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Don't accept rosy predictions for downtown casino Your May 2 editorial ignored The Gazette's own article from the prior day [May 1], which explains why Schenectady City Council President Peggy King tabled a casino zoning resolution: She did not have the votes to pass it. Ms. King wants to vote as soon as her arm-twisting achieves a council majority. It is irresponsible for politicians to merely accept rosy predictions from interested parties, professional development cheerleaders ...


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JoeK
May 13, 2014
9:24 a.m.

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Mr. Giacalone it is easy to be critical of something but what plan do you have to redevelop our city,produce thousands of jobs and lower our taxes?

dagiacalone
May 13, 2014
10:08 a.m.

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JoeK, Is it your idea of good leadership for our elected officials to jump on a bandwagon without kicking the tires and peeking behind the rosy promises? If no one is allowed to speak out against a bad idea, or at least urge caution and raise questions, without a viable alternate plan, you'd have a lot more free time. Should we automatically accept any large project willing to come to Schenectady because we want our taxes to be lower (even though there is never any guarantee that taxes would go down)? Maybe we could have a Stockade Maximum Security Prison, or Goose Hill Garbage and Nuclear Waste Dump.
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How many net jobs will be produced by a casino? Would they be quality jobs that go to Schenectadians? What competing "leisure" and tourist businesses that have stuck it out in Schenectady will go under or move to the suburbs? Check out the unemployment rate in Atlantic City over the past few decades with its casinos. It is consistently higher than the county around it and the entire state of New Jersey. Also please look into crime rates around the casinos and in towns along major roads leading to the casinos, and visit the neighborhoods beyond the casino district to see if they are thriving. Also, you better call ahead before heading out to eat at any Atlantic City restaurant that existed before the casinos arrived.
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Schenectady is not so desperate that it needs to risk the quality of life of its people on a big gamble like a casino, which we cannot wish away once it arrives, no matter how many problems it creates and promises fail to come true. What is it worth to you in reduced taxes, if Schenectady continues to be known for what it used to be, and is saddled with the image of a city with so little hope it risked its future on being just one of numerous casino towns within a two or three hour drive?

JoeK
May 13, 2014
11:53 a.m.

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Again what is your plan to move our city forward? I would listen but you do not have one.It is easy to condemn something but without an alternative its bogus.

JIMOCONNOR
May 14, 2014
9:48 a.m.

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Great. a 12309 carpetbagger needs to mentor a council member.

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