Friday, January 9, 2015

Southern Tier Casino Rebid Stories

Gaming officials may bet on fourth license

New York gaming regulators are ready to play Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s hand and consider issuing a fourth casino license for the Southern Tier, despite remarks by a site location committee last month that they believed three was the optimum number of casinos that should be built upstate.

When the state’s gaming Facility Location Board in December said they would recommend licenses to the proposed Lago, Rivers and Montreign resorts in Tyre, Schenectady and Thompson respectively, they expressed fears that four casinos, as allowed by law, would be too many, raising the prospect that the facilities would cannibalize one another. Upstate already hosts casinos in sovereign Indian lands and bordering Pennsylvania already has some casinos up and running. | Read the entire story at timesunion.com



4th casino license under review

The state Gaming Commission is "reviewing" a request made by Gov. Andrew Cuomo last month to consider awarding a casino license in what the governor called the "true Southern Tier" after its selection of three licenses bypassed the region.

And while the commission's subsidiary Gaming Facility Location Board recommended three casino licenses to avoid too much competition, a Southern Tier bidder is downplaying the size of the facility he wants to build.. | Read the entire story at timesunion.com



Local casino applicants deserve our praise

When the casino applications were originally announced and being accepted, the Walsh and Gural families were submitting applications for a casino with the intention of helping the Southern Tier economically. Both spent considerable time and money trying to receive the recommendation for a license. | Read the entire story at Press & Sun-Bulletin



Casino License Hopefuls Band Together

A week after the state Gaming Facilities Location Board (GFLB) chose the Lago plan located in Tyre, NY out of three contenders for a state casino license in this area, losing bidders Traditions at the Glen and Tioga Downs joined forces to press Albany for a fourth license to be issued. Initially, the GFLB was slated to issue four licenses, one for each of four districts, but reneged on issuing a license to any casino in Orange County. On Dec. 17, the gaming board awarded permission to apply for a casino license to projects in Schenectady, Thompson, and Tyre. | Read the entire story at ithaca.com



Possible Fourth Casino License in NYS

Governor Cuomo asking the gaming commission to re-open the casino application process in the Southern Tier--which could help save Vernon downs. | Read the entire story at CNYhomepage.com



Governor Cuomo asks Gaming Commission to reopen fourth bid in the ‘true’ Southern Tier

Late Saturday, Dec. 27, it was announced that New York State’s Governor Andrew Cuomo submitted a letter to New York State’s Gaming Commission on Friday to re-open bidding within the ‘true’ Southern Tier Region for a fourth gaming license that was originally included for award with the passage of Proposition One on Nov. 5, 2013. | Read entire story at owegopennysaver.com



Cuomo asks casino board to award Southern Tier license

Just nine days after a state-appointed casino siting board passed over the Southern Tier for a casino license, which led to an outcry from politicians in the region, Governor Andrew Cuomo sent a letter to the board asking its members to reconsider their decision and grant another license to the economically depressed region. | Read entire story at capitalnewyork.com



Local politicians: Betrayed by Albany

Wednesday's decision to recommend a license for a Las Vegas-style casino to an operation in Seneca County came as a shock to the two local businesses whose bids fell short.
But it has local politicians scratching their heads as well. How could a place located nearly 100 miles from Binghamton be considered the Southern Tier? And how can the Southern Tier grab more of Albany's attention? | Read entire story at 12 WBNG Action News