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Reasons for Opposing a Casino
 

Citizens Against Casino Gambling in Erie County

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

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Reasons for Opposing a Casino

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  1. It's bad for the entertainment businesses.

  2. We lose city and county taxable land. Also the State and the Federal government lose income taxes on whatever business would have been in those locations, and all three levels of government below Federal lose sales tax revenue.

  3. We, the voters, don't get a say.

  4. We, the voters don't get control; we just get the bills.

  5. The number of people we will have to provide counseling for addiction will greatly increase. We will experience increases in alcoholism, bankruptcy, divorce, spousal abuse, divorce, suicide, and crime. The victims will have their own victims, in a perverse multiplier effect.

  6. The Governor's own State study said casinos are bad for urban areas.

  7. Buffalo's casino will have to compete with Niagara Falls, Ont.'s casino and Niagara Falls, NY's casino.

  8. The profits will all go outside the community, either to the Seneca Nation or to the developer. Only the tax amount of 25% will stay in the state and only 6% (a part of the 25%) will stay in Buffalo.

  9. A sovereign nation would be in downtown Buffalo. Any complaints with what is going on would now be entreaties to a foreign nation, rather than a normal administrative, civil, or criminal procedure.


 

 

Our Next Meeting


T
uesday, August 3, 2010
7:00 pm
Unity Church
1243 Delaware Ave., Buffalo, NY
(lower level—enter from rear of building)

Leaders Go on Record Against Casino Blight

I'm reminded of the Hippocratic Oath: Ancient Greek doctors were committed to do whatever was in their power to promote the health and well being of their patients, but the Hippocratic Oath proclaimed that above all do no harm. Whatever else can be said of the casino, it will do harm.

– Herbert Hauptman, President, Hauptman-Woodward Medical Research & Nobel Laureate


A strong education system and the creation of plentiful, meaningful jobs with decent pay and benefits are commendable goals for Buffalo, its communities and its businesses to pursue. Our schools need the opportunity to work at jobs that support their families and contribute to the well being of their communities. Casino gambling is an inadequate and dangerous response to both concerns. The reasons that positive things are happening in Buffalo can be summed up in two words, unity and attitude; casino gambling is destroying that.

– Ralph R. Hernandez, Member, Buffalo Board of Education, West District