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Attorney General Investigating Casino Bidding Process

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The owner of Tioga Downs in Nichols says he doesn't believe anything illegal happened but feels a conflict of interest led to biased information the gaming facility location board used to make it's decision.

This as Jeff Gural said he recently spoke to Attorney General Eric Schneiderman about the selection process. The central New York media group has reported that a consulting group used by the board also had relationships with a number of applicants, including three winning bids. A spokesperson for the board told the media group the consultant had no role in the board's decision but Gural has questions about the process.

"I didn't thing anything illegal occurred. I think I was a victim of the fact that the consultants that the board hired seemed to have a relationship with the people at Lago," said Gural.

Tioga Downs and Traditions at the Glen in the Town of Union lost out to Lago resort in Tyre for a casino license. The board plans to release it's findings on the casino applications at a meeting on Friday. Gural is still waiting for the state to re-open the bidding process for a license for the Southern Tier.