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Schenectady Council facing casino time crunch

Resolution required by the end of June

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A previous version of this story incorrectly estimated the revenue the city could receive from the casino. It is estimated at $6 million a year. SCHENECTADY — A shaky consensus on the proposed Schenectady casino is being forged by the City Council, with the swing vote holding out for major concessions. Councilman Carl Erikson wants a promise that casino revenue, estimated at $6 million, would be used to reduce taxes. And if that isn’t enough, ...


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hodgkins.t
May 29, 2014
12:29 a.m.

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The people most impacted by a new casino in downtown Schenectady have clearly voted against increasing gambling opportunities for their families and communities. For a detailed analysis of the November 2013 vote see my blog @ http://schenectadyplaygrounds.blogspot.c...

dagiacalone
May 29, 2014
8:59 a.m.

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It is not believable that the ardent supporters of the Casino in City Hall did not know they needed to have a resolution passed by the end of June, or had a senior moment and let it slip their minds. What is very believable is that Ms. King would be willing to look foolish in order to cook up an excuse to avoid a public hearing. She and the Mayor have been twisting the arms of Council members to get unanimous support for the Casino, in order to present the Gaming Facility Siting Commission with an image of solid support in the community for the Casino. A public hearing could, of course, reveal the size and strength of the opposition.
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The leaders of the Stockade Association apparently also want to avoid any public controversy over the Casino at the close-by ALCO site, so they have decided not to call a meeting of Association members about the Casino, even though a solid majority of Stockade residents voting on the casino proposition last November said No to any upstate casino. This leaves us with very public support and cheerleading for the casino by the Association president, but no official statement or resolution by an Association chartered to represent the Stockade neighborhood before government bodies, and pledged to preserve the residential nature and safety of the Stockade.

JIMOCONNOR
May 29, 2014
10:49 a.m.

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Is any of this REAL? Or, is it just a RED HERRING being used to generate posturing for council members. If the issue had any plausibility at all, wouldn't the County Board and METROPLEX be posturing as well.

dagiacalone
May 29, 2014
12:22 p.m.

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JIMOCONNOR: The Applicant is only required to obtain an approval resolution from the legislature of the host municipality. So, the County and Metroplex can let City Hall get a backache from posturing.

hodgkins.t
May 29, 2014
5:27 p.m.

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100% of the election districts in Niskayuna, Princetown and Duanesburg voted against a casino !
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92.6% of the election districts in Glenville voted against a casino !
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Many of these election districts are closer to the proposed casino than city residents.
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Their opinions are important and must be considered by the city council, not out of a legal obligation, because this is a highly flawed process, but out of a devotion to democratic and ethical principles.
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Why would you support a project that is widely and strongly opposed by the people in your greater community?

JIMOCONNOR
May 29, 2014
10:03 p.m.

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dagiiacalone; thanks for enlightening us..i mean it.

another tangential stream of thought from the legislative aide.

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