Batavia Downs

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More than 400 workers are back on their job, after Batavia Downs Gaming reopened Wednesday after being closed since the state locked down in March.

Hamburg Gaming

The door of New York's economy creaks open a little more Wednesday, with non-Indian gambling slowing starting up again under new state rules.

Mike Desmond / WBFO News

Republican Party chairs from the eight counties in the 27th congressional district spent three hours talking Tuesday night about how to get indicted Rep. Chris Collins (R-Clarence) off the November ballot and find a replacement.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Officials from Batavia Downs Gaming delivered a big check to the Erie County Comptroller's office on Wednesday. They also delivered a message that their checks to local communities could be larger, if Governor Cuomo would level the tax playing field for the Western New York facility.

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A ceremonial groundbreaking was held Monday morning on the site of a future hotel at Batavia Downs Gaming, where business leaders are hailing Genesee County's growing tourism industry.


A hotel project planned for Batavia Downs is receiving $628,000 in tax abatements, an allowance that has sparked criticism in Genesee County. On WBFO's Press Pass, Howard Owens, publisher of the The Batavian.com, makes sense of a dollars-and-cents issue for local taxpayers.