Update: Gambling Approved, Casino in the Catskills Now a Certainty

The statewide referendum to allow 7 state sanctioned casinos in New York State passed on election day.  The result is that the Catskill region will see at least one Las Vegas style casino.   Mountainkeeper opposed the referendum and made the case that the costs outweigh the benefits.  Now Mountainkeeper will work with the Governor, local elected officials and developers to ensure that the best location is chosen and that the negative impacts of a casino are mitigated as much as possible.  We want to make sure that the casino succeeds and has a positive impact on the region.  The referendum promised to create jobs, lower taxes and support education- we will work to make sure those promises are fulfilled.  There is a thoughtful editorial on this in the Albany Times Union and we encourage everyone – both proponents and opponents of the referendum to read it here:
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Watch ABC News’ report on the referendum with Mountainkeeper’ response here:
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