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NY Voters to Decide on More Casinos Upstate

Wednesday, October 09, 2013

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Voters in New York will not only pick a new mayor next month, they will also decide whether the state should have more casino gambling. 

A ballot initiative before voters would amend the state constitution to allow the legislature to approve seven non-Indian casinos in New York.  The first four casinos would be built in three upstate regions: the Catskills, the Southern Tier and near Albany.

The state budget office says new casinos could bring in up to $430 million in annual revenue for the state.

Recent polls show about 55 percent of registered voters support the ballot initiative. "It looks like it is expected to pass," said Erica Orden, state government reporter for the Wall Street Journal. "There will be a big push in coming weeks and there are several groups that expect to spend millions of dollars on advertising and voter turnout operations and other activities designed to advance the ballot measure."

To hear a complete interview with Erica Orden, click the audio link above.

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Kassiane Lekai from New York City

Re: Casinos - This is a done deal and a voting fraud - We had a referendum once before and we voted against casinos but they were installed overriding our "no casinos" votes. Casinos are a social scourge. How dare we tell our school children they should be grateful to casinos for their education - no wonder they have no respect for the schools or their teachers. Instead, let's us glorify the hard-working parents who work very hard to pay federal, state and local taxes, to support and raise their children and to provide decent schools and a decent education. We, New York residents, where are our visionaries? Instead of casinos (thieves preying on the poor)employing a few hundred - can not some rich visionary start opening factories employing many hundreds in decent well-paying, self-respecting jobs allowing them pay taxes and participate in the growth of our beautiful State and City? Our City is a mess - our roads and streets are horrible (crossing the steets a hazard), our schools are horrible, our housing situation is horrible, and homeless and hungry population is growing. When our Country was being built, like today we were a nation of skilled and unskilled immigrants. But along came Ford, Carnegie and other visionaries and put us to work, skilled to supervise and unskilled as hard-working, loyal trainees. Forget the casinos - GIVE OUR PEOPLE JOBS.

Oct. 10 2013 11:27 AM

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