Now that we are stuck with the constitutional amendment (Prop 1) and the Upstate Gambling Act of 2013 we have to move to “harm reduction” rather than primary prevention. Here are some ideas:
write, email or phone Assembly Member Steven Cymbrowitz asking him to add to a bill he he has proposed to study gambling in New York State an additional provision to track how many residents are gambling addicts and how many are “at risk for addiction.”
write, email or phone Senator Tkaczyk and Sen. Krueger to support their initiative that would give real weight in siting new casinos to community support (or lack thereof). They do not call for local referendum, as does Massachusetts law, but at least propose objective measures of approval in which the public can have some say.
write, email or phone Senator Sen Krueger and Sen Addabo in support of their joint initiative to raise the legal age of gambling to twenty one in all settings in NYS