Last Thursday, Tioga Downs racino owner Jeff Gural made his pitch to the Casino Siting Board to receive the license for what would be the state’s fourth commercial casino license.
Tioga Downs, which was not awarded to license when the Siting Board made its initial recommendations in last 2014, is the only entity seeking a casino license for the Southern Tier. The presentation highlighted the changes to its application, which include a $32 million increase in equity investment, a 12,000-seat outdoor concert venue and a 161-room hotel that is larger than what they originally proposed.
The Siting Board will be holding a public hearing on Tioga Downs’ casino proposal on Sept. 18 at SUNY Broome in Binghamton.
We hope that the Siting Board get it right this time, and recommends that this facility receive a commercial casino license. Commercial gambling won’t save the region’s economy, but it will at least pout some people to work while the effort to grow jobs in the region continues.