On Tuesday, January 13th, the Location Board will meet to discuss reopening the casino license application process in only the Southern Tier region. Applications from any other regions will not be accepted.
"This is encouraging news for a casino license in the true Southern Tier," said Senator Libous. "I hope the Gaming Commission and Location Board move swiftly in the coming weeks. Our community deserves this opportunity and we need these jobs."
Below are the full statements:
My fellow Commissioners and I have reviewed the Governor's December 26, 2014 letter asking the Gaming Commission and the Gaming Facility Location Board to consider issuing a new Request for Application for the fourth and remaining gaming facility license in the Southern Tier.
We are grateful for the diligence and professionalism of the Gaming Facility Location Board and their impressive commitment to public service.
The intent of the gaming statute was to benefit economically distressed Upstate areas experiencing high levels of unemployment. Clearly, the Southern Tier meets this criterion. A process to generate new proposals focused on the Southern Tier may create an additional opportunity to identify an appropriately structured and capitalized gaming facility that could bring the region important economic development and employment.
I have spoken with Gaming Facility Location Board Chairman Kevin Law and told him the Commission looks forward to working with the Board on this matter.
Statement from Gaming Facility Location Board Chairman Kevin Law:
I have reviewed the Governor's letter with my fellow Board members. We all agree that our recommendation of Lago for the Eastern Southern Tier/Finger Lakes Region was appropriate and that it would not have been appropriate to recommend either of the remaining regional Applicants as submitted last year.
Nevertheless, we are willing to entertain the Governor's request to issue a new Request for Application for this region, given the recommendation of Lago in the Finger Lakes region could encourage proposals from new applicants in the Southern Tier region. However, the Board will not consider opening up either the Catskills/Hudson Valley Region or the Capital Region to additional Applications.
Accordingly, we plan to hold a meeting on the evening of January 13 in Manhattan to discuss this matter and review our final findings and report from our December 17, 2014 selections.