Proposition 1 passes, Tioga Downs to move forward with expansion plans

By Chelsea Bishop
By Conor Mooney

November 6, 2013 Updated Nov 6, 2013 at 9:43 AM EDT

(WBNG Binghamton) As election results come in for Proposition One, Tioga Downs looks toward its future plans.

New Yorkers resoundingly supported the proposition on Tuesday night.

Seven Las Vegas style casinos are on their way to New York state, and up to two of those casinos could be built in the Southern Tier.

The CEO of Tioga Downs, Jeffrey Gural, is already looking forward to his future plans.

"I intend to call the contractor in the morning and give him the go ahead to start phase one of our hotel expansion project immediately, which is the indoor parking garage part of the project so we will be creating construction jobs almost immediately," Gural said.

It is estimated that the casinos could bring in nearly $20 million annually to the area.

"Assuming we know that there's a casino in the Southern Tier, no matter where it is, it's going to help the Broome County economy and with that, they'll bring in more jobs," said Broome County Executive Debbie Preston.

Not all government employees all supported the proposition.

Tarik Abdelazim, the Binghamton Housing and Community Development Director said, "I find that long term social impacts can actually be a big drain on tax payers and I don't think it's a sustainable way to grow the economy of the Southern Tier."

Nearly 64 percent of Broome County voted in favor of the proposition while 57 percent of New York voted in favor.

A request for proposal will now go out for bids on the new casinos.

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