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Lawmakers want casino sites announced before vote

Posted at: 03/11/2013 11:38 AM
Updated at: 03/11/2013 6:08 PM
By: Mark Mullholland

SARATOGA SPRINGS - State legislators who represent Saratoga County want the governor to say where new casinos would be placed before you vote on legalizing them.

The lawmakers held a news conference in Saratoga Springs Monday morning.

Republican Assemblymen Tony Jordan and Jim Tedisco joined with Senator Kathy Marchione to unveil a bill today that they're calling the Casino Gaming Transparency Act.

They stood on the steps of Saratoga Springs City Hall, with local and county elected leaders, to call on the governor to announce where the casinos will be located before the issue is put to the voters.

Voters will have to approve a constitutional amendment to allow full-fledged casino gaming in New York. But under the governor's plan, the locations won't be revealed until after New Yorkers give the approval.

The three Republican lawmakers were joined by Democrats from the City Council.

All say expansion of the current racino makes the most sense.