All the more reason why the pendulum has suddenly swung to a strong possibility of the casino referendum being thrown off the ballot. Then the blame game and finger pointing can begin. This Brooklyn attorney is not as dumb as he looks. He is just the hired gun; the innocent looking Columbo looking pawn hired by deep pockets to keep casinos out of New York. Isn't it more than ironic that the presiding Judge in this matter and the Brooklyn hired gun attorney have the same male pattren baldness? They look like twin brothers in the hair follicle department. Let the circus continue this week.
Base case scenario is that referendum pro languish gets pulled off the ballot and the referendum is just a clean yea/no. The downstate voters have little incentive to vote yes; the same downstate voters whose numbers far outweigh the number of upstate NY voters. Why you ask? To begin with voters don't like to vote yes on a referendum unless they can clearly see the benefits. The benefits will be silent unless NYS does a last ditch ad campaign. I don't see that happening. Moreover, the long Island OTB parlors will get slot machines even if the referendum is voted down. Also, there is a seven year moratorium on casinos in the greater NYC/Long Island/Westchester area. Given the aforementioned, assuming the referendum lives to be on this years Nov ballot; why should the downstate voters, who will ultimately have the biggest say on the voting outcome , who already have Aqueduct and Yonkers racinos and will have OTB slots vote yes? This "campaign" to allow for passage of a casino referendum was handled about as poorly as one can imagine.
The nonsense that our elected officials in Wash DC have created with the govt shutdown will be reaching a line in the sand. Who knows what is going to happen in DC. Its anyones guess. And then we have the well calculated lawsuits over the casino referendum. The Brooklyn attorney representing the hired guns has a great built in excuse for the last minute lawsuit filing. The NYS civil servants created that built in excuse. The timing of the filing opens the doors for appeals that can easily run past Election day. So I would not be shocked to see the casino referendum pulled off the November ballot. The misguided plan to get a yes vote on the casino referendum backfired in their face; the plan called for no tv , radio or newspaper advertising, keep everything nice and quiet on the casino issue and then hit the voters on Election day with a bunch of gab about how wonderful a yes vote would be...lower your property taxes, blah, blah , blah.
I am not sure where exactly the blame should be pointed to; the bottom line here and the truth of the matter is that the wording on the referendum was done in a haphazard , clumsy, unprofessional, misguided way which left the door wide open for a series of calculated lawsuits. Even if all the blunders are overlooked and all the lawsuits are thrown out you still have a situation where more than 99% of the NY State voting public; especially in the heavily populated downstate areas; will be going to the polls on election day totally clueless that a casino referendum is even on the agenda. What a butcher job they did. Cuomo needs people to be called on the carpet big time for this. What a freaking farce.
They should do a new Sienna Poll: What is the likelihood casino referendum gets pulled entirely off the Nov ballot? Judge on Friday noted that no matter what he decides it could easily be appealed to the highest court; and knowing the court system runs at a snails pace the lawsuits could prevent the casino referendum from being on the ballot. Where NYS blundered big time on this is they should of done a tv/radio/newspaper campaign just to let voters know the casino referendum was on the ballot without all the bells and whistles and just have a simple yea/nay vote on the November ballot without banging the table about all the wonderful things that will happen if you vote yes. Meanwhile, speaking to many NYS resident friends and colleagues, many of which like to gamble; they are totally clueless that there is a casino referendum on the ballot.
The Judge should of asked this Brooklyn lawyer if he was retained by anyone to fight the referendum. But apparently that never happened. Instead of flooding the airwaves ...tv..radio...newspapers...with the benefits of a yes vote they chose instead to place an advertising campaign so to speak on the actual ballot come Election day. Now they left the door wide open to never getting the referendum on the ballot with appeal after appeal. I would bet the ranch this Brooklyn attorney was hired by someone with very deep pockets to put a dagger on the casino vote...maybe Trump, Indian tribes etc.