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Casino developer will air plans to Schenectady council; foes to gather

The former Alco factory site along Erie Boulevard in Schenectady, pictured recently, is the site of a proposed casino.
The former Alco factory site along Erie Boulevard in Schenectady, pictured recently, is the site of a proposed casino.
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The casino debate is about to begin in Schenectady. First, Rush Street Gaming will presents its plans to the Schenectady City Council at its meeting Monday. Then, as the council discusses whether to support the plan, the Schenectady County Legislature will hold a public hearing at 7 p.m. The Legislature may also discuss whether to support the casino. On Saturday, Stockade neighborhood residents opposed to the casino will meet to sign a petition and write ...

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dagiacalone
May 31, 2014
12:19 a.m.

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The City of Schenectady is the only Host Municipality that can approve a casino application. The definition of "Host Municipality" in the Gaming Commission's Request for Applications (page 9) is "each town, village or city in the territorial boundaries of which the Project Site described in an Application is located. " The County cannot supply the needed "local support" if the City fails to pass an approval resolution.

mezz3131
May 31, 2014
8:30 a.m.

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I wish I had time to start up a petition for all those that DO support a casino. Like anything else, only those that are against it take the time to speak out. The overwhelming majority of those I speak to are very much in favor. Casinos don't bring crime and create gambling addictions. Easy welfare benefits and lottery tickets do. Too bad neither one is going anywhere. Change only comes if you make it happen. Lack of business as usual in the blown fuse electric city....

dagiacalone
May 31, 2014
11:50 a.m.

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mezz3131, I wish I had the time to do this, too. But, it seems too important to ignore, so I am giving up a lovely weekend. As you have probably seen, the proponents of casinos have had lots of press and lots of meetings with the powers that be, and they spend millions to make their billions, so can hire pr firms and cheerleaders.
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The best neutral information I have found says that urban casinos do indeed bring several kinds of street and financial crime with them. The neighborhoods nearest a casino are negatively impacted. It is a gamble I am not willing to take with my neighborhood, especially given the excessive predictions of tax revenues and the trends in many places of a significant drop-off in revenues. And, what happens when businesses not connected enough to partner up with Galesi-Rush suffer greatly and reduce staff, go out of business, or move to the suburbs.
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Thanks for disagreeing without getting ornery.

themisfit13
May 31, 2014
3:56 p.m.

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Does anyone else find it ironic that the County knowing full well when the City Council holds it's meetings decides to have a public hearing on the issue at the exact same time on the same day? Wonder what the thought is behind that??????

hodgkins.t
May 31, 2014
8:22 p.m.

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Less than one full business day public notice before the day Both legislatures hold hearings. How long has the billionaire known? Who is more important to our legislatures? The people of Schenectady?

Tocker3law
May 31, 2014
9:37 p.m.

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Is a referendum possible?

dagiacalone
June 1, 2014
4:58 p.m.

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Mr. Tocker, It doesn't look like a referendum is possible, as the casino siting process was clearly set up to leave the question to the elected leaders closest to people and businesses that will be most impacted. Kinda makes one yearn for recall and impeachment powers at the City level.
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Note: When explaining above why a County is not a Host Municipality that can give the required approval, I forgot to include the most direct passage in the Request for Applications. At page 7, it says "For purposes of this requirement, the Host Municipality of a Project Site located in a city is the city."
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A cynic might think folks in the County Building and at Metroplex were lending Mayor McCarthy a helping hand for arm-twisting. Undecided Council members might have concluded over the weekend that the courage it takes to resist the Party's bullying tactics was simply not worth the aggravation: If the County could override their No vote, it would simply be symbolic and quixotic. Please let Mssrs. Erickson and Mootooveren know a no vote can indeed be worthwhile and gratifying.
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Over at tinyURL.com/noalcocasino , reasons for opposing this urban casino will be collected and posted over the next two days, along with a Petition to download and sign, and information on the Anti-Casino Rally at 1 PM Saturday, June 7, at Arthur's Market, across from Lawrence the Indian, at Front and N. Ferry Streets.

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