Last week, a state court judge found that a thoroughbred racetrack and video lottery terminal facility (commonly known as a “racino”) does not have any legal grounds for challenging the state’s granting of a license for a commercial casino 25 miles away.
Finger Lakes Gaming and Racetrack filed the lawsuit, arguing that the state casino siting board failed to consider how the proposed Lago casino in nearby Tyre would impact other gambling facilities when it endorsed Lago’s application for a casino license.
An Acting Supreme Court Justice based in Albany found that the state’s casino law makes no mention of protecting existing racinos.
The $425 million Lago Resort & Casino, one of three commercial casino proposals recommended last fall by the casino siting board, faces other challenges before it can open. Last month, the facility owners suspended construction after a state Appellate Court ruled that the environmental review undertaken by the Tyre Town Board was inadequate.