NY Casino Amendment Passes, Increases Retirement Ages For Judges Failed
Voters Statewide have approved private casinos in New York.
With 60 percent of polling stations reporting, 57 percent of voters backed the 3tate constitutional amendment, which will allow up to seven non-Indian casinos across New York. 43 percent of voters opposed. Here in Cortland County the referendum narrowly passed with 52% in favor and 48% opposed
Casino proponents benefited from some last minute out-of-state money this week.
According to state Board of Elections, the national Teamsters Union, Las Vegas-based Bally Gaming and EPR Properties, a Kansas City-based real estate trust, donated a total of $100,000 to New York Jobs Now, a coalition of labor and business groups pushing the casino amendment
The casino proposal was one of five headed for passage late Tuesday, while a plan to raise the mandatory retirement age for state judges appeared destined to fail.
Voters were asked to weigh in on whether state Supreme Court and Court of Appeals Judges should be able to serve until age 80, up from the current cap of 76 and 70, respectively. As of 11:30 p.m., the proposal was unlikely to receive approval, with 62 percent opposing it and 52 percent of polling places reporting.
A large contingent of voters were expected to skip the other propositions on the ballot. An average of 54 percent of ballots cast left the amendment questions blank.