ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Hundreds of workers from Turning Stone and the Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack are in Albany at the Legislative Office Building to voice their opposition to the proposed Lago Casino in Seneca County.
Lago was approved by the State Gaming Commission at the same time Rivers Casino and resort was approved for Schenectady, but those who live in the areas near where the casino would be built say it would kill thousands of jobs in the region.
In August, development was suspended based on a procedural misstep, but the developer says it will resume work this week.
Here is a Statement from Steven Greenberg, spokesman for the Lago Resort & Casino:
“Delaware North and the Oneidas can stage phony protests with people on their payroll and paid ‘volunteers,’ trying to protect their monopolies. They can run ads with false claims. They can advocate for changing the established rules in midstream from an honest, independent process to one that they feel they can control with political connections. It’s all sad, selfish and cynical but it won’t work.
“While the Oneidas and Delaware North resort to their phony campaign, our focus remains clear: build the best resort and casino in all of Upstate. This week we begin laying the foundation for that both literally and figuratively. Lago will create 1,800 construction and then 1,800 new permanent jobs and increase tourism, creating real economic opportunity for the people of the Finger Lakes Region.
“Lago will also generate money for Seneca County and local governments throughout the state’s Gaming Region 5. These are county and local governments that currently don’t get a penny from the Oneidas because they are not part of the Oneidas’ 10-county exclusivity zone. Nor do they get any money from Delaware North’s Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack.”