“One of the major advantages of a community college is its ability to respond directly to an industry’s needs,” explained Dr. Karin Hilgersom, president of SUNY-Sullivan. “Our collaboration with Empire is a prime example of this and would result in customized instruction specifically related to the many types of jobs within a casino and resort. We will be extremely pleased to partner with Empire in the development of a highly-skilled workforce that will directly contribute to the economic ‘re-development’ of Sullivan County.”Sullivan County Legislator Cora Edwards, an advocate for better employment opportunities, welcomed the announcement. ”The New York State Gaming Facility Location Board has identified job training as a key component,” she said. “This SUNY Sullivan training program will help reverse chronic unemployment in the county. I congratulate Empire Resorts and SUNY-Sullivan for taking this important step in securing a plan to prepare our local work force for future jobs in Sullivan County.” About Empire Empire Resorts, Inc. owns and operates, through its subsidiary Monticello Raceway Management, Inc., the Monticello Casino and Raceway, a harness racing track and casino located in Monticello, New York, and is 90 miles from midtown Manhattan. For additional information, please visit http://www.empireresorts.com. Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward Looking Information Statements in this press release regarding the company’s business that are not historical facts are “forward-looking statements” that may involve material risks and uncertainties. The company wishes to caution readers not to place undue reliance on such forward-looking statements, which statements are made pursuant to the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1994, and as such, speak only as of the date made. For a full discussion of risks and uncertainties, which could cause actual results to differ from those contained in the forward-looking statements, see “Risk Factors” in the company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the most recently ended fiscal year, as amended, as well as the company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the most recently ended fiscal quarter. The proposed partnership and the development of a future comprehensive training program are contingent upon certain events and may not occur.