Religious leaders ask MGM to drop lawsuit against victims of Las Vegas mass shooting ahead of Empire City Casino deal

YONKERS – As the MGM deal in Yonkers to purchase Empire City Casino nears a close, neighbors are asking state leaders not to sign unless MGM drops their lawsuit against the victims of the Mandalay Bay Mass shooting in October 2017.

Clergy leaders in Yonkers and Westchester County do not want MGM entering their community if the lawsuit stands.

On October 1, 2017, the nation’s largest mass shooting occurred outside the Mandalay Bay Casino in Las Vegas. Mandalay Bay is owned by MGM. The casino giant filed a lawsuit in July 2018, for a judge to declare they have no liability to the survivors or victims since they obeyed federal law by hiring security certified by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Against Terror Attacks.

“It’s your domain, your security failed,” NAACP Pastor Frank Coleman said.

Clergy and community leaders in Westchester are angry with MGM’s response to the shooting.

MGM Casino is waiting for final approval from the New York Gaming Commission before they close their $850,000,000 purchase of Empire City Casino.

“The current lawsuit against the almost thousand victims of the Vegas massacre raises some serious red flags about what kind of partner they would be to this community,” Arc of Justice Minister Kirsten John Foy said.

Community leaders, like Foy, want state lawmakers to pressure MGM to drop the lawsuit before they sign off on the Yonkers Purchase.