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Wed May 14, 2014

Judge rejects claim that zoning laws for casino pushed through

Credit Courtesy of Wilmot Casino and Resort

A judge in Seneca County has dismissed a court case over a proposal to build a casino in Tyre. A group of residents of the small agricultural town filed suit claiming the town board pushed through a controversial zoning amendment.

Fifty-seven Tyre residents opposed Rochester-based businessman Thomas Wilmot’s proposed casino and they challenged the town board’s support for the project in court. They say the board pushed through changes to zoning laws that make the casino possible without proper input.

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Tue May 13, 2014


Fri May 2, 2014

National anti-casino activists lend support to Southern Tier residents

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A vocal group of residents in Tyre have sued their town board over a proposal to bring a casino to the rural farming community. The group is now getting support from a national anti-casino activist. 

Protestors gathered Thursday in a field next to a proposed casino site in Tyre. The handful of protesters held signs opposing Rochester businessman Thomas Wilmot’s casino application.

Wilmot’s one of three applicants seeking to build a casino in the Southern Tier/Finger Lakes Region.

Les Bernal, Executive Director of Stop Predatory Gambling, addressed the crowd.

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Wed March 5, 2014

Movement on casinos dividing upstate communities


One of the casino proposals for the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes region would place the new gambling house in Tyre, a Seneca County town half way between Rochester and Syracuse.

The prospect has the small farming community’s 900 residents bitterly divided. Those opposed to the development fear the casino will destroy their quiet way of life.

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Wed February 12, 2014
Proposed Wine Tax

Wineries worry about proposed 'at rest' law for distributors

A proposed 'at rest' law for wine and liquor wholesalers would require wine being stored in New York before being sold.
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Christopher Missick and his wife got into the wine business three years ago when they bought a winery along the west side of Seneca Lake. Last year he decided to break his Villa Bellangelo wines into the lucrative New York City market.

"We don’t have access to the huge distribution houses down there and we work with, for the most part, really high quality, but small family distributors," Missick said.

Missick’s distributor and other small operations working in New York City have their warehouse across the river in New Jersey, where real estate is cheaper.

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