PHILADELPHIA (February 22, 2013) – State Sen. Larry Farnese (D-Phila.) today thanked the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (Board) for their recent decision to hold an additional public input hearing in South Philadelphia on the future location of the City’s second casino.  Gaming Board Chair William Ryan announced the decision in Thursday’s Senate Appropriations Committee hearing.

In November of 2012, Senator Farnese sent a letter to the Board asking them to hold a minimum of three public input hearings.  The third session, which has not yet been scheduled by the Board, will offer residents, neighborhood associations and businesses an additional opportunity to weigh in on each of the six proposed casino locations.

“I was very pleased to hear that the Pennsylvania Gaming Board took my suggestion and will hold a third public input hearing in South Philadelphia,” said Farnese.  “More input and a positive, open process will not only maximize the benefit of this second casino to Philadelphia, but it will create a unique facility that will employ hundreds of Pennsylvanians and generate millions of dollars in new public revenue.”

The Board already has public input hearings scheduled to take place at the Philadelphia Convention Center on April 11 and 12.

Senator Larry Farnese was elected to the Senate in 2008 to represent Pennsylvania’s First Senatorial District which contains some of Philadelphia’s most unique and vibrant neighborhoods from Port Richmond on the Delaware River to Fairmount Park on the Schuylkill River and South Philadelphia, Center City, the Navy Yard, Philadelphia International Airport.  Senator Farnese serves as the Democratic Chair of the Communications and Technology Committee.  He is also a member of the Appropriations Committee, Banking and Insurance Committee, the Law and Justice Committee and the Judiciary Committee.  His District Office is located at 1802 S. Broad Street in Philadelphia, PA (ph: 215-952-3121) and his Harrisburg Office is located at 543 Main Capitol in Harrisburg, PA (ph: 717-787-5662).  More information about the Senator and his initiatives is available at