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Tioga Downs Announces Support From All In Coalition

A newly formed coalition is backing Tioga Downs as it seeks the Southern Tier's casino gaming license.
A newly formed coalition is backing Tioga Downs as it seeks the Southern Tier's casino gaming license.

The "All In" coalition is made up of officials and business owners from Tioga, Broome, Chemung and Bradford counties.

Tioga Downs has also unveiled a new portion of its website that allows people to back its effort to secure the license and learn more about the racino and its efforts to create jobs and help non-profit organizations.

Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli is a member of the coalition. He says Tioga is a much better option than casino proposals from Traditions in Union or another business venture between Syracuse and Rochester.

"If you're in economic development you have to sell quality of life to bring people here. You have to have activities. People want it. They expect it and that's what we need. I think this could have the potential way beyond what anyone realizes," said Santulli.

Tioga Downs owner Jeff Gural says he is amazed by the community's support and gratitude for contributions he and Tioga have made over the years. He says he's glad to provide jobs in the area.

"When you come up here it's really obvious that the area needs a shot in the arm and it's really a labor of love, to be honest, that we're able to employ 300 people here and 300 people in Oneida County, which is another county that is struggling," said Gural.

The portion of its website that Tioga Downs unveiled today is at TiogaDowns.com/allin.
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