I wholeheartedly agreed with The New York Times editorial board in urging New Yorkers to vote NO on Proposition One on Tuesday's ballot. Vote AGAINST more casinos in New York State.
The general election is Tuesday and New Yorkers won't decide only races like the one for mayor of New York City, but also six constitutional proposals listed on the ballot, too. (In New York City, the ballot questions will be in only 6-point type. Yikes!) Excerpts from the Times editorial concerning Prop. One:
Gambling is a regressive tax that takes its highest toll on those who can least afford it. Casinos often bring higher crime rates and deterioration of the communities nearby.... [Y]ou should not accept the way this amendment is advertised on the ballot as a jobs and growth initiative for upstate New York. It is liable to fail to deliver on that promise.
[T]he experiences of other states that have expanded casino gambling have been mostly dismal. The casino construction jobs are not permanent, and the better-paying croupier and management jobs often go to workers from out of the area and even out of the state. People from the community usually end up with the low-wage service jobs at best....
Other communities have reported a loss in local business as gamblers are swept into the casino and stay there to spend their money. And the National Association of Realtors reported in July that when a casino is built in Massachusetts, the effect on home prices nearby is expected to be “generally negative.”
There is plenty of evidence that more casinos will simply do more damage. Voters should reject the constitutional amendment.
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“Casinos are a whole different breed. It changes communities.
It doesn’t generate wealth, it just redistributes it.”
- Mario Cuomo, Governor of New York, 1983–1994
How I'm voting on Tuesday in several of the key races and all six propositions:
Mayor: Bill de Blasio*
Public Advocate: Letitia James*
City Comptroller: Scott Stringer*
Manhattan Borough President: Gale Brewer (this race is on Manhattanites' ballots only)
*I'll be voting for them on the Democratic Party line
Prop 1 No
Prop 2 Yes
Prop 3 Yes
Prop 4 Yes
Prop 5 No -- respectable environmental groups actually split on their recommendations here for and against this land swap in the Adirondacks; I'm voting no because I think it destroys essentially (though not technically) old-growth areas and could also, potentially, open the door to private development; those supporting it argue correctly that it does result in a net gain in the amount of public land
Prop 6 No -- I'm ambivalent about this on; it calls for forcing judges to retire at the age of 70, but NYS's court system is understaffed and over-burdened, we need both the new, young workers and the experienced senior jurists