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Cuomo: Reopen Casino Application for Southern Tier

Written By Editor on 12/29/14 | 12/29/14

Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced his support for allowing a casino near the Binghamton area. Even though the state Gaming Commission rejected a bid for a casino in the Southern Tier, the governor is now calling for one to be placed there.
"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."
This part of the state has the highest unemployment rate and was one of the few parts of the state with substantial support for fracking, which will soon be outlawed. Cuomo shifted his position on a Southern Tier casino after pressure from local lawmakers.

There was broad shock that none of the Southern Tier casino applications were approved, including among his backers:
Tioga Downs owner Jeff Gural was seething over being passed over, telling reporters after the announcement that he felt like a "fool" after he contributed $800,000 at Cuomo's behest last year to help a referendum pass that legalized casino gambling in New York.
There is no indication that a similar action will happen for the Capital Region.
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MerlinMedic said...

Let me get this straight: Jeff Gural "donates" $800,000 to have an idea Cuomo wants passed, gets snubbed by the folks making the decision, who are then told by Governor Cuomo to "reconsider" that decision. The only thing that is missing is a horse's head in someone's bed!

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