Both sides mum as Ameristar’s Missouri exec departs

February 26, 2002 7:49 AM
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Missouri operations under John V. Finamore proved to be shining stars for Ameristar Casinos Inc. (ASCA) so it was puzzling to analysts over the weekend when the company announced that Finamore “is no longer employed as president of Missouri operations.”

Finamore, who wore the stripes of Station Casinos Inc. (STN) while that company operated the two riverboat facilities in Missouri, switched to Ameristar when Station’s sold its Missouri operations in Âí­December 2000.

Neither Finamore nor company officials would comment to reporters when questioned about the matter.

Meanwhile, the company acknowledged that Tony Taeubel had resigned his post as general manager of Ameristar’s riverboat casino in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Reportedly, Taeubel had accepted an executive position with an Indian casino in Mississippi.

Jim Baker has been appointed director of cage, credit and collections for The Palms Casino Resort. A 20-year-old industry veteran, Baker formerly was credit manager at Palace Station Hotel and Casino.

N.Y. Mayor Michael Bloomberg has tapped Raymond Casey to serve as president of the N.Y. City Off-track Betting Corp. Casey formerly was executive director of the New York Gambling Control Commission.

Charles Duffy, head of the lobbying group at Robinson & Cole, has been rehired to head the lobbying activities for the Mashantucket Pequot Indians, operator of Foxwoods Resort. In 1992, Duffy, working for the Pequots, helped negotiate an agreement with then Gov. Lowell Weicker that provided the State of Connecticut with 25% of slots revenue for the exclusive rights to operate slot machines in that state.

Edward H. Gant, a union leader with International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, has been named head of the N.J. Casino Âí­Reinvestment Development Authority by Gov. James E. McGreevey. He replaces Fredrick Nickles whose term expires in June.