Could a casino be coming to the Rochester area?

Posted at: 01/10/2013 8:26 PM

In his State of the State address, Governor Andrew Cuomo said he's looking to bring three casinos to New York State. That has a lot of people wondering, could one end up in the Rochester area?

News10NBC spoke with Lieutenant Governor Bob Duffy to break down the casino proposal and what it could mean for our area.

Governor Cuomo says even though New York State has seventeen casinos, we need to be more competitive in the gaming industry.

Gov. Cuomo says, "We are also surrounded by casinos. Thirty-nine close to the boarder of New York where we are losing revenue everyday to people who are going to those casinos to play.

He wants to bring three casinos to New York and the site selected by the gaming commission. Thursday, News10NBC caught up with Lt. Gov. Bob Duffy to ask what are the chances of a casino coming to our area.

"Upstate is a big area," says Lt. Gov. Duffy. "Rochester would certainly be part of that region and part of the competition, if it would want it."

A potential landing spot for a casino could be Finger Lakes Gaming and Race Track. Right now, Finger Lakes has slot-type machines, but says they would love to add table games and be one of those full casinos added to Upstate New York.

If they were selected, officials say they have a plan ready. That plans includes an $80 million expansion that would feature an events center, more gaming space, a hotel and two new restaurants.