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Yates County eyes portion of del Lago, Tioga Downs casino tax payments

After losing tax payments in one gaming region, Yates County is hoping to join another.

A bill introduced by state Sen. Thomas O'Mara would add the county to Region 5 for gaming purposes. The region consists of Broome, Seneca, Tioga and Tompkins counties. Portions of Chemung, Schuyler and Wayne counties east of Route 14 are also in the region.

O'Mara, R-Big Flats, said in a phone interview Friday that he authored the legislation after discussions with Yates County officials. County leaders questioned why they weren't included in Region 5 like other counties along the Route 14 corridor.

"It's an effort to make them the same," O'Mara said.

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