The folks from Howe Caverns Casino and Resort did a great job before the Location Board and the media yesterday at the Capital Region public comment event. Chris Churchill at the Times Union said “if you had to pick a winner based solely on Monday’s hearing, you’d go with Howe Caverns.”
The TU’s Jim Odato reported that:
[Location Board Chair Kevin Law] told the crowd during a day of 145 speakers and 11 hours of testimony that “we have no doubt that Schoharie County wants a casino,” drawing hurrahs from the crowd of Howes Cave backers.
Haley Viccaro at the Schenectady Gazette even wrote a separate article during the hearing yesterday that had the headline “Proposed Howe Caverns casino has most local support.”
Many of us at Stop the Schenectady Casino don’t think New York State should be in the business of using casinos as engines of economic growth and revenue generation. But, if there’s going to be a casino license granted in the Capital Region, it is clear to us that Howe Caverns is the best choice:
- the people as a whole [no hole pun intended] sincerely and fervently seem to want this casino, unlike places where there is — at the very least — a large portion of the population strongly against one
- the bang for the development buck is very much likely to be biggest in Schoharie County
- its location should mitigate against many of the social problems we believe are especially dangerous when you place a casino at an urban location
- we can actually imagine it as a “destination casino”
Yes, we think our STATEMENT in OPPOSITION to the Schenectady Casino does a good job of explaining why Schenectady should not be chosen. But, we also believe that the good people of Howe Caverns and Schoharie County have done Schenectady a very good deed by making such a strong case that they be selected. So, Bravo!, Best Wishes and Big Thanks to the Howe Caverns Casino and Resort. We like your odds.