Binghamton City Council supports building a casino in the area

Courtesy of Traditions at the Glen
December 5, 2013

At least one of the first four casinos that will be built in Upstate New York is coming to the Southern Tier.  Binghamton officials are putting their support behind building it in the Greater Binghamton area.

The Binghamton City Council voted to send a letter to both Governor Cuomo and the state gaming commission.  The letter had one clear message.  Build that new casino here.

Council member Jerry Motsavage says that having the casino close by will be a big economic boost to the local economy.

“People use our hotels more.  We get people spending in our shops.  And we’ll get more money right in our area for infrastructure improvement and things.  So we just want to show our support.”

Traditions at the Glen in Johnson City and Tioga Downs in Nichols have shown interest in securing a casino license from the state. Motsavage is hoping that the council’s support will bring the casino to Broome County.  

“I mean if you’re far away in Tioga you’re probably not going to drive to Binghamton to stay in a hotel.  We wont get any traffic coming down to our area, so it’d just be nice to have it in the greater Binghamton area.”

State officials will select the casino locations sometime next year.