ONONDOGA COUNTY, N.Y.-- Sen. David Valesky (D-Oneida)and Assemblyman Sam Roberts (D-Syracuse) are urging people to vote yes for Proposition One this election day.
If approved by voters, the measure would authorize four new destination gaming facilities in upstate New York.
It would create long-term agreements with existing casinos and share the revenue from them statewide. Officials say Central New York and the Mohawk Valley would see more than $44 million a year, with Onondaga County getting $9.4 million of that money.
That money would be used for schools, property tax relief, and aid for local governments
Valesky said, "As a result of racinos, as a result of casinos, that are on Indian-owned land, we have gaming in this state. We have had gaming in this state for a long, long time. To not fully take advantage of the jobs and of the revenue, again in fact losing revenue to other states, I think is short-sighted."
Members of the New York Jobs Now coalition also joined Valesky and Roberts in their support.