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Judge Set to Hear Lawsuit Over Casino Amendment

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Casting a ballot at one of New York's consolidated polling sites. (Stephen Nessen)

A State Supreme Court judge will hear a challenge Friday to the wording of a November ballot amendment. The measure would allow up to seven new casinos in New York.

The amendment that voters will see on the ballot doesn't once use the word "gambling." It instead asks whether there should be up to 7 casinos for the purpose of promoting job growth, increasing aid to schools, and permitting local governments to lower property taxes. Brooklyn attorney Eric Snyder filed a lawsuit against the amendment.

“I just thought it was inappropriate to be on a ballot in that form," he said.

Heather Briccetti, president of the Business Council, which is part of a coalition that's promoting the gambling amendment, defended the wording. She said jobs, school aid and tax cuts are the purpose of the measure.  

“I don’t see that as nefarious in any way,” Briccetti said.

Two government reform groups are filing amicus briefs in the case.

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