Bridgeport casino construction underway

BRIDGEPORT (WSYR-TV) - Construction on a new casino along Route 31 in Bridgeport began over the weekend.

During a Monday night public informational meeting hosted by the Bridgeport-Lakeport Civic Organization, people presented concerns to Town of Sullivan supervisor John Becker during a presentation about the Point Place Casino and its potential impact on the community.

For the dozens of people in attendance, questions and comments included concerns about potential traffic jams, water drainage from the casino property and whether or not the added revenue would lead to a tax break for residents.

Supervisor Becker says concerns about re-routing water drainage would be addressed in the next few meetings between the town and the Oneida Indian Nation.

With the main entrance and exit to the casino located on Route 31, not far from the Bridgeport Fire House, Becker says it is possible a portion of the road will be widened.

The NYS Department of Transportation is working closely with the town and the Oneida Indian Nation on potential traffic issues.

Point Place Casino will be home to 500 slot machines and 20 gaming tables, which will add to the town’s revenue, but Becker says it won’t lead to a tax break. Instead, he says it will prevent a tax hike.

"It will be for projects that have been put on the shelf for a long time that have needed to be done,” Becker said. “The town board always worried about how we would pay for them without raising taxes and now we won't have to raise taxes for these projects."

Several properties and homes along Route 31 and Bridgeport Kirkville Road have been purchased by the Oneida Indian Nation.

“They have started construction. They started taking down the houses they’ve purchased and they’re bringing in gravel for their driveway and that kind of thing,” Becker said. “I suspect that over the summer as it dries out, you’ll see more and more happening.”

The smoke-free casino is scheduled to open next spring and it will create around 200 jobs, according to the Oneida Indian Nation.

Becker says it’s possible a public meeting will be held in the future to update residents about the casino’s progress.

Residents who were unable to attend tonight's meeting, can send questions and comments to jbecker@townofsullivan.org.


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