Tioga Downs hands in casino application

By Kelly McCarthy

June 30, 2014 Updated Jun 30, 2014 at 5:45 PM EST

Nichols, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Companies that want to open a casino in the Southern Tier must have their proposal delivered to the state. Monday is the deadline to submit, according to the New York State Gaming Commission.

Tioga Downs is one of three interested bidders for a casino gaming license in the Southern Tier.

To show their commitment, two representatives delivered hundreds of thousands of pages to the Gaming Commission office in Schenectady.

The New York State Gaming Commission was flooded with boxes that make up the Tioga Downs Casino request for application. In total, they handed in 123 boxes of 300,000 pages.

Owner Jeff Gural said there's a couple of reasons the Tioga Downs proposal will be different from all the rest.

Included in the proposal is a promise to pay all employees a minimum of $10.10 an hour and a promise to give a minimum of $500,000 a year to local charities.

"It was very detailed, very well-planned and Tioga Downs as a construction project is ready to go," said Tioga Downs COO Tom Osiecki, "If you think about it we probably have the most detailed plans out of anybody in the state of New York."

Gural said he would be shocked if the state awarded the casino license to any other Southern Tier business.

"The reality is were the only racino bidding for the license," Gural said, "So we're the only ones that can be opened early next year, all the other projects are two years away. People need jobs now."

The New York gaming commission website requires applications due by 4 p.m. Monday in order to be in the running for a casino license.

The state is expected to award the gaming license in the early fall.