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Public Forum On NY Casinos

A coalitions of civic groups held a public forum in Rochester Monday night to discuss the pros and cons of Proposition One.
A coalitions of civic groups held a public forum in Rochester Monday night to discuss the pros and cons of Proposition One. 

The proposition, which is up for vote on November 5th statewide, would amend the state constitution to permit non-Indian casinos. While supporters of the amendment, including local labor unions, say it would boost the economy, critics of the measure say it amounts to a tax on the poor. 

"I believe that the labor movement should be doing things that actually help the economy grow, instead of this phoniness that we see before us now," David Blankenhorn said.

"It's a voluntary function. If someone wants to go to a casino they can do it, they have a choice," Jim Bertolone said.

Voters will decide on four proposed casinos. Supporters say it would bring $93 million in aid to the western New York and Finger Lakes area. 
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