A New York State appellate court made a ruling on Friday in favor of a group that opposes the construction of the $425-million Lago Resort & Casino in Tyre, a small town between Rochester and Syracuse.
The judges say the Tyre Town Board did not provide a clear report of why the project would not harm the environment, which violates state environmental law.
Under the New York State Environmental Quality Review Act, such an explanation is a must. Otherwise, any environment-related decision made would be annulled.
Actually, the town board had previously explained that the reasons why they had deemed the project harmless were evident in the records of the meeting, during which the decision had been made. However, the Rochester appellate court ruled that this explanation was not sufficient to comply with the environmental law.
It could be said that the group of opponents, who call themselves Casino Free Tyre, won an important victory, as the ruling resulted in a number of license application requirements being nullified.
Meanwhile, Rochester-based real estate developer Wilmorite Inc, who is in charge of the expensive project, has not yet given any comments regarding the latest ruling.
Lago Resort & Casino is one of the three winning bids, which were backed by the New York Gaming Facility Location Board late last year. Following the latest announcements, a spokesman for the board said that it is currently reviewing the appellate court’s decision.
Licenses are still pending for the casinos.