November 15, 2013
Bagpipes played as guests gathered outside Traditions at the Glen in Johnson City. The sound was filled with the hopes of William Walsh, owner of the resort and spa.
Walsh invited community and business leaders to the Johnson City retreat to announce his bid to build a casino here in Broome County.
“We’re a local family. We’re a third generation in this community. And we are trying to do this with all local investors.
The resolution expanding casino gambling in New York will allow up to seven new casinos. The first four will be built in three upstate regions, including the Southern Tier. Tioga Downs in Nichols has also announced plans to apply for one of the licenses.
Walsh said that his 90,000 square foot casino could create a thousand new jobs.
“The casino license, the class 3 license would actually benefit the communities and the state going in Broome County. It’s a much larger population.”
The state has not said when it will award the licenses. But Walsh says if Traditions is chosen, they’ll be ready to start building in June at the earliest.