Gov. Cuomo Wants a New Casino in New York’s Southern Tier

December 29, 2014 Updated: December 29, 2014

ALBANY, N.Y.—New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is asking state gambling authorities to request more proposals for a casino in the state’s “economically ailing” Southern Tier.

In a letter sent Friday to the Gaming Commission and its location board, Cuomo says legal authority remains for a fourth license. Earlier this month, the board approved three new casinos for the Catskills, Schenectady and the Finger Lakes region.

Cuomo says they should act quickly to establish a new application process if they agree, since the region needs the jobs and investment now.

The commission and board received three applications for a region that initially included the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes together, awarding one license.

The two Southern Tier applicants, Traditions and Tioga Downs, have said they would submit a joint bid if the process was reopened.