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Citizens Against Casino Gambling in Erie County

To inform and empower the public to prevent a casino in Erie County.

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Experts Refute Claims of Seneca-Hired Casino Booster

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Earl L. Grinols and Joel S. Rose
Another Voice, Buffalo News, 3/13/07

The Another Voice column that appeared in the Feb. 28 Buffalo News by Jonathan Taylor, hired by the Seneca Gaming Corp. to produce an economic report, misleads.

Taylor claims that studies commissioned by the National Gambling Impact Study Commission "concluded that economic benefits greatly exceed costs." In support of this claim, Taylor cites a study by Adam Rose.

However, Rose says in his executive summary: "This assessment does not factor in social costs of gambling, which are beyond the scope of this study . . ." (Adam Rose and Associates, "The Regional Economic Impacts of Casino Gambling," prepared for the study commission, Nov. 5, 1998.)

Taylor also cites a study by the National Opinion Research Council, a commercial group associated with the University of Chicago, and says that "the study found no discernible change in three measures of bankruptcy, seven measures of crime or in infant mortality" and that "casino proximity correlated with economic health."


Gambling Corporation Prefers Fiction Over Fact

(Posted 2/27/07) The Taylor Policy Group, which writes promotional material for the gambling industry, released a "study" last week claiming that the Seneca casino operations have benefitted the Western New York economy. The Taylor report says that Seneca cigarette and gambling operations together had a $588 million impact on WNY GDP for 2005.

George M. Palumbo, chairman of the economic and finance department at Canisius College, refuted this claim. In regard to gambling revenue, he pointed out that true economic impact would be money coming from outside the area. Palumbo noted that 86 percent of Seneca Niagara's gambling revenue comes from Western New York.

The Taylor report, paid for by the Seneca Nation, is part of an ongoing public disinformation campaign waged by gambling interests. In 2005 , the Seneca Nation produced a report with similar specious claims. That report stated that Seneca casinos generated $100 million in revenue to New York State, and $72 million in payroll during 2004. Omitted was the fact that at the same time over $300 million in gambling losses came out of the pockets of local residents.


Indian casino gambling is controversial, especially in Congress

By the Hon. John J. LaFalce

On June 25, 2008, a gigantic struggle took place on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives involving casino gambling in the State of Michigan. That controversy and struggle is highly instructive on the question of the legality of casino gambling in Buffalo.

Two titans of the House, John Dingell (D-Mich), Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, and John Conyers (D-Mich), Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, stood in opposing corners and came out fighting.


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Leaders Go on Record Against Casino Blight

Having closely watched the steep economic decline of Atlantic City following the establishment of gambling casinos, I feel strongly that we cannot let Buffalo suffer a similar fate!

– Hon. Joan K. Bozer, former Erie County Legislator

What individuals stand to lose when gambling is of far greater value to them than what they stand to gain. Building a casino is gambling with Buffalo's future and our children's lives.

– William L. Duax, Herbert A. Hauptman Distinguished Scientist

A casino in Buffalo is a slap in the face of everyone investing in positive downtown revitalization. The last thing we need is one more obstacle, on top of plenty of pre-existing challenges, hampering our ability to establish a quality foundation for the future of this community.

– Judith S. Einach, former mayoral candidate, City of Buffalo

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