Saratoga Springs votes to oppose licensed casino

Mar 10, 2014 8:05 PM

Saratoga Springs in New York, home of the classic summer thoroughbred racetrack, already has a casino, or at least a racino, and the town doesn’t want a casino licensed in their community.

Some 300 people attended a meeting of the City Council last week when the councilmen voted unanimously to oppose a casino that is part of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s gambling expansion plans.

It was expected that if a license were granted the recipient would be Saratoga Casino & Raceway, where harness racing is conducted, next to a slots facility.

Opponents say a casino would harm Saratoga’s thriving downtown and the 150-year-old Saratoga Race Course.

Ray Poirier is the longtime executive editor at GamingToday.

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