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Tioga Downs Sends Casino Application to the State

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By Fox 40 Staff.
The race is on for the fourth and final gaming license in New York State, and two prospective casinos in the Southern Tier will have their applications in the hands of state officials by Monday afternoon.

Thursday morning, Tioga Downs Racino sent its paperwork and representatives to Schenectady in pursuit of the award. One change from it's first bid at a license last year? Owner Jeff Gural added $32 million in equity to this latest bid.

Meanwhile, the Binghamton City council voted to support an application to raise a casino from the old Stow Manufacturing site. However Tioga Downs owner Jeff Gural expressed his skepticism, having gone through the process before in Pennsylvania.

"We were trying to get a casino license to build a casino there, we ultimately succeeded, but it took us 2 years to get the city council to approve it. I mean there was 10 minutes with no info, no details, no public input, its unheard of," said Gural.

"That will be available, we were on a very strict timeline as you well know, 4:00 on Monday the app had to be in, the developer Mr. Hyman has been working to put together all pieces of the puzzle," said Binghamton City Council President Bill Berg.

Binghamton Mayor Rich David said a casino has been a priority of his administration. Jeffrey Hyman, the developer assured that there would be a time for public input.

"We're really looking forward to coming back and talking about some of the specifics of the project, really all of the specifics. We're going to need a tremendous amount of public input, we ant public input."

The site of former Stow Manufacturing which would need significant work in order to become a casino, but would also need and industrial pollution soil survey, before construction can begin.

While final approval lies in the hands of Albany, both parties hope that their casino plans come to fruition.

****Alex Howard for Fox 40 HD news.****