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Greater Binghamton Chamber of Commerce Endorses Traditions Resort & Casino

From Greater Binghamton Chamber:

The Greater Binghamton Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors listened to presentations from Southern Tier Gaming License contenders on Wednesday. Due to numerous requests from competitors asking for support, the Chamber requested to hear the proposals prior to endorsing any one project.

Members from Traditions Resort and Casino along with Tioga Downs Casino were present at this meeting. Both teams presented their respective projects and fielded questions from the Board. The Wilmot proposal was discussed between the Chamber Board but members of the proposed Wilmot Casino in Seneca County were not present.

After vetting all projects proposed in the Southern Tier, the Binghamton Chamber of Commerce has decided to endorse the Traditions Resort & Casino project in Johnson City, NY. Lou Santoni, President of the Chamber of Commerce said, "Based on the criteria for selection and revenue projections established by the New York State Gaming Commission, we feel that Traditions at the Glen presents the plan with the most direct benefits to the businesses and taxpayers of Broome County. Therefore, we enthusiastically support your (Traditions) proposal and wish you continued success in this endeavor." Santoni describes the Traditions project as "an exciting economic development opportunity for the Southern Tier."

According to the current legislation, twenty percent of the selection criteria is based on Local Impact and Siting Factors. Community affiliations and support from local businesses is directly related to this category. "This is a major milestone for our project" said Tradition's owner Bill Walsh. "We have been on the road educating the public and garnering support but the Chamber of Commerce represents all business in this community and they are standing behind us." The Greater Binghamton Chamber of Commerce's mission is to serve as the premier resource for business development in the Greater Binghamton region.

"We have been receiving letters from businesses all over Broome County in support of our project" said Bill Walsh. "The support has been overwhelming and it is great to see the Chamber recognize our community is asking for this revitalization."
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