On September 13, 2022, Empire City Casino will be the site of the annual Legislative Pace for local lawmakers. Local senators and Assembly members will compete for the crown in a friendly race. Empire City Casino by MGM Resorts and the Standardbred Owners Association of New York hold an annual run event called Legislative Pace.
The Empire City Casino has an official date for this year’s Legislative Pace. The friendly race will be held on September 13, 2022, at the casino’s adjacent Yonkers Raceway, and will see local senators and assembly members compete for the crown of the friendly race.
Empire City Casino by MGM Resorts and the Standardbred Owners Association of New York hold Legislative Pace every year at Yonkers Raceway. Local legislators are accompanied by professional harness drivers as they take the reins at the race. Each race includes two trips around the half-mile track.
Soon, the line-up will be revealed
The annual event is a great way for legislators to come together and promote the needs of the harness racing sector, according to New York State Senator Joseph P. Addabbo Jr. Mr. Addabbo is the Chair of the Senate Racing, Gaming, and Wagering Committee and he vows to make sure that the harness sport is properly presented and its needs are met.
J. Gary Pretlow, chair of the New York State Assembly Racing and Wagering Committee, shared some words on the race. He said that he was looking forward to competing with his fellow legislators in the Legislative Pace. He is optimistic that it will be another great event with lots of fun and competitive spirit from all the participants.
Empire City Casino is expected to announce its lawmaker’s line-up for the event in the coming days. Representatives from the Empire State’s both State Senate and State Assembly have participated in previous events. Only representatives who are currently in office will be allowed to participate in the event. The winner of last year’s race was Assembly Member Joe DeStefano.
In addition to that, the MGM Yonkers International Trot will be held on Saturday, October 15, 2022. The US$500,000 Robert Miecuna Invitation Race is one of the races that will be part of the meet in 2022. Before the start of the unprecedented situation, this will be the track’s first international trot since 2019.
Local non-profits are being helped out
A few days ago, Empire City Casino announced that it would be donating over 100,000 dollars to eight local non-profit organizations. The casino’s employee and guest-funded Community Grants Program have accumulated the money. The grants were given to organizations that provide crucial services in the core of the company’s philanthropy areas and its staff members.
The eight organizations are Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York, the United Way of Westchester & Putnam, the Greyston Foundation, VISIONS/Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired, BronxWorks, and the Guidance Center of Westchester. Each organization received a large cheque which will be used to fund its social purpose activities.
The United States trotting association said that New York State Legislators would compete in live races.