The iron rule of gaming is this: The odds always favor the house. That’s as true of the Las Vegas blackjack table and the Atlantic City slot machine as it… All this would be reason enough to vote down this initiative. But the ballot’s added language suggesting cost-free benefits merits its own rebuke. New Yorkers would do well to regard this language with the same credibility we give to the promises of carnival barkers, The Post urges a “No” on Proposal 1.
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No to More Casinos in New York State
Published: October 24, 2013
New York State is home to five casinos run by Indian tribes and nine casinos that are called “racinos” because they are large slot machine parlors near racetracks. Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the Legislature now want to expand gambling by putting a constitutional amendment on the Nov. 5 ballot that would add seven full-blown casinos. The answer from voters should be no.
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A voice against proposition one
Ramsay Adams knows that a lot of important people in Sullivan County and beyond are in favor of gaming. They want people to vote “yes” on Proposition One in November and change the state constitution to allow up to seven casinos in the state. But Adams’ reluctant position is to oppose the proposition, because he believes casinos in Sullivan County will bring more harm than good.
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Casinos a bad bet for Catskills
By Ramsay Adams, Commentary
Updated 4:49 pm, Thursday, October 17, 2013
When our group, Catskill Mountainkeeper, opened its doors in 2006, Gov. George Pataki had proposed multiple casinos for the region. We took on the Pataki proposal as our initial battle, because we didn’t see casino gambling as a good long-term fit for the region’s economic challenges.
Seven years later, it’s a different governor, but the same scheme.
We oppose this latest proposal, a change in the state’s constitution up for an Election Day
vote on Nov. 5, for many of the same reasons we fought the last one. For us, the casino question is straightforward. When we again take a close look at the facts, it’s hard to buy the sunny picture the pro-casino forces are painting. They’ve even tried to stack the deck with slanted language in the referendum itself.
On virtually every front — from the environmental impact to the burden casinos place on local services to a likely increase in crime — we’re convinced the drawbacks vastly outstrip the benefits.
The writer is executive director of Catskill Mountainkeeper