In a guest column at The Huffington Post today, Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Zephyr Teachout describes “The Corruption Beneath Cuomo’s Casino Push” (The Blog, September 2, 2014; updated Dec. 6, 2017.) After listing some of the damage caused and promises broken by casinos, Zephyr asks “So why did New York pass the amendment anyway?” and explains:
Because Governor Cuomo tilted the vote in favor of the gambling industry. His aides helped rewrite language on the ballot to portray the amendment as a huge boon to the state, suggesting it could only lead to benefits, such as job creation, greater school financing, and lower taxes. Newspaper editorial boards and public interest groups across the state cried foul, noting their actions would massively mislead voters — but the Cuomo administration kept the pro-casino wording on the ballot anyway.
There’s good reason to think Governor Cuomo had his own interests in mind. Since 2005, he has directly collected over $1 million from gambling and horse racing companies – more than any other elected official or candidate in the state.
As Governor, Ms. Teachout says she will break the tie between political donations and politics, between casino donations and public policy.
- Also see our posting “Teachout says No to Casinos“, about her campaign interview with the Gazette editorial board in 2014.
- Use this short link for this posting: https://tinyurl.com/Teachout-Casinos
follow-up (Sept. 2, 2018): click on the image to the left for my Letter to the Editor of the Schenectady Gazette supporting Zephyr Teachout’s campaign in the Democratic Primary to be Attorney General of New York State.