for the fans, with emphasis on customer service and strict attention to detail," Jason explained. "Jeff's desire is to return The Meadowlands to its rightful position as the greatest harness track in the world and I am honored and excited to have the opportunity to help him realize that goal. I have the support of a strong staff we have assembled at Tioga and Vernon and look forward to working with the existing Meadowlands employees and New Jersey horsemen. After seven seasons, I know Jeff's priorities and how he wants things done at his racetracks." 

Jeff Gural had this comment on the decision; "I'm confident in Jason's ability to execute my vision for The New Meadowlands. We share a passion for racing, realize that the status quo isn't working and remain convinced that new ideas and promotions are vital to racing's survival. The success that Jason has enjoyed at Tioga and Vernon along with the experience he has gained and people skills he has developed while in that position have prepared him well for this next step in his racetrack management career." 

Settlemoir will spend the next two months cultivating the simulcast business at both The Meadowlands and Winners at Bayonne while preparing for the return of live racing at The Meadowlands on December 28. He will commute between the New York and New Jersey properties for the near future and may be reached by phone at (201) 460-4025 or (607) 699-7588 and by e-mail at

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Tioga Downs Casino and Racing & NYGA: A Big Win for Southern Tier’s Economy

With 300 Workers, Tioga Downs Casino and Racing:
 One of Region's Leading Employers

New Statewide Radio Campaign Highlights Creation of
Thousands of NYGA Jobs Across New York

5,500 Work at NYGA Facilities – Another 35,000 Supported by Industry

(Nichols, NY) – Tioga Downs Casino and the New York Gaming Association (NYGA) support more than 40,000 jobs across New York State – including 5,500 direct employees and an additional 35,000 jobs in the agribusiness industry – and together added jobs in the past 12 months despite the sluggish economy. A new statewide ad campaign launching today highlights Tioga Downs Casino and NYGA's considerable track record of providing New Yorkers with good paying and reliable jobs, as well as the payments NYGA makes to New York's education, which will be equivalent to 13,000 teaching positions in 2013.

Tioga Downs Casino is already one of the region's leading employers, with nearly 300 workers.  Today, many of the region's labor and business leaders publicly joined Tioga Downs Casino in supporting these efforts.

"Since the arrival of Tioga Downs Casino not only have over 300 new jobs been created, new markets have been established to help bolster agribusiness in Tioga County and surrounding areas.  Tioga Downs also provides an outstanding venue offering entertainment and opportunity for its visitors," said Tioga County Chamber of Commerce President Martha Sauerbrey.  "An unexpected blessing has been from the strong level of community support coming out of the Tioga Downs organization.  The attitude of the leadership and the employees of Tioga Downs is one of generosity.  In the recent devastating flood of 2011, Tioga Downs came to the aid of the community with manpower, food and finances.  Tioga Downs has been a significant supporter of local community activities as well as contributing significantly to New York State education."
"The New Yorkers who work at Tioga Downs Casino have more than just good jobs; they have the ability to start a career in this industry, with excellent benefits and a reliable income to provide for their families," said James Featherstonhaugh, president of the New York Gaming Association. "We are incredibly proud of that, and all New Yorkers should know that all of NYGA’s facilities are more than just the entertainment they provide. As New York continues its recovery, we will continue to be a partner in the economy and for education."

New York's racetrack casinos are some of the leading employers in their regions, providing steady and reliable employment that includes health, dental, retirement benefits. The nine racetracks that make up the Association employ more than 5,500 New Yorkers.  Indirectly, NYGA's substantial support of New York's racing industry helps to maintain an additional 35,000 jobs in the state, including jobs in agribusinesses like family farmers and veterinarians.

NYGA members have also contributed $3.4 billion to education since 2004 – including more than $575 million so far in 2012, according to data on the New York Division of the Lottery's website - enough to fund the annual salaries of approximately 12,400 teachers.

The new radio ad campaign will be launched in eight markets, including the Southern Tier, New York City, Albany, Buffalo, and Rochester.

New York Gaming Association members currently employ more than 5,500 New Yorkers and have, over their history, generated $3.4 billion for education, more than $170 million in aid for local governments and $715 million in support of the New York State racing & breeding industry, impacting family farms and preserving open space.
The New York Gaming Association is comprised of the nine racetrack casinos located at harness and thoroughbred racing venues throughout the state. NYGA members include; Resorts World Casino New York at Aqueduct Racetrack, Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway, Saratoga Casino & Raceway, Finger Lakes Casino & Racetrack, Empire Resorts/Monticello Casino & Raceway, Hamburg Casino at Buffalo Raceway, Tioga Downs Casino, Vernon Downs Casino & Hotel and Batavia Downs Casino. 
More information on the New York Gaming Association is available at