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Some fears

Saratoga Springs merchants not keen on having casino

Some fearful of live gaming ‘sucking the life out of us’

Saratoga Casino and Raceway is considered a front-runner for placement of a live gaming casino after voters approved a constitutional amendment allowing the state to license four upstate casinos.
Photographer: Marc Schultz
Saratoga Casino and Raceway is considered a front-runner for placement of a live gaming casino after voters approved a constitutional amendment allowing the state to license four upstate casinos.
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The coming expansion of Las Vegas-style casinos in New York puts Saratoga Springs on the short list to land a gambling palace, but many people here say they’re doing just fine, thank you, without one. Unlike the economically stagnant Catskills and Southern Tier communities also in the running for casinos, the thriving Saratoga Springs area voted against last week’s statewide referendum. Downtown is a bustling blend of shops, restaurants and bars. Hotels book a steady ...

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kopacham
November 11, 2013
8:03 a.m.

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Gambling does suck the life out of the community. One need only go a couple blocks off main street in Alantic City, NJ to see the blight. Look at what Turningstone has done for Utica, nothing.

kopacham
November 11, 2013
8:05 a.m.

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Gambling does suck the life out of the community. One need only go a couple blocks off main street in Alantic City, NJ to see the blight. Look at what Turningstone has done for Utica, not much!

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