Resorts World Casino NYC Announces August Promotions & Events

Enjoy the last month of summer at Resorts World Casino New York City  (RWCNYC) for a chance to win big! In August, RWCNYC is offering a variety of daily exciting promotions, entertainment events and art exhibits.

As baseball action heats up and football pre-season kicks off, Bar 360 is the place to be for all the action, on the largest screen anywhere! When the game ends, the excitement continues, with free nightly entertainment, from 9 pm – midnight, including:

  • Latin Tuesdays—come for salsa lessons at 8:30 pm and stick around for live performances!
  • Tribute Wednesdays—your favorite bands and genres are paid tribute to by various performers!
  • Throwback Thursdays—it’s the music of the 60s, 70s, 80s and more!
  • Friday Night Weekend Kick off—It’s a night of bands, DJs, Dancers and special performers, from 9 pm – 2 am.
  • Saturday Nights Are LOL Nights!—our new Comedy Nights continue every Saturday, with popular, local comedians and DJs, starting at 9 pm. Then the music continues with DJs keeping the action going until 2 am!
  • Sunday Monthly Jazz—Join us on August 27 from 4 – 7 pm for MattViolinist, as we pay tribute to the home of jazz, Queens.

Our Friday nights in August feature legendary artists at Bar 360, from 11:30 pm – midnight:

  • Blue Magic on August 11
  • Groundbreaking hip hop star Rob Base on August 18
  • The Review on August 25   

During the month of August, RWCNYC will also feature several promotions including an Early Bird Bonus, GR 50+ Club, Earn & Get Scratch Off, Moonlight Earn and Get, and Emerald Green 8’s Scratch Off:

  • Early Bird Bonus – guests earning 50 points while playing any game can redeem a voucher for $15 in free play every Friday – Thursday from 10 am – 3 pm. If points are earned on consecutive days, guests receive a $5 increment on their free play, up to $45.
  • GR 50+ Club – Every Tuesday in August, guests 50+ years or older earning 50 points receive $15 in free play from 10 am – 4 pm. If they earn 50 points between noon – 6 pm they receive a voucher for a $10 food voucher. This promotion will also occur on Senior Citizens’ Day—Monday, August 21st.
  • Earn & Get Scratch Off Promotion—the first 800 guests earning 50 points who print out a voucher receive a free scratch off between noon – 3 pm every Thursday in August.
  • Moonlight Earn & Get—guests earning 80 points between 9 pm – 2 am receive $20 free play every Monday in August.
  • Earn and Get Summer Gift—the first 1,000 guests earning 50 points who print out a voucher will receive a free gift between noon – 4 pm on August 11th and 25th.
  • Earn and Get Scratch Off— the first 800 guests who earn 50 points who print a voucher receive a free $5 NY Lottery Emerald Green 8’s scratch off between noon – 3 pm on Thursdays from August 3 – 24.

Finally, through September 30th RWCNYC is hosting the Red Wall Gallery exhibit, “Carnival in the City.” The artwork, which celebrates the West Indian Day Parade also known as the Labor Day Parade, will be displayed on both levels of the Casino’s gallery. The Times Square level features photos of traditional costumes worn during the festivities, while the Fifth Avenue level has photos of the J’ouvert celebration from past years.


JACL art workshops registration is open

The Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning has now opened registration for their Art Center Workshops for the Fall 2017 semester.

Workshop prices for the 12-week classes range from $170 for dance/movement/drama/music workshops to $200 for visual and digital arts and keyboard workshops.

For the full class schedule, visit their website at


Google hosts computer science event

Google joined Assemblywoman Alicia Hyndman on Wednesday to visit PS 15 Jackie Robinson School in St. Albans to deliver CS First Roadshow, a computer science education presentation.

Two Google employees spoke to and taught students about problem solving and technical coding skills through interactive activities.

They encouraged the students to develop an interest in computer science education by giving them real-life examples of how coding and STEM education can lead to educational opportunities and careers.

“The tech industry is projected to grow significantly in the near future. Students in our community need to be ready for the careers and opportunities of the 21st century,” Hyndman said.

“Kids are exposed to technology at such an early age, but don’t necessarily get to learn about why computer science should be an important part of their lives, both now and in the future,” said Google spokesperson Carley Graham Garcia. “We want the next generation of students to be able to create technology, not just consume it.”


Councilman Ruben Wills found guilty on public corruption charges

New York City Councilman Ruben Wills, who represents the 28th district in Queens, was found guilty of public corruption charges yesterday in state court.

Following an 11-day trial, the jury found Wills guilty on five of six counts related to Will’s theft of approximately $30,000 in public campaign funds and state grant money, according to State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.

Those  charges were: one count of a scheme to defraud in the 1st degree, two counts of grand larceny in the 3rd degree, and two counts of filing a false instrument in the 1st degree.

“Ruben Wills’ crimes were a shameful violation of the public trust,”said Schneiderman. “Now, after a conviction by a jury of his peers, Ruben Wills will face the consequences,”

“Ruben Wills stole taxpayer dollars to buy fancy purses and clothes for himself and his friends,” he added. “New Yorkers deserved better. Today’s conviction is another important step in our efforts to clean up New York politics and give voters the representation they deserve.”

State prosecutors argued that Wills used public matching funds from his 2009 campaign to pay $11,500 to Micro Targeting, a shell company purportedly created to translate and distribute campaign literature.

They said that money was instead directed to a non-profit called NY 4 Life, which Wills controlled.

Wills then allegedly withdrew the money and made a series of purchases, including a $750 Louis Vuitton handbag.

Prosecutors also detailed how Wills used $21,000 in state grant funds for personal and political expenses.

Sentencing is scheduled for August 10. Wills faces up to seven years in prison and will be automatically expelled from the City Council at sentencing.


Resorts World Casino broke ground on $400 million expansion

Today, Resorts World Casino New York City gave a first glimpse into a $400 million expansion.
The expansion, expected to be completed by mid-2019, will include a 400-room luxury hotel, four new dining outlets including a restaurant headed by a celebrity chef, retail stores offering local products as well as space to accommodate new gaming and first to market products.
Elected officials joined Scott Molina, President of Resorts World Casino NYC, for a breaking ground ceremony.
“The expansion will serve as an economic engine for our local community and the State, create more good-paying jobs for local residents and generate significant revenue for New York State’s Lottery Education Fund.”

Read next week’s issue of the Leader Observer for the full story.


Movie screening on the beach this Friday

Looking to relax and spend some quality with your kids?
The Movie Nights in the Rockaways program will screen the Disney hit “Moana” on Friday, July 14.

The film centers around an adventurous teenager who sails out on a daring mission to save her people. During her journey, Moana meets the once-mighty demigod Maui, who guides her in her quest to become a master way-finder. Together they sail across the open ocean on an action-packed voyage, encountering enormous monsters and impossible odds.

Refreshments will be served. Don’t forget to bring a chair or blanket.

The screening will take place on the sand at Beach 59th Street in Rockaway Beach and Boardwalk from 8p.m. to 10 p.m.


Double Homicide in Jamaica

Hours after July 4th celebrations rang through the city, police from the 103rd Precinct found three people shot at 107-07 170th Street in Jamaica.
The shooting occurred at 3:38 a.m. on Wednesday, July 5th.
A 27-year-old woman sustained a gunshot wound to the head and was pronounced dead at the scene. Two men, ages 28 and 32, were taken to Jamaica Hospital. The 28-year-old was pronounced dead after succumbing to multiple gunshot wounds to his back. The 32-year-old, who suffered a gunshot wound to his right arm, is currently listed in stable condition.
The investigation into the shooting is ongoing and police haven’t made any arrests.


Miller allocates funding for cultural institutions

Councilman I. Daneek Miller announced that his council district has secured more than $700,00 for cultural programming for youth, seniors and other residents.

“Southeast Queens has a rich cultural history and I am proud to be able to play a role in ensuing it continues to thrive,” he said. “The cultural institutions in our community play a vital part in the quality of life we all enjoy as they continue to teach, entertain and enrich residents of all ages.”

Through the Council’s Coalition of Theaters of Color initiative, local groups like the Black Spectrum Theatre Company, Afrikan Poetry Theatre and the Caribbean American Repertory Theatre all received additional funding.

Other institutions that received funding include:

  • A Better Jamaica
  • Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning
  • Arts at Henson Parks
  • CUNY Creative Arts
  • Cultural Collaborative Jamaica
  • Queensborough College Performing Arts Center
  • Marquis Studios
  • Museum of the Moving Image
  • New York Hall of Science
  • Creative Jazz Organization, Inc.
  • Braata Productions
  • JazzMobile, Inc.
  • King Manor Museum
  • Onipa Abusia Temple, Inc.

City Hall comes to Queens

Mayor de Blasio is bringing City Hall to Queens next month.

De Blasio and Borough President Melinda Katz announced that the administration will run the city from Borough Hall for a week, starting on July 17.

They will host a cabinet meeting, resource fairs, town halls and other events focused on Queens.

“In Queens, we will continue focusing city resources on the borough’s most pressing needs,” de Blasio said.


South Queens leader appointed to NYRA

George Russo

Local community leader George Russo was appointed to the New York Racing Association Board of Directors today.

Russo’s appointment was recommended by Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato and confirmed by Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie.

The appointment gives South Queens residents a voice on the Board that oversees thoroughbred racing at New York’s three major racetracks, Aqueduct Racetrack, Belmont Park and Saratoga Race Course.

Russo graduated from St. John’s University in Queens in 1979 and  obtained his law degree from New York Law School in 1982.  He served as Assistant District Attorney for Queens County from 1983 to 1985. Since 1985, Russo has been in private practice, specializing in real estate law, foreclosure, immigration law, and more.  From 1983 through 1989, he served on the Community School Board for District 27, including a stint as President from 1985 – 1986.  He has served on the Board of the Boys and Girls Club of Metro Queens since 2001, serving as President from 2007 to 2014.  He helped found and has served as co-President of the Intra-Community Civic Association since 2010.

“This is a true honor,” Russo said.  “The Aqueduct is a vital piece of Queens’s economy, just as Belmont is for Long Island and Saratoga Springs is for the Capital District.  It’s not a simple operation, but it’s a community institution and it’s one for which we need real caring and oversight.  There are many things to gain from a strong partnership between NYRA and our communities, and I’m proud to be one of 17 directors tasked with making that happen.  I’d like to thank Stacey, Speaker Heastie and the Assembly for their confidence, and I’m excited to get started.”