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Libous “A Little Confused” By Cuomo Casino Plans

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New York State Senator Thomas Libous says he’ll await more specific details before passing judgment on Governor Cuomo’s call to permit the establishment of upstate gambling casinos.

The governor is proposing the creation of up to three casinos with most of the revenue being earmarked for education.

Speaking today on WNBF Radio’s Binghamton Now program, Libous said he’s “a little confused” about exactly what the Cuomo plan would entail.

The Binghamton Republican said he would support “anything that would be helpful” to Tioga Downs in Nichols, which has a racino.

Libous expressed concern that if a full-scale casino was created in the Binghamton area, it could harm Tioga Downs and the investment its owner has made in the facility.

The senator said he doesn’t understand the governor’s proposal because he hasn’t provided specifics on what he envisions with the three upstate casinos.

Libous said the owner of Tioga Downs is expected to announce plans this year to build a hotel at the site.

Libous said “we’re thrilled to death” Cuomo focused on the need to boost the upstate economy by creating more destinations for visitors but he’ll await details before determining whether he’ll back a casino initiative.

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