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What’s future for new casino — and the neighboring racino?

Seneca County officials are basking in benefits from the county’s new cash cow, del Lago Resort & Casino. The $440 million casino with hotel, spa and perks galore — 1,956 slot machines, gaming and poker tables, entertainment center and more — has created jobs and generated cash since it opened Feb. 1. There is nearly $6.5 million more in the county coffers to run the government and provide services, according to Seneca County Manager John Sheppard.

On jobs, too, a drop in Seneca County unemployment is directly attributed to del Lago. The New York State Department of Labor reports the unemployment rate dropped from 4.4 percent in October 2016 to 3.9 percent this October, giving it the fourth lowest unemployment rate out of the state’s 62 counties.

“We are thrilled to see that the unemployment rate for Seneca County has decreased, as it’s largely due to del Lago Resort & Casino hiring hundreds of Seneca County residents,” said Seneca County Board of Supervisors Chairman Bob Shipley. Shipley also noted a spark in economic growth and major development along Routes 318 and 414.

Neighboring counties are also benefiting, according to del Lago, with nearly 400 of its employees coming from Cayuga, Ontario and Wayne counties.

“More than 1,200 people from the region are currently employed at del Lago Resort & Casino, and that number continues to grow,” said Jeff Babinski, del Lago executive vice president and general manager.

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