Saratoga County leaders have seen the new state law that will allow casinos in New York, and although state voters approved the measure in the last election back in November, Saratoga does not want to be part of the expansion.
On Tuesday night, a hearing was held with over 300 Saratoga residents in attendance to discuss the issue of expanded casino gambling. After listening to arguments from both sides of the equally split crowd, a resolution was passed to keep Saratoga free of any new casinos.
The issue will likely now become one that is fought between Saratoga and the state. New York wants to bring a casino to Saratoga Springs, mainly to the famed racing course.
Saratoga officials, however, argue that when the state voted back in November, a large majority of Saratoga residents voted against the measure to bring new casinos to the state. They have used that information as the base for their opposition to a new casino in their county.