Both sides hold NYC events on casino issue

Both sides in casino amendment controversy make their cases in NYC events

Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) -- Activists on both sides are making their cases about a proposed constitutional amendment to expand casino gambling in New York state.

Two events were held Thursday in New York City.

Opponents have launched a campaign to urge voters to reject the measure.

Democratic state Sen. Liz Krueger of Manhattan and state Conservative party chairman Mike Long say gambling would not bring the economic benefits supporters are touting.

Meanwhile, the state Democratic party co-chairman, Assemblyman Keith Wright, appeared with a labor and business coalition.

The supporters say building up to four casinos upstate would bring over $94 million a year to New York City schools alone.

Wright says the money also would create 10,000 new jobs around the state.

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