Updated: 03/09/2014 11:07 PM
Created: 03/09/2014 8:56 PM WHEC.com
By: Brett Davidsen
As Henrietta says “no, thanks” to a casino, another local town says the Senecas should give them another look. The Seneca Nation of Indians says a casino will bring millions of dollars in investment and thousands of jobs to the area. The town supervisor in Henrietta says his residents aren’t interested.
When Henrietta Town Supervisor Jack Moore said, “thanks, but no thanks” on Friday, it clouded the Seneca Nation of Indians’ plans to build a casino in Monroe County.
So if not Henrietta, then where will they build one? There has been chatter about the Medley Centre in Irondequoit. But an equally, if not more likely spot could be in Gates.
Mark Assini, Gates Town Supervisor, said, "We have said that we have a perfect site for them in the town of Gates. It's absolutely perfect."
Gates Town Supervisor Mark Assini is talking about the Rochester Tech Park, formerly the Kodak Elmgrove site.
Assini said, “It has ample acreage for building a new casino, and there's four million square feet of existing buildings so they could possibly renovate an existing building. There are all sorts of options.”
It also on an expressway and already has its own exit ramp.
Andy Derleth, Greece, said, "I'd like to see it in that area. I've always been a fan of bringing in new businesses."
Kevin Brown, Gates, said, "People depend for their livelihood on the racino at Finger Lakes Racetrack so that would be a negative impact."
Assini has already had several discussions with the Senecas in the past and has made a formal pitch. While he says they liked the site, they always preferred to be closer to the Thruway, which is why Henrietta was where the Senecas bought land. Assini expects the Senecas won't give up yet on Henrietta. But he says he would love them to give Gates another look.
Assini said, "I think it's a great opportunity for at least one thousand plus jobs for the town of Gates and for millions of dollars in tax revenue in a time when we're struggling. The economy is struggling, where families are looking for jobs. I think it would be a great opportunity.”
Asked if the Seneca Gaming Corporation would continue looking at other possible locations in Monroe County, a spokesperson told News10NBC, they will "evaluate the situation."