Empire Resorts Provides Update on the Concord-Empire Resort Project

MONTICELLO, N.Y.--()--Empire Resorts, Inc. (NASDAQ: NYNY) has been informed that its joint venture partner, Concord Associates L.P. , has received approval from The Thompson Planning Board to proceed with construction of the Concord-Empire Hotel and Casino project in phases. Under the amended site plan, a 500-room resort hotel, casino, spa and race track would be built during the first phase, which is expected to occur within the next 18 to 24 months. Future phases would encompass construction of the ballrooms, the 1000-seat theater, the 7,500-seat multi-purpose entertainment center and up to 4,000 spaces in two parking garages.

Construction at the site is proceeding with the foundations poured for both the casino and hotel.

About Empire Resorts, Inc.

Empire Resorts operates the Monticello Gaming & Raceway and is involved in the development of another gaming resort project in the Catskills. Additional information can be found at www.empiresorts.com.

About Cappelli Enterprises

Cappelli Enterprises is a leading real estate developer and general contractor in the Northeast. Headquartered in Valhalla, NY, the company has built more than 10 million square feet of mixed use, retail, waterfront, residential, office building, laboratory and parking facilities. Cappelli has been the driving force behind the dramatic revivals of downtown White Plains and downtown New Rochelle. In White Plains, the company's developments include the highly successful 1 million-square-foot City Center complex including the sold-out Trump Tower, Westchester's first luxury high-rise condominium and Renaissance Square, which features The Ritz-Carlton, Westchester hotel and the The Residences at The Ritz-Carlton, Westchester condominium towers. In downtown New Rochelle, Cappelli is developing Trump Plaza, a 34-story luxury condominium tower, and is in the final stages of city review for LeCount Square, a 1,150,000-square-foot mixed-use development featuring retail, office, residential and hotel uses. Cappelli is undertaking a $50 million reconfiguration of the New Roc City entertainment center into a major retail hub that will include Target and another national retail department store as anchor tenants. www.cappelli-inc.com

Statements in this press release regarding the company's business that are not historical facts are "forward-looking statements" that involve risks and uncertainties, including the need for regulatory and contractual approvals, financing and successful completion of construction. The company wishes to caution readers not to place undue reliance on such forward-looking statements, which statements are made pursuant to the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1994, and as such, speak only as of the date made. To the extent the content of this press release includes forward-looking statements, they involve various risks and uncertainties including (i) the risk that the Company’s proposed joint venture with Concord Associates is not completed or the Company is not able to develop a racino at the joint venture property; (ii) the risk that financing necessary for the proposed programs or projects may not be able to be obtained because of credit factors, market conditions or other contingencies, (iii) the risk that regulatory or contractual approvals are not obtained, (iv) the risk of non-compliance by various counterparties of the related agreements, and (iv) general risks affecting the company as described from time to time in it's reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. For a full discussion of such risks and uncertainties, which could cause actual results to differ from those contained in the forward-looking statements, see "Risk Factors" in the company's Annual Report or Form 10-K for the most recently ended fiscal year.

Contacts

Empire Resorts:
Charles A. Degliomini, 845-807-0001
Senior VP, Communications & Government Relations
or
Investors:
Lippert/Heilshorn & Associates, Inc.
Jody Burfening, 212-838-3777
jburfening@lhai.com

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Contacts

Empire Resorts:
Charles A. Degliomini, 845-807-0001
Senior VP, Communications & Government Relations
or
Investors:
Lippert/Heilshorn & Associates, Inc.
Jody Burfening, 212-838-3777
jburfening@lhai.com