Clergy members call on lawmakers to stop sale of Empire City to MGM

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Clergy from Westchester and around the state are calling on lawmakers to stop the sale of Empire City Casino to MGM Resorts.

A small coalition gathered outside Empire City on Yonkers Avenue to voice their concerns Thursday.

They say until MGM drops a lawsuit it filed against the shooting victims of a 2017 Las Vegas mass shooting, the Empire City sale shouldn't go through.

"Their current lawsuit against almost 1,000 victims of the Las Vegas massacre raises serious red flags about what kind of partner they would be in this community,” says Minister Kirsten Foy, of Arc Of Justice.

MGM's lawsuit claims under federal law, it has no liability to the survivors or families of the shooting massacre.

A gunman staying at the MGM-owned Mandalay Bay fired on concertgoers, killing nearly 60 people.

In a statement, MGM Resorts said, “ All lawsuits relating to Oct. 1 are currently stayed, and have been that way since late October, so that MGM and attorneys for the victims can enter into mediation which we hope will lead to a fair and timely resolution. MGM Resorts has a proud and strong reputation as a good community partner, creating jobs, economic development and paths to the middle class for thousands of employees. We look forward to being good corporate citizens and neighbors in the Yonkers community.”

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