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CNY Residents Weigh In On Proposition 1 Casino Legislation

There are 6 state propositions on today's ballot. One of those propositions, Proposition 1, will allow up to seven new casinos in New York State, if passed. Supporters say Prop 1 will promote job growth and increase aid to schools, but opponents say economic development shouldn't be based off of money generated from gambling. Voters we talk with today have mixed opinions.
There are 6 state propositions on today's ballot. One of those propositions, Proposition 1, will allow up to seven new casinos in New York State, if passed.

Supporters say Prop 1 will promote job growth and increase aid to schools, but opponents say economic development shouldn't be based off of money generated from gambling. Voters we talk with today have mixed opinions.

"Extra casinos would help this area very very much," says Anthony Rotundo, Utica residents.

"Be a good competition for Turning Stone. There will be more work in the area," says Milo D'Carlo, Utica resident.

"Help them with jobs because as it is, there's not enough economy here, and it would help," says Rotundo.

These Oneida County voters support Proposition 1. If passed, officials say the bill could create over 10,000 new jobs in the state and bring in over $400-million dollars in annual revenue. Some lawmakers say our region would see a chunk of that money.

"Locally here in Oneida County, it's up to $18 million dollars coming thru the county, in Herkimer County its $1.6 million dollars," says Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi, (D) District 119.

Assemblyman Brindisi says most of that money will help the everyday person.

"The language in the amendment says the aid will go towards the schools and for property tax relief. It can't be used for other things," says Assemblyman Brindisi.

Local lawmakers say the Utica School District would receive $1-million dollars in aid. Other area schools would receive smaller amounts of funding. Still, some voters are skeptic.

"Will that happen? How many times have we heard that story before? And saying it and doing it are 2 different things," says David Hart, Utica resident.

"I don't believe so. Think the majority of the money will go to the high level bureaucrats. We don't need more casinos for people to go squander their good-earned money. We have enough gambling places," says Joseph Manno, Utica resident.

This casino legislation is just 1 of 6 propositions listed on the back of the ballot. If you haven't voted yet, Board of Elections says remember to flip the ballot over and vote on all propositions.
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