To the Editor:
In the Feb. 23 Adirondack Journal, I read Joanne Gavin’s anti-casino statement to the Warren County Board of Supervisors.
And while Ms. Gavin might speak for herself and her group, she does not speak for me or for the many of us who must make our living here in Warren County.
I am an advocate of a casino in Warren County, because it would augment the incomes and increase the property values of all of our county’s citizens, commercial and residential alike.
I have personally observed this in the states of Mississippi and Louisiana, Atlantic City N.J., also in Las Vegas, which has a strong economy. In Mississippi, the state‘s share of gaming revenues helped fund their public school system, significantly improving the level of education there.
New York State presently well supports 10 racinos, eight significant Indian casinos and one gaming cruise ship. Does our state, as a result, suffer from “negative consequences on family life, area crime, traffic and infrastructure?” Of course not, and it is reckless and unproven to make such statements to the Warren County board.
Gaming casinos are a mighty people magnet. A run-down Atlantic City transformed itself, and Foxwoods in Connecticut is the largest grossing casino in the world.
If we “build it and they will come,” the result would be a dramatic reversal in our gradually declining tourism economy.
Approval of a Warren County casino would draw the attention and funding from major American gaming organizations. They would be pleased to construct a casino in the Adirondack “Great Camp” architectural style. The resulting flow of tourists into Warren County would benefit everyone, and harm no one.
I only agree with Ms. Gavin in the fact that we do not need yet another study. The facts of the matter are staring us in the face.
We now must go to Albany, tell Gov. Cuomo we require the state’s help in this matter. Tell Cuomo not to double-down on Saratoga’s already overflowing economic benefits.
Bill Dow, Warren County Casino Advocate, Lake George