New Yorkers to Vote Pass Casino Referendum
In the referendum held last Tuesday 57% of voters approved the plan to allow up to seven private casinos in the state of New York. The first four of the casinos are due to be built in the Catskills, Southern Tier and Capital Region and will have gambling exclusivity for seven years.
After the referendum Governor Andrew Cuomo said, “The passage of Proposal One is a big win for local governments, school districts, and taxpayers across New York State. This vote will keep hundreds of millions of dollars spent each year in neighbouring states right here in New York, while increasing revenue for local schools, lowering property tax taxes, and bringing proper regulation to the industry.”
Now the state Gaming Commission will set up a committee to review the proposals for the four casinos. There are already numerous casino companies hoping to build in the designated areas.
While the referendum has passed, there were many conservative and liberal activists who opposing it. Conservative Party Chairman Michael Long said that “this is the biggest hoax that is being portrayed on the taxpayers in New York that I have seen in many years.” Now it is just a matter of time before Michael Long is proved right or wrong.