Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 3:15:53 AM

Local News

Print Friendly | Bookmark and Share

Plans for a Casino in Binghamton if Proposition One Passes

(Source: Kate Thornton)

If voters pass Proposition One on Tuesday, it's possible that a Vegas-like casino could be built in Binghamton.
Chief Executive Officer of Vista Hospitality Ally Visram has a plan that he said will put Binghamton on the map.

"It'll bring people into Binghamton and make it into a destination.  It'll give you additional education funds.  It'll bring in the sales tax revenue.  It'll bring people into town," said Visram.

Vista Hospitality owns the Holiday Inn Arena and Quality Inn and Suites on the Vestal Parkway along with several other hotels in the United States and Canada.

Visram said between he and his brother, they have enough experience in the casino business to make their plan a successful one for the city.

The plan is to build a 50,000 to 75,000 thousand square foot casino in the City of Binghamton that includes 1,500 parking spaces, 1,100 slot games, 25 to 30 table games, and several restaurants.

"If Binghamton is approved, obviously it will put Binghamton on the map," said Visram.

Visram said they're considering two 20-25 acre parcels in the city, but couldn't disclose where.  He added that there are no plans to build a hotel, saying there are plenty of rooms in the current hotels in Downtown Binghamton to accommodate casino-goers.

Both Binghamton mayoral candidates are in favor of Proposition One.  As far as a casino here in Binghamton goes, they both said they're open to ideas.

"If anyone has any plan, if anyone has a proper location and a plan for it, I'd love to see it," said Democrat Mayoral Candidate Teri Rennia.

"I would be open to evaluating that concept, but I think I'd really need to see a detailed plan to make sure it was in the best interest of the city of Binghamton," said Republican Mayoral Candidate Rich David.

This bid would be in competition with Tioga Downs' plan to expand  by building a parking garage and a hotel. 

But, Visram feels Binghamton would have the upper hand because of its location compared to Nichols.

"Not too many people are  going to benefit from his expansion, whereas Binghamton is going to benefit much more than Tioga Downs would," said Visram.

The New York State Gaming Commission will appoint five people to a Facility Location Board.  They will decide what bid is entitled to the Southern Tier's casino license.

If the referendum passes Tuesday, it would go into effect January 1st.


View Related Articles: Binghamton or comment on this one below.

blog comments powered by Disqus

Back Back

Binghamton web design and website hosting by EFX internet  EFX internet

Additional Articles

Local Marathon Runner Talks About Boston Bombing VIEW VIDEO
On the first anniversary of the bombings at last year's Boston Marathon, Fox 40 News talked live with Emily Piza-Taylor, who ran in Marathon last year, and heard the bombs going off.  Piza-Taylor,... more

Chemung Dog Dispute VIEW VIDEO
In Chemung County, police say a man is in trouble for firing a shot during a dispute over a dog:   21 year old Naquan U. Moore, of 150 Harriet Street, Elmira became involved in an argument with... more

DUI Patrols in Susquehanna County This Weekend VIEW VIDEO
Pennsylvania State Police are warning motorists that there will be increased drunk driving patrols in Susquehanna County, this weekend:   They say that's because they are seeing a high rate of... more

New York Joins National Popular Vote Compact VIEW VIDEO
New York has joined ten other states and the District of Columbia in what's called the National Popular Vote Compact.   Under the agreement, New York would award all 29 of its electoral votes to... more

'Cirque Dreams Rocks' at the Forum VIEW VIDEO
Acrobats, contortionists, quick-change artists, singers and more! --all right here in Binghamton. That was the scene Tuesday night at the Forum in downtown Binghamton as performers put on... more

Man Charged with Homicide in Fatal Crash VIEW VIDEO
Police in Pennsylvania have made an arrest in a September crash that killed a six month old. Zachary Larue, 21, of Kingsley, PA is facing numerous charges including homicide by vehicle, three... more

Binghamton Police seize Heroin, Pot in Routine Traffic Stop VIEW VIDEO
Police in Binghamton seized heroin and five pounds of marijuana during a recent traffic stop. Members of the Community Response team arrested Anthony Zuccaro after searching his vehicle on April... more

Click here for more local news...icon



 A News Story

If you are looking for a copy of a news story that we recently aired, simply click here to find out how.

FOX 40 Poll

Which Social Media Site Do You Use The Most?

Breaking News

Do you have a tip or information about a breaking news story? Contact the FOX 40 News Desk at 607.798.0070 or send us an email .

Share to Facebook Share to Twitter Stumble It More...