To gamble or not to gamble, that is the question. Though Governor Cuomo has approved the plans to build Las Vegas style casinos in New York State, many Saratoga residents are resisting the law. The debate continues as protesters plan to hold a meeting on the casino project this November 18th.
On November 5, voters in Saratoga, Albany, Schenectady, Rensselaer, Warren, and Washington counties rejected the referendum to allow 7 Las Vegas style casinos in New York, but the plan prevailed overall in the state.
Some downtown business owners and residents don’t fear the casino, saying that Saratoga could get another economic boost from visitors. The 2013 summer season brought in record breaking revenues to Saratoga, ensuring that the city has become a hotspot for tourists. Many residents believe that a large casino would bring in more visitors than it would take away, strengthening Saratoga’s place as a cornerstone upstate destination.