Henrietta town board votes in opposition of casino

Updated: 12/31/2014 2:29 PM
Created: 03/19/2014 10:30 PM WHEC.com

On Wednesday, Henrietta supervisor Jack Moore presented a resolution against the casino at a town board meeting. You might remember that earlier this month the Seneca Gaming Corporation bought 32 acres of land near Route 390 and Jefferson Road as a potential site. After voting Wednesday, the board unanimously opposed the plan and right now it seems the majority of the town's residents feel the same way.

Henrietta resident Jeff Magee said at the meeting, "We should have a say about our own community, and I'm a little concerned by the fact that the state and federal governments can come in and force something on the people that the majority are against."

Supervisor Moore says, "The Senecas are just like any business that would come before the town board. They have that right to come and present whatever they want to build in this town. And we as a town board have to listen to that. We don't have to approve it or like it but we have to have an open process in which they can come and present."

Seneca Gaming Corporation issued the following statement in response to Wednesday's casino resolution vote by the Henrietta Town Board:

"A new Seneca casino could bring $200 million in private capital investment to the community, potentially creating more than 1,000 construction jobs and 2,000 permanent jobs with excellent benefits. Beyond investment and jobs, such a project could also provide significant partnership opportunities for local vendors, educational and civic institutions, and provide needed revenue for local governments, just as we have done elsewhere. All of that contributes to the economic expansion of Monroe County.

"The first step in developing a project is to engage the community in order to ensure the plan that is developed fits within and complements the surrounding area.  This process would have allowed us to articulate our vision and to discuss the project's benefits with the Henrietta community. Rather than allow that process to move forward, the town board has instead prematurely decided to take its position. Our belief in our vision and in the benefits it will deliver to Monroe County has not changed."

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