Traditions preps for casino proposal

By Erika Mahoney

December 3, 2013 Updated Dec 3, 2013 at 7:24 PM EDT

(WBNG Binghamton) With Proposition 1 taking effect in less than a month, the owners of Traditions at the Glen said they are hitting the ground running.

Just weeks after the Walsh family officially announced their bid for a casino, they said they've been shocked at how much support they've received for their plans.

"When we first came out and came up with this concept, we thought it would be a long shot," Traditions at the Glen Owner Bill Walsh said. "But the more studies we've done, the more legislators we've met with in Albany, the more people we've talked to locally, the more our confidence is building."

While project leaders know there will be a $1 million application fee, the state's due date for the bid proposal is still up in the air.

"At this point, we're not really sure if we are running a sprint or running a marathon," project manager, John Hussar said. "But we're prepared to sprint and do the job well and do it right."

Traditions is holding several upcoming events to share their proposal with the public and raise money for their new foundation.

On Dec. 8, Traditions is holding its first event for the Traditions Foundation. The foundation will help support charities in the Southern Tier.

"We want to continue to give and this casino will allow us to give in a lot greater fashion," Pete Walsh said.

On Sunday, the ballroom will turn into a coffee house. All proceeds from the event will support the Danielle House and the event will mark the end of No Shave November. The event is from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

On Dec. 20, Traditions is hosting a community open house where people can visit the resort and ask questions about their plans for the casino.

"We want to make sure Broome County is behind us," Pete Walsh said.

In order to make sure all questions are answer, the Walsh family will have a kiosk inside the Oakdale Mall for December.