With Election Day Tuesday, a lot of attention has been paid to Proposition 1, which would expand casino gaming in New York State and create several non-Indian run casinos. But whether it's passed or not, there will likely be changes to the gaming industry in New York State. YNN's Jon Dougherty explains.
SCHENECTADY, N.Y. -- Supporters and opponents of Proposition One are trying to get their last minute message out to voters. If passed, the Constitutional amendment would allow New York State to sanction up to seven non-Indian run casinos.
Supporters said it would be a great source of revenue to some.
"What it will do is create thousands of jobs in Upstate New York, both in construction and permanent, and return a substantial amount of revenue to local government and schools," said Business Council of New York State President and CEO Heather Briccetti.
Opponents, meanwhile, said it would be detrimental to people who live nearby.
"It's tainted money. It's coming out of an operation that's raising money for the government off the backs exploited people and their families," said Stephen Shafer, Chairperson for the Coalition Against Gambling in New York.
Whether Proposition One is passed or not Tuesday night, one group will be directly impacted right away, the New York State Gaming Commission. The group, by coincidence, met Monday in Schenectady for their regular monthly meeting.
If the amendment is passed, the Gaming Commission would regulate the new gaming sites. Who will run them and where? That will be up to a newly created board to decide called the New York Gaming Facility Location Board.
"This board will be charged with selecting, through a competitive process, not more than four gaming facility license applicants," said Acting NYS Gaming Commission Executive Director Rob Williams.
If Proposition One is voted down, it doesn't mean the end for new gaming locations.
"In the event the gaming referendum does not pass, the Commission is authorized to competitively site up to four video lottery gaming facilities," Williams said.
The Video Lottery Terminals (VLT) would be built in four regions, the Capital District, Central Southern Tier, the Catskills and Nassau County.
The Gaming Commission said they will be prepared whatever way the vote goes. Proposition One will be located on the backside of your ballot.