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Casino proposal in Seneca County dividing town

Neighbors in the town of Tyre got the chance to speak out about a plan to build a new casino in the Seneca County town. For nearly three hours the town board listened to people’s concerns about the proposal that's been on the table for months.
Tyre (WSYR-TV) - Neighbors in the town of Tyre got the chance to speak out about a plan to build a new casino in the Seneca County town. For nearly three hours the town board listened to people’s concerns about the proposal that's been on the table for months.

Supporters of the proposal argue the casino will bring jobs and an economic boost to the area, while those opposed argue the casino would lower property values, create dangerous traffic conditions and could lead residents to gambling addictions.

The proposed casino would be on a property located off Exit 41 on the Thruway.

Developers estimate it would employ 1,200 construction workers, create 1,800 permanent jobs and bring $3 million to the local economy each year.

The Tyre Town Board is being advised by Town Attorney Charles Shaffer to not discuss the matter publicly at the moment because of the divisiveness of subject.

NewsChannel 9 has been told a vote could come by May 15 at the next town board meeting, but there is not guarantee it will happen then.

If the vote is approved, it doesn't mean a casino will go in Tyre, as the proposal is just one of 20 received by the State.

Governor Andrew Cuomo made it clear that licensing will only be issued for four new casinos this year.

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