It's Election Day and people across the state will head to polls to not only cast their votes on local races, but on some statewide propositions as well. YNN's Megan Cruz reports.
ALBANY, N.Y. -- Polls opened at 6 a.m. and will remain open until 9 p.m. Tuesday as people cast their ballots for mayors, sheriffs, and other elected officials. However, voters will also make a decision regarding six proposals to the New York State Constitution.
Proposition One is the most controversial change. If passed, it would expand casino gambling in New York. Supporters, including Governor Andrew Cuomo, are looking to build seven casinos in Upstate New York. Cuomo's administration says the construction of these casinos would bring in nearly 6,700 construction jobs, 2,900 permanent casino jobs, nearly $2 million of aid to local governments, and about $240 million for schools and property tax relief.
The ballot will read, "The purpose of the proposed amendment to section 9, article 1 of the constitution is to allow the legislature to authorize and regulate up to seven casinos for the legislated purposes of promoting job growth, increasing aid to a schools, and permitting local governments to lower property taxes through revenues generated."
There was a lawsuit challenging biased language in the proposition. However, it was thrown out by a Supreme Court judge. Opponents of the proposition say expanding casinos in New York would mean an increase in gambling and drinking problems.
For more information about Proposition One and the impact it could have on New York State, check out New York's Big Bet. The special series by Capital Tonight's Nick Reisman looks at the many pros and cons to the proposed legislation.