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Citizens Against Casino Gambling in Erie County

To inform and empower the public to prevent a casino in Erie County.

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Experts Refute Claims of Seneca-Hired Casino Booster

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Earl L. Grinols and Joel S. Rose
Another Voice, Buffalo News, 3/13/07

The Another Voice column that appeared in the Feb. 28 Buffalo News by Jonathan Taylor, hired by the Seneca Gaming Corp. to produce an economic report, misleads.

Taylor claims that studies commissioned by the National Gambling Impact Study Commission "concluded that economic benefits greatly exceed costs." In support of this claim, Taylor cites a study by Adam Rose.

However, Rose says in his executive summary: "This assessment does not factor in social costs of gambling, which are beyond the scope of this study . . ." (Adam Rose and Associates, "The Regional Economic Impacts of Casino Gambling," prepared for the study commission, Nov. 5, 1998.)

Taylor also cites a study by the National Opinion Research Council, a commercial group associated with the University of Chicago, and says that "the study found no discernible change in three measures of bankruptcy, seven measures of crime or in infant mortality" and that "casino proximity correlated with economic health."


Gambling Corporation Prefers Fiction Over Fact

(Posted 2/27/07) The Taylor Policy Group, which writes promotional material for the gambling industry, released a "study" last week claiming that the Seneca casino operations have benefitted the Western New York economy. The Taylor report says that Seneca cigarette and gambling operations together had a $588 million impact on WNY GDP for 2005.

George M. Palumbo, chairman of the economic and finance department at Canisius College, refuted this claim. In regard to gambling revenue, he pointed out that true economic impact would be money coming from outside the area. Palumbo noted that 86 percent of Seneca Niagara's gambling revenue comes from Western New York.

The Taylor report, paid for by the Seneca Nation, is part of an ongoing public disinformation campaign waged by gambling interests. In 2005 , the Seneca Nation produced a report with similar specious claims. That report stated that Seneca casinos generated $100 million in revenue to New York State, and $72 million in payroll during 2004. Omitted was the fact that at the same time over $300 million in gambling losses came out of the pockets of local residents.


Indian casino gambling is controversial, especially in Congress

By the Hon. John J. LaFalce

On June 25, 2008, a gigantic struggle took place on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives involving casino gambling in the State of Michigan. That controversy and struggle is highly instructive on the question of the legality of casino gambling in Buffalo.

Two titans of the House, John Dingell (D-Mich), Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, and John Conyers (D-Mich), Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, stood in opposing corners and came out fighting.


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Leaders Go on Record Against Casino Blight

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

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