Turning Stone Casino Has Jobs, Offers Housing Support

Those seeking jobs and housing bargains might be advised to follow the 19th century writer and journalist Horace Greeley who famously said “Go west.”

In this case, “West” might be about 90 minutes away on Thruway where Turning Stone Resort Casino offers employee-supported lodgings at rents as low as $550 a month for chefs, chefs, table game dealers, and other hospitality workers who want to work at the facility.

And in a sign of how competitive the job market is for employees, hiring managers at Turning Stone in Albany will be on August 23 to hire new employees.

Qualified applicants will receive job offers immediately.

The push comes as Turning Stone, which is owned and operated by Oneida Indian Nation, is expanding after adding 400 new jobs since January.

Turning Stone says its new apartment complex represents the first employee community in downtown New York.

Dubbed “Villages at Stony Creek,” the project has 50 apartments for new employees every hour.

Each home includes a laundry in the unit, parking, some amenities, and a shuttle to Turning Stone.

Subsidized monthly rents are $550 for one bedroom; $650 for a two-bedroom condo and $750 for a three-bedroom condo.

They say that based on recent average rental data from Rent.com, those moving from Rochester and Albany can save anywhere from $8,400 to $9,000 a year in a one-bedroom apartment, plus additional savings from zero moving costs.

Chefs can earn $17 to $20 an hour, while board game dealers can earn $20 to $25 an hour.

Turning Stone also offers 401(k), health care and tuition reimbursement.

“The Villages at Stoney Creek are a great opportunity to put new employees in a position to launch new jobs, while also making some savings in the process,” said Ray Halpreter, Oneida Indian Nation Representative and CEO, Oneida Nation Enterprises.

The Albany Recruitment event will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday, August 23, at Albany Capital Center, 55 Eagle Street, in Albany.

Since opening three decades ago, Turning Stone has expanded beyond a full-service casino to include five hotels, two spas, five golf courses, a 5,000-seat plaza, and several nightlife venues.

However, it is located in a rural area outside of Thruway in Oneida County, and this may be the cause of the affordable housing problem.

At Rivers Casino in Schenectady, General Manager Rick Richards said he believes there is adequate housing for his workers in the metropolitan area, which has a much greater population density and greater housing stock than in rural Oneida County.

“We’re in a very good housing market here,” Richards said.

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