QUEENS, NY (PIX11)—People cheered as they trotted through the doors at the new Resorts World Casino in Queens.
After a ribbon cutting ceremony, New York's first casino displayed its bright lights and Las Vegas feel. The casino's president says the opening is huge for New Yorkers.
"We have worked tirelessly on this," Mike Speller, the casino president said. "We broke ground on this facility one year ago today, and we promised we'd get it up in 365 days and we have done that."
People who came to the celebration say it also brings something else to the area. Jobs. 1,350 for the local community to be precise, but some people have raised concerns about opening the casino. Exploiting problems like gambling addiction and alcoholism have come into question, but Speller says they are prepared for the issues.
"We have a responsible gaming program we have built for years in our culture and specifically, for this organization, we have a partnership with the Council for Problem Gambling," Speller said.
This casino could be the beginning of other glitz and glam hot spots just like it if Gov. Cuomo decided to officially legalize all non-Indian casinos in New York.