State Judge Tosses Lawsuit Challenging Casino Ballot Measure

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A state Supreme Court judge has thrown out a lawsuit that challenged the wording of a November ballot measure to expand gambling in New York.

Judge Richard Platkin rejected a challenge from a Brooklyn attorney Eric Snyder who said the wording of the amendment to allow up to seven new gambling casinos in New York was biased. The amendment reads that the new casinos would create jobs, reduce property taxes and help pay for education. The State Board of Elections changed the wording from more neutral language submitted by the state's attorney general.

Judge Platkin said in his ruling that he would not hear the case because the challenger did not bring the lawsuit soon enough. He also ruled that the argument that the ballot language includes a positive spin did not have legal merit.

Snyder said he will appeal.