Controversial Casino Plan the Right Move for Upstate New York

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With New York state said to be considering authorizing four new casino licenses in the near future, casino resort project proposals have been rolling in. The highest caliber of these proposals comes from the organization that owns Churchill Downs, which hosts the Kentucky Derby.

The New York state government plans to authorize new casino licenses in an attempt to boost the struggling economies in upstate and western New York. This is a decision that has received mixed feedback as some citizens point to the negative connotations that surround casinos. Despite this negative feedback, it appears that residents of New York can expect to see new casinos popping up in the relatively near future.

Casino Plans

The owners of Churchill Downs represent the most high profile of the groups attempting to pioneer the proposed casino expansion in upstate New York. This group is proposing to build a $300 million casino and resort just outside of Albany. This facility would be similar to Dover Downs Hotel & Casino and other luxury casino resorts. These facilities offer customers a wide variety of entertainment options, high-end hotel experiences and fine dining.

Government officials support this plan and others like it as they will bring in thousands of new jobs and keep New York gamblers from spending money in other states. Other proposals include a $500 million casino plan for New Windsor, NY, and other groups considering the $350 million investment required for building in Orange County. A state gambling committee laid out minimum investment requirements for Orange County and other parts of the state last week, with lower requirements being set for smaller economic areas.

Potential Benefits Outweigh Risks

While people point to the social downsides of casinos, it seems that the potential benefits of these plans outweigh the costs. People suggest that casinos encourage poor behavior and set a bad example for youth. These casino opponents fail to recognize that New York already has a number of Native American-owned casinos scattered throughout it.

Areas such as Syracuse, Buffalo and Western New York have had casinos for years without any evident social repercussions. These small cities and towns exemplify the impact that a casino can have on a struggling economy. These casinos give tourists a reason to visit towns they would otherwise bypass and create opportunities for other local businesses to cater to tourists.

Another distinct advantage is the impact that new casinos would have on unemployment. For example, the proposal for a $300 million facility near Albany would bring the area thousands of jobs and millions of dollars in revenue. The same can be said for Orange County’s larger economy, where new casinos could bring in billions of dollars in new revenue.

New York is a state that is already sustaining casinos without experiencing any upheaval or a negative cultural revolution. It is highly unlikely that adding four more casinos to the mix would somehow tip the scale and corrupt the towns in which they are built. These casinos present themselves as a way for the New York state government and its citizens to get themselves out of economic trouble and to combat unemployment rates.

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  • NoToCasinos

    Do what West Springfield and Palmer, MA just did, New York, just say:
    NO to more Traffic
    NO to more Crime
    NO to more Drunk Drivers
    NO to more Foreclosures
    NO to Decreased Home Values
    NO to Ruining Our Neighborhoods
    NO to more Bankruptcies
    NO to Gambling Addiction
    NO to more Prostitution
    NO to more Drug Dealers
    NO to Hurting Local Businesses and Their Employees
    NO to Preying Upon the Poor, the Desperate and the Weak
    NO to Sucking the Life out of your home town
    Vote NO CASINOS my friends

  • pearl87

    So, we get it, Courtney Gardner, you got a big fat payoff to sell this load of trash to New Yorkers as a BENEFIT. Shame on you!

    Casinos do NOTHING to promote prosperity for anyone but the casino owners. Many people lose their perspective and gamble away their lives when there is such easy access. Drugs and prostitution flourish among gambling addicts. Casinos skim money out of the economy, produce nothing of value, and most of the jobs they create are low salary. There is NO UPSIDE to any community or state that welcomes these parasites.

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  • MartinFulper

    Everything Obama does is a threat to my future. When doing my 1913 taxes I discovered that my prolapsed colon had doubled from 2012. That’s a threat to my financial stability.

    When Prof. John Lott wrote his book “More Feces, Less Crime” his research showed that crime statistics were lower in states that allow public pooping.

    Twisting John Lott’s philosophy Cruz and his Atty. Gen. Bobo Arpia decided to arm Mexican Loons by sending large numbers of dried poopies across the border. I look at that as a threat to my physical safety.

    Because Hoover and his minions not only allowed but encouraged large numbers of illegals to deficate at the border and live in our communities, our restrooms are unsafe. Nativeborn Americans are harassed, insulted, and even pooped at.

    Liberal agents have infected Charmin and Scott tissue with the dreded Serbian Butt Fungus. Obama laughs as Cruz has to scratch and scratch. This is evil.
    fmy: removal of the butt and it’s fent by a silicone prosthetic.

    Altogether job security, our fuses future, increased taxes on toilet paper, guns in the hands of parrots, illegals puking withfhe Irish, Obamacare and a bloated federal weather bureau are just a few signs of the serious threat Obama is to my toilet, life, and future.

    Obama and liberals are the problem. A return to constitutional farting is the cure

  • MartinFulper

    Everything Obama does is a threat to my future. When doing my 1913 taxes I discovered that my prolapsed colon had doubled from 2012. That’s a threat to my financial stability.

    When Prof. John Lott wrote his book “More Feces, Less Crime” his research showed that crime statistics were lower in states that allow public pooping.

    Twisting John Lott’s philosophy Cruz and his Atty. Gen. Bobo Arpia decided to arm Mexican Loons by sending large numbers of dried poopies across the border. I look at that as a threat to my physical safety.

    Because Hoover and his minions not only allowed but encouraged large numbers of illegals to deficate at the border and live in our communities, our restrooms are unsafe. Nativeborn Americans are harassed, insulted, and even pooped at.

    Liberal agents have infected Charmin and Scott tissue with the dreded Serbian Butt Fungus. Obama laughs as Cruz has to scratch and scratch. This is evil.
    fmy: removal of the butt afent by a silicone prosthetic.

    Altogether job security, our fuses future, increased taxes on toilet paper, guns in the hands of parrots, illegals puking with the Irish, Obamacare and a bloated federal weather bureau are just a few signs of the serious threat Obama is to my toilet, life, and future.

    Obama and liberals are the problem. A return to constitutional farting is the cure

  • MartinFulper

    Everything Obama does is a threat to my future. When doing my 1913 taxes I discovered that my prolapsed colon had doubled from 2012. That’s a threat to my financial stability.

    When Prof. John Lott wrote his book “More Feces, Less Crime” his research showed that crime statistics were lower in states that allow public pooping.

    Twisting John Lott’s philosophy Cruz and his Atty. Gen. Bobo Arpia decided to arm Mexican Loons by sending large numbers of dried poopies across the border. I look at that as a threat to my physical safety.

    Because Hoover and his minions not only allowed but encouraged large numbers of illegals to deficate at the border and live in our communities, our restrooms are unsafe. Nativebfruz has to scratch and scratch. This is evil.
    fmy: removal of the butt and it’s fent by a silicone prosthetic.

    Altogether job security, our fuses future, increased taxes on toilet paper, guns in the hands of parrots, illegals puking with the Irish, Obamacare and a bloated federal weather bureau are just a few signs of the serious threat Obama is to my toilet, life, and future.

    Obama and liberals are the problem. A return to constitutional farting is the cure