In true bureaucratic fashion, the application for the state is long. Tioga Downs provided 300,000 pages of documents as part of its application, which fit into 128 boxes. Tioga Downs owner Jeff Gural says he's confident about his application, which is competing against two others including Traditions proposals in Union and another upstate. Gural says his commitment to the area is unparalleled and if he gets the license, Tioga Downs will give a minimum of $500,000 to charity annually and he will create a self-imposed minimum wage on his corporation of $10.10 per hour.
Jeff Gural says, "The goal is that if we do get the license it's not only good for me personally, but it will be good for the community, good for the people working here already, good for the people who are going to work here and it's a team thing really."
Initially the state indicated that full-fledged casino gaming licenses would be approved by the end of October, before the election. Public hearings will be held in each host municipality so the public can give input. TIoga Downs is celebrating its 8th year in Nichols and gave out certificates to employees who have been with it for its entire existence, Monday afternoon.
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