President & Chief Operating Officer
Empire City Casino
Yonkers, New York 10704
Dear Mr. Clinton:
I write as a concerned Yonkers citizen, and as a candidate for Yonkers City Council District 3.
You may be aware that Dennis Robertson, one of the people currently publicly vying for the District 3 seat, has a cleaning contract with Empire City.
As a lifelong resident of Yonkers, I am fully aware and appreciative of MGM Resorts International and MGM Growth Properties LLC’s considerable contributions to our community, and their ongoing interests in partnering and working with the Yonkers public. But I ask you to consider the implicit conflict in interest that Mr. Robertson’s candidacy for City Council presents for MGM.
First, MGM Resorts International works either directly or indirectly with the city, state, and county government, where decisions are made that can have significant impact the business conducted at Empire City. Mr. Robertson is currently a city hall employee which itself is a conflict of interest.
Second, Mr. Robertson, in the course of campaigning for City Council, would almost certainly be in the position of discussing these items. As Empire City is a lucrative pay check for Mr. Robertson, it’s highly unlikely he would be able and willing to have honest conversations with the public about these issues.
I therefore urge you to consider ways to avoid this implicit problem with the business of our city, and the very functions of our democratic system.
Candidate for Yonkers City Council District 3