Public perception of casinos among upstate New Yorkers continues to evolve. While new gaming halls will be built, people have become more aware of the long-term positives and negatives they'll bring to surrounding areas.
Another wrinkle in the regional casino picture - Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan announced this week that the the so-called "E23 proposal" with the casino, hotel, restaurants and water park - is not to be – "What we have learned is that what was at least presented is not possible."
The dream is gone - left behind as wealthy Rochester developer David Flaum looks across the Hudson to Rensselaer, where Wednesday night the city council, in a 6-to-1 vote, gave Flaum the green light to site a casino-hotel complex on a 24-acre site along the riverbank.
Debate over the locations of casinos in New York has intensified. Several municipalities are mulling over the issue.
Many communities across New York are talking about building casinos. Reactions have been mixed. In Saratoga Springs, home to a Racino, the city council came out against "upgrading" to a casino model, prompting developer Saratoga Casino And Raceway to look to places like Newburgh in Orange County and East Greenbush in Rensselaer County as potential casino sites.
New York Congressman Paul Tonko, a Democrat representing the Capital Region, spoke with WAMC for an upcoming Congressional Corner segment on Thursday. He was asked about the many possible casino proposals being discussed within his district.
Capital District OTB has partnered with a Rochester developer - they've come up with a $300-million idea to build a casino at Thruway Exit 23. Albany Common Council members were briefed on the plan Friday afternoon.
The New York State Gaming Commission has announced that it will appoint three individuals to sit on the state’s casino siting panel.
The Commission announced Thursday three new people to serve on the Resort Gaming Facility Location Board. The Board will be responsible for evaluating casino applications and determining who will be eligible for a full-scale casino license.
This November, voters in New York will decide whether the state will allow up to seven new resort style gambling casinos, when they have the choice of saying yes or no to an amendment. But the wording of the actual referendum on the ballot may increase the odds of the new casinos being approved.
A referendum on the November ballot to consider approving seven casinos in New York is raising some eyebrows among good-government advocates for wording that promises to lower taxes, provide more money for schools and create more jobs.
One political scientist says the language is pushing voters for a "yes" vote sought by Albany politicians.
The unusually optimistic theme makes no mention that the claims are disputed by some researchers and doesn't note the decline of some casinos in the Northeast or the rise in problem gambling that can shatter families and increase crime.