By: The Associated Press//October 2, 2013
By: The Associated Press//October 2, 2013//
ALBANY — A judge has set an Oct. 11 date to hear a lawsuit that challenges the rosy language the Cuomo administration and Legislature have used in a November referendum to authorize seven Las Vegas-style casinos in New York.
The court date was set in state Supreme Court in Albany on Wednesday in attorney Eric Snyder’s lawsuit against the state Board of Elections, which approved the measure for the ballot, Snyder told The Associated Press.
The referendum was rewritten over the summer from a traditional, bare-bones question to voters, the AP previously reported. The ballot question now promises jobs, more school aid and lower taxes, all of which are disputed.
Cuomo had no immediate comment Wednesday. He’s said his casino initiative will bring jobs and $1 billion in revenue to the state. Opponents cite the cost of casinos in tax dollars for public safety and addiction recovery programs and the stress on families. Good-government groups also are concerned about the flow of campaign contributions from wealthy casino operators.