Gov. Cuomo wants new Southern Tier casino bids

Posted at 10:13 AM, Dec 29, 2014
and last updated 2015-12-24 10:13:10-05

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is asking state gambling authorities to request more proposals for a casino in the state's "economically ailing" Southern Tier.

In a letter sent Friday to the Gaming Commission and its location board, Cuomo says legal authority remains for a fourth license. Earlier this month, the board approved three new casinos for the Catskills, Schenectady and the Finger Lakes region.

Cuomo says they should act quickly to establish a new application process if they agree, since the region needs the jobs and investment now.

The commission and board received three applications for a region that initially included the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes together, awarding one license.

The two Southern Tier applicants, Traditions and Tioga Downs, have said they would submit a joint bid if the process was reopened.