Albany - State Senator Michael F. Nozzolio announced today that the final state budget will include more than $2.1 million to assist Ontario County and the Town of Farmington with increased costs associated with having a video lottery terminal facility or racino in their community. The State budget includes funding for each community in New York State that has a racino or VLT facility
“The racino at Finger Lakes Racetrack has been a tremendous success bringing thousands of new tourists and visitors to our region. With this ongoing success, brings additional challenges for the host communities and this important new state aid will allow the Town of Farmington and Ontario county to meet those challenges “ Senator Nozzolio said.
As part of the Local Assistance State Budget the VLT Impact Aid program will direct $1.43 million in state aid to the Town of Farmington and $750,000 to Ontario County.
Town of Farmington Supervisor Ted Fafinski praised the efforts of Senator Nozzolio in delivering this new state aid, “Once again, Senator Nozzolio has provided our community with real leadership and vision, by providing the Town of Farmington with meaningful state aid to allow us to address difficult issues like traffic congestion, infrastructure improvements and area beautification.”
This new funding was sought by Senator Nozzolio after Governor Pataki’s Executive budget proposal included state VLT Impact Aid for the City of Yonkers as Yonkers Raceway prepares to open its racino.
“The Racino has created new jobs and has attracted new visitors to our region. Now we must make sure that the Town of Farmington and Ontario County do everything possible to encourage these visitors to come back again and again. With this important new state aid, it is my belief that local officials will have the tools to meet those challenges and put the Town of Farmington’s best foot forward,” Nozzolio concluded.