Leaders Go on Record Against Casino Blight
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Having closely watched the steep economic decline of Atlantic City following the establishment of gambling casinos, I feel strongly that we cannot let Buffalo suffer a similar fate!
– Hon. Joan K. Bozer, former Erie County Legislator
What individuals stand to lose when gambling is of far greater value to them than what they stand to gain. Building a casino is gambling with Buffalo's future and our children's lives.
– William L. Duax, Herbert A. Hauptman Distinguished Scientist
A casino in Buffalo is a slap in the face of everyone investing in positive downtown revitalization. The last thing we need is one more obstacle, on top of plenty of pre-existing challenges, hampering our ability to establish a quality foundation for the future of this community.
– Judith S. Einach, former mayoral candidate, City of Buffalo
Gambling has destroyed many families and futures. Generations will suffer, and especially our children, because of gambling.
– Hon. Arthur O. Eve, former Deputy Speaker, New York State Assembly
Our community's future lies in developing that which renders us unique, not in copying casino gambling efforts that have failed so many other cities.
– Kevin P. Gaughan, local civic leader & former mayoral candidate, City of Buffalo
The Haudenosaunee Confederacy has repeatedly condemned commercial gambling as an activity contrary to our traditional teachings. It has no place among a people whose original instructions are to care for the earth, sustain our rituals of thanksgiving and preserve land, sky, and water in trust for those yet unborn. Casino gambling is but the latest tactic devised by external agencies to divorce us from our heritage, separate us from the earth, and extinguish our indigenous rights ...
– Douglas M. George-Kanentiio,
nationally honored Haudenosaunee author, journalist and Indian activist
I oppose casino gambling for Buffalo because as a vision for the city and as public policy it is intellectually bankrupt and inherently corrupt. There is nothing creative, nothing imaginative about casino gambling; nothing that lifts our spirits as individuals or our hope as a community. We want, need and deserve better.
– Mark Goldman, restaurateur and local civic leader and activist
Betting on a casino in Buffalo to fix the economy is a sure loser. It is unfortunate that our state leaders denied the public the right to vote on casino gambling by doing an end run around the New York State Constitution, which prohibits gambling.
– Hon. Joseph Golombek, Jr., Buffalo Common Council Member, North District
Nationwide tribal casino operations and their governing systems have completely destroyed all aspects of democratic governance, with the result that the entire casino enterprise has corrupted nationwide American Indian self-government.
– Edna Gordon, Seneca Hen-Hawk Elder & author
I'm reminded of the Hippocratic Oath: Ancient Greek doctors were committed to do whatever was in their power to promote the health and well being of their patients, but the Hippocratic Oath proclaimed that above all do no harm. Whatever else can be said of the casino, it will do harm.
– Herbert Hauptman, President, Hauptman-Woodward Medical Research & Nobel Laureate
A strong education system and the creation of plentiful, meaningful jobs with decent pay and benefits are commendable goals for Buffalo, its communities and its businesses to pursue. Our schools need the opportunity to work at jobs that support their families and contribute to the well being of their communities. Casino gambling is an inadequate and dangerous response to both concerns. The reasons that positive things are happening in Buffalo can be summed up in two words, unity and attitude; casino gambling is destroying that.
– Ralph R. Hernandez, Member, Buffalo Board of Education, West District
A casino in downtown Buffalo will be a cancer on our community that will cripple the great progress we are making on revitalizing our great city. Casinos have been shown to create more economic problems than they solve, providing false hopes and preying on those who can least afford it. A casino is the last thing that our community needs.
– Hon. Sam Hoyt, Member, NY State Assembly, 144th District
We in the Buffalo community have a rich heritage with members of the American Indian community that we prize. Those promoting the Buffalo casino are deviously seeking to evade the Constitutional prohibition against public gambling by unconsciously using that heritage to foist a very negative gambling operation in our community.
– Hon. Norman E. Joslin, Justice, New York State Supreme Court, retired,
& past President, Buffalo Area Council of Churches
A handful of construction jobs cannot possibly be worth the absolutely certain social and economic disaster of a downtown Native American Casino. The wonderful but fragile City of Buffalo deserves so much better. Wake up leaders!
– D. Bruce Johnstone, former Chancellor, State University of New York
City taxpayers were short-changed on the sale of Fulton Street.
– Hon. Michael P. Kearns, Buffalo Common Council Member, South District
A Buffalo casino: Odds are it's a sucker bet.
– Hon. Michael J. LoCurto, Buffalo Common Council Member, Delaware District
As I wrote to the Department of Interior Secretary in October of 2005, I am opposed to a casino located in Buffalo. I have repeatedly voiced my concerns on this matter owing to the negative social implications of gambling. I consider gaming to be very limited in its economic development potential because of its operation by a sovereign nation. As I do door-to-door visits, my constituents have voiced the same concerns I have. We do not support a Buffalo based gambling venue.
– Hon. Lynn M. Marinelli, Chairperson, Erie County Legislature
Common sense dictates that the gambling operators are the greatest threat to Indian sovereignty.
– the late John C. Mohawk, Iroquois scholar and activist
from "Sovereignty and Common Sense," (with Oren Lyons),
taken from "Akwesasne Notes," Vol. 22, No. 1 (Late Spring 1990,
online at http://www.cwis.org/fwdp/Americas/gamble.txt)
This area desperately needs an economic development strategy. Nobody disputes that. But let's be smart about it, not desperate. Let's be thoughtful and strategic, not careless. Simply put, another Wal-mart in the suburbs and a casino near the projects is NOT a sound economic development strategy.
– Hon. Maria R. Whyte, Majority Leader, Erie County Legislature