AMODEO AND POLISTINA LAUD SELECTION OF AC ALLIANCE CEO

NORTHFIELD ? Assemblymen John Amodeo and Vince Polistina today lauded the selection of Liza Cartmell as chief executive officer of the Atlantic City Alliance (ACA), a non-profit corporation dedicated to the marketing of Atlantic City?s casino industry and the promotion of its tourism district.

?The revitalization of Atlantic City has taken another giant step forward,? stated Amodeo, R-Atlantic. ?Ms. Cartmell?s vast experience in the sports and entertainment industry will serve her well in the Alliance?s efforts to promote Atlantic City as a total destination resort. The selection of Ms. Cartmell as ACA CEO and the recent naming of John Palmieri as new Executive Director of the CRDA (Casino Reinvestment Development Authority) is a winning combination that positions us for success as we work to restore Atlantic City as a world class resort town.?

?Ms. Cartmell is a visionary whose leadership and innovative initiatives helped transform the way the sports and entertainment industry does business,? noted Polistina, R-Atlantic. ?As we well know, Atlantic City?s tourism and gaming industries are crucial to our region?s and our state?s economic health. I have every confidence Ms. Cartmell will rise to this unique challenge in order to position our great city for sustained success for the greater good.?

The announcement of Cartmell as ACA CEO was made today by Don Marrandino, ACA chair, at a press conference at Boardwalk Hall. It was hosted by the Greater Atlantic City Chamber.

The two Atlantic County legislators? efforts to turn around the slumping city are beginning to pay dividends as overall revenue at Atlantic City?s 11 casinos fell less than 1 percent for September, an encouraging sign that the gaming industry?s five-year slump may be over. Five of the 11 casinos had revenue increases last month.

Amodeo and Polistina are the sponsors of legislation (S-11 and S-12) Gov. Christie signed into law earlier this year that tasked the CRDA with creating a tourism district in Atlantic City in an effort to streamline casino regulations and revitalize the gaming city. The ACA is the corporate arm of the public-private partnership while the CRDA oversees operation of the district.

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