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Protestors smash slot machines at Capitol


ALBANY, N.Y. - Citizens are taking part in smashing modern day slot machines at the State Capitol on Tuesday in reenactment of a former New York City mayor's efforts against slot machines more than 70 years ago.

The group, Institute for American Values, is holding the event in West Capitol Park until 1 p.m. to address what they call the substantial amount of evidence that government sponsorship of slot machines is contributing to rising inequality and unfairness in New York.

Former New York City Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia smashed many slot machines during his term in the 1930's "because he hated ordinary New Yorkers getting exploited and cheated."

Opponents of casino gambling have joined at the event to protest the November referendum to bring more casinos to New York.

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