SPRINGS, N.Y. – A group known as "Save
Saratoga" spoke out on Monday against the Las Vegas style casino expansion.
owners and business professionals gathered on Monday for a "Save Saratoga"
press conference. The group is against having a casino come to the area.
November, Proposition One in New York passed, allowing 7 Las Vegas style
casinos to be built. While the bill passed in the state, more than 50-percent
of voters in Saratoga County voted "No" to the proposition.
Gleeksman of Saratoga asked "We voted against it and you know, what was the
point of us voting if we don't have a say in what happens in our town?"
who support casinos have said it will create economic growth and revive the
state but long time Real Estate agent and Saratoga resident Jenny Mirling said
she's already seen the negative impact of what a casino could do to her business
and the future of the city.
estate clients are talking about an exit strategy," explained Mirling. "They
have been for the past year anticipating that this is a done deal and their
concern is I think that the nature of the community is going to change
first four casinos will be built upstate; one of them is set to expand the
Racino in Saratoga Springs. The group believes having an expanded casino would
create addiction and crime in the city and would exploit people's weaknesses.
Rev. John Ekman Greenfield said "Ability of the casinos
to outbid SPAC or to subsidize rooms and conference centers thus out bidding
the civic center and you have a recipe for the deterioration of downtown
members believe it would not create economic growth but instead, create low
paying jobs and alienate tourists who like the way the city is now.
Saratoga" said a casino will have a negative impact on home values.
group will be at a Chamber of Commerce forum Monday night where panelists will
talk about the potential impact of a casino and will answer questions submitted
on Twitter, by email, or on a note card.
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