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Traditions Submits Casino Bid

The Walsh family says it's confident in its Traditions casino proposal in the Town of Union.
The Walsh family says it's confident in its Traditions casino proposal in the Town of Union.

The Walsh's turned in their application for the Southern Tier's full-fledged casino license yesterday along with Tioga Downs in Nichols and another business venture upstate.

The application turned out to be 107,000 pages, about a third shorter than Tioga's.

Bill Walsh says Traditions, which is proposing a $150 million expansion, is the best spot for a casino, because it would give Greater Binghamton a big economic boost.

He says what sets apart his idea from Tioga's is Traditions location in the heart of Greater Binghamton.

"The location, geographic location, that we have here is a huge part of why we think this license needs to come to traditions. We have a community here. The other two competitors that we're against have very small communities set in rural areas. We're in the center of a community, at the confluence of three interstates," said Walsh.

Walsh says the impact a casino will have on the surrounding community is weighed heavily by the gaming commission, which will evaluate proposals.

Walsh says he has 20,000 documents from supporters in the community.

At a recent Town of Union board meeting, about half of people who got up to speak were in favor of the proposal, about half were against.

The winner of the Southern Tier's casino license is expected to be announced before this year's election.
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