There were seven Propositions on last Tuesday’s ballot; wonder which one was first? I don’t know if that happens by shear luck of the draw, or if the prop’s are placed strategically so the ones that matter to the governor are right up front. My wife and I discussed the prop’s, and made our decisions I think based on our hearts, not on political rhetoric. But it was rhetoric that got Proposition One rammed down our throats. How do anti-casino groups compete with the PAC put together by the pro-casino people. And while were at it, who exactly are these people and where did all that money come from to support all the TV advertising and the crap that wound up in my mailbox? My guess is the people who hope to operate these casino’s. And again, while were at it, who are these people? Who is going to pick the operators of these casino’s? What kind of vetting process will be conducted to determine if these operators are legit? Or is it going to be all held behind closed doors, which is the way the governor seems to like to operate. What’s going to happen? One day next to the Racino, or somewhere down in the Catskills, will be a group of people, all with a gold shovel in their hands, overturning dirt while the bulldozers sit idling behind them just waiting to begin the real construction. Yep, I can just see it. Cuomo, standing there next to his appointed Casino Czar, with a dozen or so nameless people all with money dangling out of their pockets smiling for the cameras. Andy might just say something like this: “Yes, residents of Saratoga, and citizens of New York, I have kept my promise. Even though you voted against the casino back in November, and again in a special referendum, today begins a new chapter in your lives. Remember what I said about all the money left over after the operators of this brand new casino get done lining their pockets going to education, and to the hosting city and county? Well we never really got that down in writing, so instead, I’m gonna use it to pay down the state deficit — which I helped to create — so I will look good when I run for president in 2016. And all the jobs that I said the casino would create; well after the initial job creation for the construction, there will be a bunch of minimum wage jobs just waiting for the citizens of Saratoga. Now these minimum wage jobs won’t benefit anyone else in surrounding counties, because nobody can get to them. Don’t worry about adverse affects of gambling. I have initiated a Problem Gambling Hotline. If you have a problem, just call I-Can’t-PayTheRent. Now, If you’ll excuse me, I have to go to Liberty to give the same speech.” Unfortunately, Folks, this is really going to happen, It is going to happen in our back yards. Maybe the people in the Southern Tier need the casino. But just think about this. Say your coming from New Hampshire to try out one of the brand spanking new casinos in New York. Where are you going to go? To Saratoga, or do you want to go to Skaneateles. Enough said. Only time will tell. What we need as citizens of New York, and we can surely (probably?) pull this off, is we let our representatives know that we want this done on a transparent and out in front matter. And we have to have it be known right up front where, and how much, all this tax revenue is going.……….Oh, By the way. Good luck people of Albany in the upcoming four years of Kathy Sheehan Progressive rule. I certainly wouldn’t want to be one of the current department heads.
And that is “The Daily Take”