An advisory board for the Las Vegas Sands casino to be led by former Gov. David Paterson is taking shape as the casino begins to consider the expansion of table-top gaming in the New York City area.

The advisory group will include a cross-section of clergy, business leaders and civil rights leaders:

-Jim Heyliger, President, Association of Minority Enterprises of New York (AMENY)
-Bishop Troy DeCohane, President, United Black Clergy
-Reverend Phil Craig, Chairman, Greater Springfield Community Development Corp
-Reverend Johnnie Greene, President, MPAC
-Hazel Dukes, President, NAACP New York State Conference
-Mark O’Luck, CEO, Spectrum Personal Communications Corp
-Reverend Clinton Miller, Brooklyn Brown Memorial Baptist
-Dr. Carl L. Washington, Jr., President, Empire Baptist Missionary State Convention

The board is being formed with an eye toward jobs for minority and women own business community.

“With the expansion of gaming downstate, New York is facing a once in a lifetime jobs and economic development opportunity with tens of thousands of local accessible jobs, MWBE business opportunities and training programs for an at-risk workforce,” Paterson said in a statement. “To deliver the most revenue possible for New Yorkers, with no subsidies or tax credits, we need a competitive process to bring billions of dollars in immediate and sustainable revenue streams to the State to fund programmatic and policy priorities including public education, public transit modernization or affordable housing.”

It’s a key outreach for Sands in the New York market, whose CEO Sheldon Adelson is a prominent Republican donor.