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Tensions boil over at casino meeting

Tyre, N.Y. - With a unanimous 5-0 town council vote, plans for a $350 million casino are moving forward while at the same time, tensions are moving higher.

According to witnesses at Thursday's town board meeting in Tyre, Lynn Barbuto a 63- year-old anti-casino resident was pushed out of her chair when a pro-casino individual tried to make her sit elsewhere.

Barbuto is a representative of the Amish on the casino matter, and told 13WHAM News she had to leave the meeting on a stretcher and in a neck brace.

13WHAM News reached out to the Tyre Town Supervisor, Ronald McGreevy to comment on the incident, but McGreevy said he had been advised by a lawyer to not comment on the matter.

In a phone interview with 13WHAM News, Barbuto said she's still shaken by the alleged incident and seeing doctors as a result.

The meeting lasted nearly five hours, and in the end, the unanimous vote translates to town council support of the proposed Wilmot Casino and Resort.

The project is not a done deal by any means. The casino plan will need to be approved by the New York State Gaming Commission.

A final decision from the Commission is expected in early-Autumn.

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