Voters Take Chance On Casinos

BY STEVEN J. FERRARI
Editor-in-Chief

Voters chose yes for all but one of the six proposals on the ballot Tuesday, opting to bring casinos to New York State, while eschewing a raise in the age limit for judges.

The proposal to authorize casino gambling in the State passed with 57.1 percent of voters supporting the measure. The passage will allow for up to seven casinos throughout the State, although New York City will have to wait before table games will be authorized within City limits.

A spokeswoman for Resorts World New York City Casino, which recently celebrated its second anniversary in Queens, praised the vote.

“We’re pleased voters recognize the important contribution the gaming industry makes to New York’s economy, workforce and education system,” Kerri Lyon said. “The passage of this constitutional amendment will only expand our industry’s ability to create good paying jobs for thousands of New Yorkers and provide crucial funds for schools across the State.”

The only ballot measure voters rejected was one that would give certain state judges the ability to continue to serve on the bench until the age of 80. Currently, the retirement age for judges is 70, with three possible two-year extensions. The failed ballot measure would have given judges two more two-year extensions. Voters opted no on the proposal, with 60.8 percent of the tally opposing.

The other four ballot measures that passed included an increased civil service credit for vets certified as disabled after starting work, a continued exemption on sewer-related debt toward debt limits and two land proposals upstate.