Governor backs Southern Tier casino, asks for reopened bidding

Saying the Southern Tier could benefit greatly from new jobs and economic development, Governor Cuomo is urging the state Gaming Commission to reopen bidding for a casino in the Southern Tier.

Gannett Albany Bureau Chief Joe Spector first reported the letter to the commission and the casino siting board late Friday. In the letter, Cuomo said the officials should start a process to accept new applications for the fourth and final casino license in the “true Southern Tier” after the region was passed over Dec. 17 for a facility in the Finger Lakes.

“Indeed, as this would be the last license issued in New York state, it may excite national competition by interested parties that submit even better applications than the first round,” Cuomo wrote.

“If you agree to this request, the (casino board) should quickly establish a process for the fourth license that could be complete as expeditiously as possible, as the Southern Tier needs jobs and investment now,” Cuomo wrote in the letter.

Cuomo’s letter comes after increased pressure from local leaders after two casino applicants in the Southern Tier — Tioga Downs in Nichols and Traditions resort in the Town of Union, Broome County — lost to a casino proposal in Tyre, Seneca County, more than one hour away.

Read the full article from the Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin