UPDATE 12/23/14: Traditions announced it will be supporting Tioga Downs for the true Southern Tier casino license. Senator Libous, along with other State representatives, will be submitting a formal request for reconsideration to the New York State Gaming Commission.
In response to Wednesday’s bad news, Senator Libous called on the Governor, the New York State Gaming Commission and its appointed Gaming Facility Location Board to reconsider the Southern Tier's two applications for the fourth authorized casino license.
“I’m stunned at the Gaming Facility Location Board’s decision to deny a casino to the true Southern Tier in Johnson City or Nichols,” said Senator Libous. “The chosen Tyre site is closer to Canada than it is to Binghamton.”
“I was not part of the independent casino siting process. It's clear the people I represent lost out on much-needed jobs and opportunity,” said Senator Libous. “That's what I'm asking for: give the true Southern Tier a chance.”
The original casino siting legislation that Senator Libous supported allows up to two licenses in each region.
New York State will not invest any money into any of the casinos; they are funded solely by private investment.