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Finger Lakes say 'no' to storing natural gas liquids

Aug 1, 2014
Jenna Flanagan / Innovation Trail

Winery owners are stepping up their pressure on Gov. Andrew Cuomo to reject a proposal to store natural gas liquids in the salt caverns along scenic Seneca Lake.

A small but passionate group of career vineyard farmers and winery owners had one united message to deliver to Albany Wednesday.

“We demand that Governor Cuomo do the right thing and deny all these permits for gas storage on the west side of Seneca Lake,” says Doug Hazlet, a Seneca Lake vineyard owner.

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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Matt Martin/WSKG

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.


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.