Local excitement for Traditions casino bid

By Matt Porter

November 15, 2013 Updated Nov 15, 2013 at 7:42 PM EDT

Town of Union, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The Broadway Diner was abuzz this morning after a casino proposal left locals in Endwell thinking a little bigger than usual.

Diner co-owner Steve Anastos said he's excited for his potential new neighbor.

"It's going to be good for the community, good for us, good for everybody," Steve Anastos said.

Endwell resident Bob Soltis said traffic is a concern, but traffic means business.

"I think it will be a big help," Soltis said. "Definitely we'd like to have somebody come in on the buses."

Leonard Ireland worries a casino would bring in the wrong kind of money.

"It's a poor way to finance government on the backs of people that gamble," Ireland said.

Mary Mallery, of Apalachin, said she wishes there were more high-tech jobs instead of the service jobs from a casino.

She also worries about potential crime.

"You wonder if it is going to bring some crime into the area, you never know," Mallery said.

Teresa Brown lives on Watson Boulevard, less than a half mile from the proposed site. She said the gains in tax revenue and business outweigh the concerns of traffic and safety.

Those are problems she said can be accommodated.

"The economy and everything and jobs, just would really help boost the whole area," Brown said.

Back at the Broadway Diner, the other co-owner John Anastos said he's ready to welcome the casino if it comes.

"It could be the start of something big maybe," John Anastos said.

Bids will not be officially taken until after the casino legislation takes effect on Jan. 1.

Tioga Downs is the only other local developer that has formally announced it will pursue a license.

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