Rosy Wording Of N.Y. Casino Referendum Challenged

ALBANY (AP) -

A judge has set an Oct. 11 date to hear a lawsuit that challenges the rosy language the Cuomo administration and Legislature have used in a November referendum to authorize seven new casinos.

Attorney Eric Snyder’s lawsuit alleged that the referendum was rewritten over the summer from a traditional, bare-bones question into one which promises jobs, more school aid and lower taxes. All the benefits are disputed.

In addition, the lawsuit contests the placement of the casino question as the first referendum issue. Normally, the questions to voters are placed in the same order that the legislature approves the measure. In this case, the casino referendum was adopted last, but given the prime top spot.

“I am against casino gambling in general, but the language to me was so partisan I felt I had to act,” Snyder said. “I felt that was an inappropriate use of public funds and the Board of Elections also acted outside their authority.”