“Email Mishap Sparks Tensions in New York Casino Competition”
A recent mishap involving an email has caused quite a stir in the competition for a casino license in New York. According to a report in The New York Times, a lobbyist for the New York Mets owner Steve Cohen accidentally sent an email to the wrong recipient, sparking a series of events that have captured the attention of local media.
The email in question was intended for Edward Tracy, the CEO of Hard Rock Asia, but instead ended up in the inbox of Tracey Edwards, the Senior Vice President Corporate Social Responsibility Officer for Sands New York. The email also went to Cohen’s Chief of Staff and the Senior VP of Business & Casino Development of Hard Rock. In the email, the lobbyist was discussing his efforts to speak with officials at Hofstra University regarding their stance on a proposed casino project.
When the mistake was revealed, supporters of the Sands casino project jumped on the opportunity to question the legality and ethics of the communication. This prompted the President of Hofstra University to deny any contact with the lobbyist or Cohen’s team, leading to further scrutiny from local officials. The Nassau County Legislature issued subpoenas to the university president and the County Executive held a press conference to address the potential collusion.
Legal experts have weighed in on the situation, with some questioning the legality of the communications between Cohen’s team and Hofstra University. However, government lawyer Bennett Liebman has stated that while it may be perceived as unethical, it is unlikely to be illegal.
The incident comes at a pivotal time in the competition for casino licenses in downstate New York. With only three licenses available and several strong contenders in the running, tensions are running high. In addition to the Cohen/Hard Rock and Sands proposals, there are other potential projects vying for the valuable license.
The email mishap has certainly raised the stakes in the competition, and it remains to be seen how it will impact the outcome of the casino race in New York.