Could Amendment be Jackpot for Local Economy?

By Bryan Mercer

Could Amendment be Jackpot for Local Economy?

February 28, 2012 Updated Feb 28, 2012 at 11:41 AM EDT

Nichols, NY (WBNG Binghamton) More than 300 jobs could be on the way to Tioga County, but it all hinges on an amendment to New York's Constitution.

Tioga Downs Casino released part two of its economic outlook study.

It says the addition of live table games to state racinos could boost the local economy by $27 million.

That would come in part from more than 200 construction jobs, working on a proposed expansion project that would bring more hotel, gaming, event, and restaurant space to Tioga Downs - even its own parking garage.

The casino says about 130 permanent jobs would then open up.

The plans all rest on New York lawmakers amending the state Constitution, which currently does not allow live table gaming in casinos.

The attached economic study was conducted by Appleseed Inc.