New York gambling officials hope a casino license available in the state’s Southern Tier will attract significant interest — but so far, there is only one contender, and its proposal already has been rejected once.
A state board charged with picking locations for upstate casinos voted Tuesday to reopen the bidding process for a license in the region along the Pennsylvania border.
Last month, the board recommended casinos in the Catskills, Schenectady and the Finger Lakes. Two Southern Tier proposals were rejected and a fourth available license was withheld.
After local leaders objected, Gov. Andrew Cuomo requested a new bidding process for the fourth license and limited it to the Southern Tier.
The Tioga Downs racino near Pennsylvania plans to submit a revised bid.
“We have a second bite at the apple, and we’re going to earn it,” said state Sen. Thomas Libous (R-Binghamton), who supports Tioga’s proposal.