June 5th, 2017


Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board
Commonwealth Tower, Strawberry Square
303 Walnut Street, 5th Floor
Harrisburg, PA 17101


Doug Harbach or Richard McGarvey (717) 346-8321

The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board Mourns the Death of Commissioner Ahmeenah Young

HARRISBURG, PA:   The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board is mourning the death of Board member Ahmeenah Young. Young passed away on Friday June 2nd in her Philadelphia home. She was 69.

"We are deeply saddened by the death of our colleague," said Gaming Control Board Chairman David Barasch. "Ahmeenah was a valued member of the Board and she will be sorely missed. Her warmth, quick wit, kindness to all and ability to contribute to the Gaming Control Board’s casino oversight role in a meaningful way will be greatly missed.  Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends."

Kevin O’Toole, Gaming Control Board Executive Director, added, "Ahmeenah’s death is a heartbreak for her family and a great loss to the Gaming Control Board. During the brief time she served on the Board, I and our employees in the agency greatly appreciated her wisdom and valuable opinions on matters that came before the Board."

Young was appointed to the Board on October 7, 2016 by Governor Tom Wolf.

About the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board:

The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board is tasked to oversee all aspects of the state’s casino industry. There are 10 stand-alone and racetrack casinos in operation, along with the two smaller resort casinos.  These facilities collectively employ 18,000 people and annually generate approximately $1.4 billion in tax revenue from slot machine and table games play. The largest portion of that money is used for property tax reduction to all Pennsylvania homeowners.

Additional information about both the PGCB’s regulatory efforts and Pennsylvania’s casino gaming industry can be found at You can also follow the agency on Twitter by choosing @PAGamingControl.