del Lago Resort & Casino co-founder Tom Wilmot went to Albany on Tuesday, seeking state assistance for the casino. Wilmot claimed del Lago faces the challenge of a “blatantly unfair competitive disadvantage” enjoyed by the Seneca Nation, which runs Seneca Niagara casino in Niagara Falls.
Wilmot’s visit brought a strong rebuke from Assemblyman Gary Finch in a statement released on Tuesday:
If this wasn’t such a serious matter, I would’ve thought this was an early April Fool’s Day joke. Asking hardworking families to bail out a casino would be absolutely unacceptable. We were told these gaming facilities would be an economic stimulus for the state. We were told they would generate tax revenue, not cannibalize it. The paint on this place isn’t even dry, and they want a bailout? It’s absurd.
Allegedly, this casino was going to promote economic development and tourism in the Finger Lakes. You know what’s really important for tourism in the Finger Lakes? Clean water. Allocating one dime to this casino before we’ve fully funded a comprehensive effort to eradicate harmful algal blooms would be governmental malpractice. Bailing them out would be putting special interests before public safety and public health.