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Tioga Downs Owner Speaks Out Against Binghamton Casino

The owner of Tioga Downs is speaking out against Mayor David and Binghamton City Council's support to bring a casino to the old stow manufacturing site in the city.

Jeff Gural says he's very disappointed that the mayor and city council would support a bid led by Jeff Hyman which would be the second application for a southern tier casino license. Few details were released about Hyman's project last night. Gural said if Binghamton was awarded the project Tioga Downs would not close, but have to scale down its operation.

"I've made it clear to the Mayor that a casino in Binghamton will mean their will be two unsuccessful projects, a failing a casino in Binghamton and a failing Tioga Downs, but he doesn't seem to care. It's a polluted site. By the time they got anything built you're looking at 3 to 4 years down the road and if we get a license we'd expect to start hiring 4 to 5 hundred people in days,"said Jeff Gural, Owner, Tioga Downs.

Gural says his updated application to the state will be stronger in many areas, including terms of lending structure. He says they've also increased the size of hotel and added a new restaurant. He also adds that Broome County will lose out on 1.5 million dollars if the Binghamton project is awarded the license. Details on Hyman's project are expected to be released next Monday, the day that applications are due.