Update 10-14 p.m.
The three-member New York Gaming Facility Location Board voted unanimously to recommend a casino license go to Tioga Downs today. The final fate of the application lies with the New York State Gaming Commission.
The New York Gaming Facility Location Board is expected to announce today whether they approve of Tioga Downs Casino & Racing’s desire to expand their horse racing venue with lottery slots into a full casino. The Nichols facility was passed over by the board when they announced license recommendations earlier this year for Finger Lakes, the Catskills and Schenectady, but none for the Southern Tier. Governor Andrew Cuomo asked for the bidding process to be re-opened.
Tioga Downs owner, Jeff Gural revised his proposal and plans to invest his own money in the project. Gural is confident his new plan which includes a hotel, restaurants, and a concert venue will be accepted. Civic leaders in the area support the idea for the economic boost it could give the struggling region.
Tioga Downs was the only bidder in this round. If endorsed by the locations board, his application will go on to the full Gaming Commission who will render the final verdict.