Just one group has applied for a casino license in the state’s Southern Tier region.

Last December, when the state’s casino siting board announced that the “Southern Tier” casino license would be awarded to the Lago Resort & Casino in Seneca County, there was an outcry among those in the “true” Southern Tier.  Shortly thereafter, Gov. Cuomo directed the Gaming Commission to issue a new Request for Applications for a “true” Southern Tier casino.

The sole bidder for that license is Tioga Downs, located in Nichols, NY, whose original application was rejected.  The owner of that facility submitted a revised proposal for a $195 million casino that would include 1,000 slot machines, 50 blackjack and roulette tables, and a 161-room hotel with six restaurants. [Read more about their application here.]

On Monday, the Gaming Commission approved a set of rules which are expected to allow the state to begin issuing casino licenses.  The earliest the Commission could adopt those rules in September 30th.