With just six days left until New Yorkers head to the polls and decide whether or not to legalize Vegas style casinos, a big last minute push is being made by those who support the passage of Proposition 1. Matt Hunter has more.
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. -- Less than a week before Election Day, state and local leaders looking to legalize casino gambling in New York want to build some last minute support for the proposition.
At the Saratoga Casino and Raceway, already home to several thousand video slot machines, company executives and civic and business leaders met with the public to vote in favor of proposition one Tuesday. According to the group New York Jobs Now, legalizing casino gambling will create more than 10,000 jobs across the state and more than $35 million a year in revenue.
"It's going to bring jobs to New York, including some areas that desperately need jobs, that have had zero job growth the last 20 years. It will bring additional tax revenue to state and local governments," said Kenneth Pokalsky, Business Council of New York Vice President of Government Affairs.
"I still think it will pass because I think the voting public in the state of New York understands that the passage of prop one will be good for them," said James Featherstonehaugh, Saratoga Casino and Raceway Board Secretary.
Of course, not everyone in the county is in favor of casino gambling. The performing arts community and downtown business owners have expressed concerns. They fear because of the large amounts of revenue the new casino would have, they would have an unfair advantage attracting acts and customers.