Steve Martin
Sr. Director of Marketing
New Report Highlights Multi-Faceted Impact of Facility
FARMINGTON, N.Y.– With the nine year anniversary of the arrival of gaming operations being celebrated this week and a recently announced $12 million expansion project underway, Finger Lakes Casino & Racetrack (FLCR) has released a report that takes a closer look at the impacts the facility has on a state, county and local level. At the same time, it details what could be realized if the property is given the opportunity to enhance its offerings through full casino gaming, including table games. 
The report, Finger Lakes Casino & Racetrack: A Community Partner – Past, Present & Future,takes a comprehensive look at the impacts generated from a jobs, economic impact, equine industry and community participation level. “We are extremely pleased to present this report to the community that summarizes in detail the level of our commitment on many levels,” said Chris Riegle, FLCR president and general manager. “As the discussion of expanded casino gaming in New York State continues, it is important for the community to understand how Finger Lakes impacts the area in which they live.”
Key figures within the report include the estimated annual economic impact of $120 million, with $48 million of that number centered locally through jobs, purchasing, direct aid to municipalities and taxes paid. Sales and property taxes alone generated from the property have totaled over $6.8 million since 2004, with annual numbers increasing four times over levels prior to gaming being introduced.
Other numbers of note include support of education funding from gaming operations at Finger Lakes amounting to over $430 million since 2004, the $33.4 million in capital investments, and direct employment of over 500, with an additional 75 jobs being added later this year to coincide with the opening of the current expansion project in the fall.

From an equine industry perspective, over 1,000 additional jobs within the community are generated through the thoroughbred racing industry at Finger Lakes. The New York State Equine Industry Impact Study, released in 2012, found that 80 jobs and $92,100 in economic impact is a result of every 100 racehorses. Nearly 1,200 horses are stabled at Finger Lakes during the annual 8-month season, and many more at local farms.
The potential expansion of casino gaming in New York could mean much greater impacts if Finger Lakes is given the opportunity to do so. An $80 million master expansion plan would be completed to include a 200-room luxury hotel, an events center, two additional restaurants and other amenities. The one-time impact of construction would be $120 million, with over $50 million in additional annual economic impact realized through operation. Employment would rise to over 900.
“As the process to allow for full casino gaming in New York State sorts itself out over the next several months, we look forward to continuing our proven track record of creating jobs, attracting visitors and generating millions in revenue for state, county and local government,” added Riegle.
Community initiatives such as the industry pioneering Finger Lakes Thoroughbred Adoption Program, the annual Charity Cup which awards $30,000 between several local not-for-profits and other programs are also detailed. And finally, there is a look at our parent company, Delaware North Companies, one of the largest privately held hospitality companies in the world. Delaware North is also based here in Western New York, calling Buffalo home since its inception in 1915.
An electronic version of the report is available on the FLCR website at
About Finger Lakes Casino & Racetrack:In operation since 1962, the facility added gaming to its offering in 2004 with a $10.5 million expansion. Nearly two million visitors annually now visit the facility highlighted by 1,199 slot machines, the 448-seat Vineyard Buffet, as well as live and simulcast thoroughbred racing. Casino doors open at 8 a.m. and racing doors open at 11:30 a.m. daily. For more information, visit

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