Traditions readies bid for state casino license

By Kelly McCarthy

April 11, 2014 Updated Apr 11, 2014 at 6:58 PM EDT

Town of Union, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Owners of Traditions at the Glen have less than 80 days to submit what could be thousands of pages of documents to apply.

New York State's Request for Applications, or R-F-A, is being called the most difficult application process in the gaming world.

The proposal asks for detailed exhibits on each bid's plan to build a casino.

Traditions is one of four known bidders in region five, New York's definition of the Southern Tier.

"Well I think obviously when you look at the guidelines that were set up," said Traditions Owner Bill Walsh, "The criteria of why and where these casinos should be located, hands down we meet the criteria better than any of the other applicants, we've been saying that from the start."

The Walsh family said after looking through the RFA, they still feel confident in their bid, especially when it comes to location and community support.

"Come this fall, whatever day it is, that's kind of the unknown date right now," Walsh said, "But we'll be ready to stick a shovel in the ground the day that award is given out."

The Think Big Team has been preparing the application for months, based on other state's requirements. They said the only component that was unexpected was the amount of exhibit material required for each entry.

"We've covered our bases and we're ready to provide information," said project manager John Hussar, "It's just the amount they were requesting, you know caught us off guard a little bit. We've got it, we just didn't anticipate that we were going to submit it all."

Traditions and other interested casino bidders have to attend a Bidders Conference on April 30th in Albany. The $1 million minimum application fee must be paid to New York State a week before.

Traditions is inviting local businesses and corporations to a vendor fair at the resort on April 25th.

The event will provide information on possible partnerships and other opportunities for local businesses if Traditions is awarded a casino bid.

It will be held in the Traditions Resort Ballroom from 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. and from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

In May, traditions says they will host a similar event open to the public who are interested in job opportunities and training if casino plans move forward.

The New York State Gaming Commission plans to award casino bids this fall.

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