New York: Yonkers City Council urges state lawmakers to allow sports betting for Empire City Peter Katz, Westfair Online · March 25, 2020 at 3:28 pm The Yonkers City Council has passed a resolution urging the New York State Legislature and Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo to allow sports betting at the two downstate casinos, MGM’s Empire City in Yonkers and Resorts World in Queens. The move came just three days before Empire City voluntarily closed because of the COVID-19 outbreak. Both Empire City and Resorts World were among the businesses in New York state subsequently ordered closed as part of the effort to enforce social distancing in the hope of slowing the spread of the virus. The city council’s resolution was adopted unanimously. It had been sponsored by Council Minority Leader Mike Breen.