State gaming regulators on Monday announced the request for applications process had formally started for a Southern Tier-based casino project.

The casino license would be the fourth awarded and comes after the state’s gaming facility siting board decided in December to only issue three licenses for casino projects.

The announcement included approval for projects in the Catskills, the Capital Region and the Finger Lakes, but did not include backing for any proposals near Binghamton. The announcement of the casino siting came the same day Gov. Andrew Cuomo moved to ban hydrofracking in the state, which had been seen as a potential economic boost for the Southern Tier, an area that has consistently lagged the state in job growth.

Initially, the state and the Cuomo administration appeared unmoved by calls to open a new RFA process and issue a fourth licence.

But Cuomo changed course in January, asking the facility location board to consider issuing the final license to a Souhtern Tier-based project.