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Racino staff joins casino debate

Workers fear for their jobs if site not selected

Kathleen Anderson ,The Saratogian Saratoga Casino & Raceway Entertainment Director, speaks in support of expanded gaming Tuesday morning during a Destination Saratoga press conference held at the Saratoga Rec Center.
Photographer: Marc Schultz
Kathleen Anderson ,The Saratogian Saratoga Casino & Raceway Entertainment Director, speaks in support of expanded gaming Tuesday morning during a Destination Saratoga press conference held at the Saratoga Rec Center.
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Charlie Hoffman has seen how drastically the fortunes of his employer can change with tweaks to the state’s gaming laws. The 90-year-old pari-mutuel clerk first started working at Saratoga Raceway in 1946 and watched as the harness track grew into a popular city destination through the 1970s. But when state legislators approved simulcasting at off-track betting parlors, Hoffman witnessed firsthand the precipitous decline suffered by the raceway until 2004, when the first video lottery terminals ...

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JJF
January 15, 2014
4:32 p.m.

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I, for one, am in favor of creating Nis Vegas, when OD Heck(which should have never been built) closes. The neighborhood has already been compromised on three sides by Mohawk Commons(with an interesting tax history), and it is on the bus line, for those who choose to be employed, in decent, but, not great paying service jobs. And, 5(maybe more depending on how far you can hit) good golf courses within driving distance as a bonus.

Schenectady County certainly has a plethora of politicians "on the take" to make this happen, so let's get behind Nis Vegas!

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