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Photo Gallery: New York-New York’s new ambassador is Vinny Blue


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Vinny Blue (Tom Cassell) wins the title of resort spokesman at New York-New York on Nov. 23, 2009.

New York-New York Ambassador Vinny Blue

Vinny Blue (Tom Cassell) wins the title of resort spokesman at New York-New York on Nov. 23, 2009. Launch slideshow »

New York-New York announced today the winner of the Vinny vs. Vinny spokesman competition. After weeks of spirited challenges, New York-New York’s guests, voting at the property and online, have declared Vinny Blue (actor Tom Cassell) victorious, crowning him the ultimate go-to guy for all things New York-New York.

As the official spokesman, Vinny will embody New York-New York and will be a hands-on ambassador and host, available to tell guests where to go, what to do, what’s hot and what’s not, in an honest, no-apologies New York kind of way. Our contributing photographer Erik Kabik captured the announcement today.

“Thousands of you voted throughout this very close competition,” said Cynthia Kiser Murphey, president and COO of New York-New York. “Now it’s time for your chosen Vinny to get to work, making sure each and every guest has the time of their life here at New York-New York.”

From Oct. 20 through Nov. 12, the Vinnys -- Vinny Blue and Vinny Red (actor Jon Paul Raniola) -- battled for votes by competing in contests, including a Nathan’s Hot Dog eating contest, an arcade challenge at ESPN Zone and an Irish jig showdown at Nine Fine Irishmen. Additionally, the Vinnys took to the casino floor daily.

Ready to jump in and embrace his new title, Vinny Blue took to the stage and said, “Today is a new day at New York-New York, and I’d like to welcome everyone down to the hotel for a big celebration. The party is happening every day, so come see this native New Yorker and learn why New York-New York is the place to hang on the Las Vegas Strip.”

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