Council Votes ‘No’ on Casino Gambling in Saratoga

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) -

The Saratoga Springs City Council has unanimously approved a resolution opposing the expansion of casino gambling in the city known for its historic thoroughbred racetrack.

About 300 people attended Tuesday’s vote on the non-binding resolution that was authored by Mayor Joanne Yepsen, who took office earlier this year. The five-member council says it doesn’t support the casino referendum passed statewide in November. The law allows four casinos in upstate New York.

A majority of voters in Saratoga County voted against expanding casino gambling, one of which will probably end up in the city. Opponents say a casino would harm Saratoga’s thriving downtown and the 150-year-old Saratoga Race Course.