Johnson City leaders support Traditions casino

By Jillian Marshall

February 5, 2014 Updated Feb 5, 2014 at 2:34 PM EDT

Johnson City, NY (WBNG Binghamton)The Johnson City Village Board passed a resolution to not only approve a casino in the Southern Tier, but specifically endorsed the proposed Traditions Casino in the Town of Union.

It passed with four votes, and one absence.

Mayor Greg Deemie said the village is in full support of Traditions winning the bid for a Las Vegas-style casino.

One concern many residents have voiced is the potential traffic a large casino would bring to the area.

"Traffic is something that you can fix. You can look at it, decide how it needs to be taken care of. If you don't have that problem, you aren't growing," Deemie said.

Village leaders also said they think a casino bordering the village will boost the economy and provide jobs to the people of Johnson City.

Deemie said the addition could also boost the local population.

"Hopefully storefronts filling up, more business on the Main Street area, homes possibly selling, people moving into the area, a lot of growth. It could be a real big boom for the area," Deemie said.

Traditions and Tioga Downs in Nichols are battling to win the bid for a casino in the Southern Tier.

The state is expected to announce where up to four casinos will be placed in Upstate regions in November.