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Casino resort opens in Seneca County

The $440 million del Lago Resort & Casino in Tyre, Seneca County, opened Wednesday.

The opening was marked with a ceremonial ribbon-cutting featuring Gov. Andrew Cuomo, del Lago Resort & Casino officials — including executive vice president and general manager Jeff Babinski and co-chairmen Thomas Wilmot Sr. and Brent Stevens — and local government officials. 

“We are thankful to Gov. Cuomo for his leadership in bringing a referendum to the New York state voters that allowed del Lago to be proposed and built the facility we are opening today,” Wilmot said in a statement. “We are incredibly proud of what we have built and the business operation that we are running.” 

Company officials said construction of the project brought 1,800 jobs. Del Lago’s casino operations will employ 1,500 in permanent jobs. Another 200 to 300 jobs will be available when the hotel and spa open this summer, they said. 

Initial studies project that the casino resort will bring in 3.2 million visitors per year. It also is expected to bring roughly $260 million in gross gaming revenue, $68 million in gaming taxes to New York, and $3.4 million each to the town of Tyre and Seneca County.

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