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Niagara County passes gaming resolution

by jmaloni

Press release

Wed, Nov 21st 2012 10:55 am

Western Regional Off-Track Betting has announced that the Niagara County Legislature adopted a resolution to support full casino gaming at Batavia Downs Casino. Niagara County is the 12th Western and Central New York County to support Batavia Downs Casino following its colleagues in Genesee, Wyoming, Livingston, Oswego, Orleans, Steuben, Schuyler, Wayne, Cayuga, Seneca and Erie counties.

The counties that own Batavia Downs, Western Regional Off-Track Betting said, recognize the important dialogue that needs to take place in the next year concerning casino gaming and the inclusion of Batavia Downs as a full casino venue.

"We are encouraged by the continued and overwhelming support of Western and Central New York counties and the importance of Batavia Downs Casino to the local municipalities and state education," said Michael Nolan, COO of WROTB and Batavia Downs. "The counties have recognized that, as the only municipally owned casino in New York state, the revenues not only help state education, but also help local property tax relief for the 17 municipalities that own Batavia Downs."

Batavia Downs is owned and operated by Western Regional Off-Track Betting, a public benefit corporation. Municipalities that own Batavia Downs Casino include the 15 counties of Western New York as well as the cities of Buffalo and Rochester. The track is also home to Batavia Downs Casino, featuring 640 video slot machines. Batavia Downs Casino is located less than one mile from Thruway Exit 48.

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