Challenge against Lago Resort and Casino rejected

Lago Resort and Casino is expected to open next year in Finger Lakes.
Lago Resort and Casino is expected to open next year in Finger Lakes.

A New York judge rejected a challenge to the approval of a casino in Finger Lakes.

US.- Judge Patrick Falvey rejected a challenge to the environmental approval of a casino located in Finger Lakes, currently under construction, expressing that the officials in Tyre who issued the challenge, failed to explain how the Lago Resort and Casino would affect the surrounding community and the environment under state environmental review law.

The opponents to the casino created a group called Casino Free Tyre and claim that the town board did not escrutinise the effect of the large development during the bidding process. The group declared they would appeal the ruling. A few weeks ago, and in a separate lawsuit, the Oneida tribe claimed the selection process was riddled with legal errors and asked the court to invalidate Lago’s license. The tribe operates a casino 65 miles to the east.

On their part, Lago developers said Monday they were pleased with the decision.”We are excited that the pace of construction is increasing, as every day brings us closer to the opening of upstate New York’s newest and best resort and casino,” stated Thomas C. Wilmot, Lago Resort & Casino Co-Chairmen.

Lago Resort and Casino is one of three upstate New York casinos licensed by the state in December. The other two casinos are located in Catskills and Schenectady.