The Walsh family, which owns the resort off Watson Boulevard in Union, says it's pleased with the broad-based local support their proposal has received. Over the past month, the Broome County Legislature, Greater Binghamton Chamber and Johnson City Village Board have given their backing.
The Walsh's have proposed constructing a $150 million casino at Traditions. The proposal is in direct competition with Tioga Downs racino in Nichols, which also wants to expand to offer table games. Former Union Supervisor and financial advisor Jack Cheevers supports Traditions plan. He says Greater Binghamton needs an economic boost.
"People go to casinos many times for entertainment. People go there for conventions, for training sessions, sales meetings and these are things that we're losing on right now. A lot of those are going up to Turning Stone," said Cheevers.
According to Traditions, it's estimated that Broome County and the Town of Union would get an additional $3.7 million of combined revenue if Traditions gets the casino license. A decision on which Southern Tier location receives it is scheduled to be made this fall.