As Students Head Back to School, an Historic Source of Education Funding Continues to Provide

As New York’s 2.7 million students head back to their classrooms, they’ve got school supplies and homework on their minds. It’s unlikely anyone in the state, from Allegany to Suffolk counties, is thinking about the downstate destination that continues to fund New York’s education coffers. Similarly, fall means football to many. And while football fans across the state know the Rooney name from the legendary Pittsburgh Steelers, few likely know it is the investment of Tim Rooney, son of Steelers founder Art J. Rooney, Sr., they can credit for generating nearly $25 million a month for New York State’s schools. Tim Rooney owns and operates Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway in Westchester County.

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