Statement of the Rev. Dr. Paula Gravelle, Executive Director, New York State Council of Churches Oct 28, 2013
The New York State Council of Churches has long opposed casino gambling, and we stand in opposition to Proposal 1. The stated purposes of this amendment are to promote job growth, increase funding to schools, and permit local governments to lower property taxes. However, in places where casino gambling has been introduced, any actual gains have come at the high cost of addiction, family disintegration, and deepening poverty. There are no quick fixes to the challenges of struggling cities and towns, and we call on our elected officials instead to focus on the kind of investment and hard work that will build sound, long-term economic health and self-sufficiency for New York’s communities.
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