Local

Cuomo, Legislators already winners from casinos

Cuomo, Legislators already winners from casinos

A new report shows Gov. Andrew Cuomo has collected more than $361,000 and the Legislature has raked in over $1 million from gambling interests leading up to the Nov. 5 referendum that would legalize more casinos in New York.

Common Cause New York compiled the campaign contribution totals from 2011 to July 2013.

Soon after, the governor and legislative leaders changed the wording of the referendum to an unusually rosy tone, promising casinos will bring lower taxes, more school aid and more jobs.

Good-government groups and newspaper editorials have criticized the unusual wording of the referendum that must be decided by New Yorkers split over the issue.

The law enacting the referendum had once prohibited campaign contributions from gambling interests, but that was dropped during closed-door negotiations.

The Common Cause report was released Monday.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

More Local Headlines

in Local

Seneca Falls man dies in farming accident

Local_News41-620x400

A 24 year old Seneca Falls man died over the weekend in a farming accident.

in Local

NY teacher tenure system faces new legal challenge

school2

A group founded by former CNN journalist Campbell Brown is challenging New York state's teacher tenure system.

in Local

Memo details first ideas on truck safety in Ithaca

common council

CIty's Board of Public Works will discuss options presented by city transportation engineer during Monday meeting

in Local

Cuomo defends handling of corruption panel

cuomo

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is defending his handling of an anti-corruption commission, dismissing reports that his administration interfered with its work.

in Local

VP at Cornell’s NYC Tech campus to lead college in Adirondacks

CORNELL LOGO

Cathy Dove will start job at Paul Smith's College Sept. 1