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New Yorkers ready to throw the dice on casinos: Siena

Thursday, September 29, 2011 - 10:06 AM

With the state's budget crunching giving state officials leave to look for interesting revenue streams, New Yorkers appear to support at least one of Governor Cuomo's ideas. According to a Siena Reseach poll released today, 57 percent of the respondents said they would support a constitutional change to allow gambling outside of Native American reservations in New York.

Nearly three-quarters of those polled believe the move will create significant jobs and bring in major revenue for the state. This, despite a majority of those polled agreeing that bringing gambling to New York will also bring additional crime and gambling addiction.

“Majorities of Democrats and Republicans, and of residents of every region of the state, support allowing Vegas-style casinos to be built here in New York. While there is concern about crime and compulsive gambling, the need for jobs and government revenues appears to far outweigh the downsides according to most New Yorkers and voters,” Don Levy, Siena Research Institute's director, said in a statement.

While Governor Cuomo appears to be supportive of the measure, New York City's mayor Michael Bloomberg has called the move "regressive" and is not in favor of making it legal.

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Comments [2]

Marilyn Lancelot

The person sitting next to you in church, the man in line at the grocery store, or one of your co-workers; any one of these could be involved with a gambling problem. Imagine your grandmother committing a crime to support her gambling addiction. I am a recovering alcoholic, gambler, and have recovered from other addictive behaviors. I published a book, Gripped by Gambling, where the readers can follow the destructive path of the compulsive gambler, a prison sentence, and then on to the recovery road.
 
I recently published a second book, Switching Addictions, describing additional issues that confront the recovering addict. If a person who has an addictive personality, doesn’t admit to at least two addictions, he’s not being honest. These are two books you might consider adding to your library. I also publish a free online newsletter, Women Helping Women, which has been on-line for more than ten years and is read by hundreds of women (and men) from around the world.  (www.femalegamblers.info). I have been interviewed many times, and appeared on the 60 Minutes show in January 2011, which was moderated by Leslie Stahl.
 
Sincerely,
 
Marilyn Lancelot

Oct. 01 2011 04:05 PM
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Sep. 29 2011 04:47 PM

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