SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y.—Employees of Saratoga Casino and Raceway
held a press conference on Tuesday to call on the community to support a
The employees are speaking out to inform the community of the
positive impact that the casino has had in the community by providing hundreds
of jobs with benefits along with expanding opportunity in Saratoga Springs.
At 90 years old, Charles Hoffman is very clear about what
working at the Saratoga Casino and Raceway since 1946 has meant for him and his
family. He was one of about a half dozen other employees and their families
that came together to express their support for expanding gaming at the
Currently, 630 people are employed at the Saratoga Casino
and Raceway, which includes cooks, coat checks, security guards and more. They
say if they were chosen to receive a full casino license, they could add
another 600 jobs.
Jeff Scarfo is one of the current 630 employees. Scarfo
said working as a marketing manager at the Racino has allowed him to support
his wife and four-year-old daughter Amelia. He calls it a good job.
"It supports our mortgage, bills, everything,"
Opposition to putting in a full-fledged casino in
Saratoga has been mounting since the state passed the proposition in November.
The group, called Saratogians Against Vegas Style
Expansion, or Save Argues, said the expanded casino would lead to more crime,
hurt the downtown and that simply, it isn't needed.
Newly elected Mayor Joanne Yepsen said she's heard both
sides but that community input is only 20-percent of the application that the Racino
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