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.