Saratoga says 'no' to casino gambling

3/5/2014 6:00 AM

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) - The Saratoga Springs City Council has unanimously approved a resolution opposing the expansion of casino gambling in the city known for its historic Thoroughbred racetrack.

Local media report that about 300 people attended Tuesday's vote on the non-binding resolution that was authored by Mayor Joanne Yepsen, who took office earlier this year.

The five-member council says it doesn't support the Upstate New York Gaming Economic Development Act passed in a statewide referendum last November. The law allows four Las Vegas-style casinos in upstate New York.

A majority of voters in Saratoga County and Saratoga Springs voted against expanding casino gambling.

The Saratoga Casino & Raceway harness track is the likely front-runner for landing one of the full-scale casinos.

Opponents say a casino would harm Saratoga's thriving downtown and the 150-year-old Saratoga Race Course.

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