Citizens Against Casino Gambling in Erie County recently created a petition to be seen by the Governor and NY State Legislator. This effort reflects community concerns detailed in the 2012 Community Agenda – see below.
All concerned community members are encouraged to sign this petition to help put an end to the permission of gambling casinos in Erie county.
Community Agenda Plank #9: Confront the Harmful Effects of Gambling.
- New York State should reject all efforts to expand legalized gambling, including the proposed constitutional amendment to legalize commercial casino gambling and the addition of table games to race tracks;
- The Empire State Development Corporation should end the conflict of interest created by having the chair of the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation serve as a member of the board of Seneca Holdings by requiring him to resign from one of these two positions.
- Erie County should re-join the lawsuit against the illegal casino in the city of Buffalo and should produce detailed estimates of the costs to state and local government from gambling in Erie County;
- The City of Buffalo should monitor and enforce its contracts with the Seneca Nation and/or Seneca Gaming Corporation, and, in the event of non-compliance, should rescind the contracts.