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Gov. Andrew Cuomo, other NY leaders have received $3.3M from gambling interests
Published: Monday, October 07, 2013






By MICHAEL GORMLEY
Associated Press






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ALBANY, N.Y. — Gov. Andrew Cuomo has received $361,500 and the state Legislature has raked in more than $1 million from gambling interests leading up to the Nov. 5 casino referendum which is being challenged in court, according to a new report.


Common Cause of New York found $3.3 million in campaign contribution to Albany leaders from 2011 to this past July. Soon after, the governor and legislative leaders changed the wording of the referendum to an unusually rosy tone, promising seven Las Vegas-style casinos in New York will bring lower taxes, more school aid and more jobs — all of which are disputed.


There is no mention of the addiction and other social ills associated with gambling. Good-government groups and newspaper editorials have criticized the unusual wording of the referendum that must be decided by New Yorkers who are split over the issue.


A recent editorial in the New York Daily News called it “perverting the constitutional amendment process” and “trying to rig the vote.”


“The assumption is when you go to the ballot the referendum you are presented is not biased,” said Susan Lerner of Common Cause. “To us, this is a terrible precedent. We hope not to see it again.”


The referendum calls for allowing a total of seven casinos on non-Indian land in three areas of the state. The Catskills/Hudson Valley region would be allowed either one or two gaming halls if voters give the go-ahead. The new owner of the Nevele resort in the Ulster County town of Wawarsing hopes to land a gambling license, as do the owners of several sites in neighboring Sullivan County.


Common Cause plans to provide a legal brief in support of a lawsuit in state Supreme Court challenging the rewording of the referendum, and attorney Eric Snyder has a Friday court date for his lawsuit challenging the language of the referendum.


Snyder, who opposes casino gambling, argues that state law prohibits the use of public money to influence voters in a referendum. Rewording the casino referendum with benefits not even mentioned in the law that authorized the referendum uses public money to get a “yes” vote, Snyder said.


That law enacting the referendum had once prohibited campaign contributions from gambling interests. But that was dropped during closed-door negotiations.


Common Cause found 11 groups made contributions in the six figures, including the New York Gaming Association, an operator of video slot machine centers, which contributed $543,051. The Seneca Indian Nation contributed $525,650. Continued...
 

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Wow, I'm shocked...no I'm not. Expected this all along, just waited for someone to publish it. Now if only we could jail him for corruption.
 

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I just stumbled across this on the freeman website. Not a shocker but I hope the people that voted for him and think he is our white knight see he truly is Harvey Dent aka TWO FACE.
 

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And we expected something different? These politicians are crooks. A career pol is as much a career criminal as a mobster. This is why term limits are an absolute necessity.
 

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This is why Corps shouldn't be allowed to donote money to politicians.
 

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This is why Corps shouldn't be allowed to donote money to politicians.
Citizens United screwed us all. Good bye to Government of the people, by the people and for the people. It's now government of the corporation, by the corporation and for the corporation.
 

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...or more aptly. government at the people, over the people, and in spite of the people.
 

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If war is a racquet, then government is a legalized criminal enterprize.
 

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Don't worry. I'm sure Andy will commission an investigative panel that will get to the bottom of all this and charges will be filed in the case of any wrongdoing.
 

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When it comes up for vote, the fuher will saturate the media with all the "great" things that will come from a positive vote. The sheep will follow. I doubt there's a chance to defeat it. Don't understand why the "native americans" are not opposed.
 

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When it comes up for vote, the fuher will saturate the media with all the "great" things that will come from a positive vote. The sheep will follow. I doubt there's a chance to defeat it. Don't understand why the "native americans" are not opposed.
I don't believe any new casino's would be built near any existing native American casino's. So their sphere of influence would not be disturbed.
 

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When it comes up for vote, the fuher will saturate the media with all the "great" things that will come from a positive vote. The sheep will follow. I doubt there's a chance to defeat it. Don't understand why the "native americans" are not opposed.
There's actually a lawsuit against the state for doing exactly that, not in the media, but in the actual language that will appear on the ballot.

"The proposed amendment to section 9 of article 1 of the Constitution would allow the Legislature to authorize up to seven casinos in New York State for the legislated purposes of promoting job growth, increasing aid to schools, and permitting local governments to lower property taxes through revenues generated. Shall the amendment be approved?"

NY Board of Elections sued over casino gambling language on November ballot | syracuse.com

Don't get down on this just yet. This is an off year election, where turnout is notoriously low. Only the motivated and highly pissed off show up at the polls. We can win this.
 
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