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Editorial: Share views on casino tonight

Editorial: Share views on casino tonight

Council offers last chance to comment on casino project

Tonight's the night, folks.

The Schenectady City Council will most likely vote on whether to endorse a new $300 million casino project for the former Alco site on Erie Boulevard.

The casino, if approved by the state, will change life in Schenectady for many years to come. Whether that's for the good or the bad will be learned during those years.

Among the criteria being evaluated by the state Gaming Commission in awarding a casino license is public support.

And while the City Council opted against holding a formal public hearing, citizens will get a chance to address the issue during the Privilege of the Floor portion of tonight's meeting at City Hall.

So if you have something to add to the debate — pro or con — this could be your last chance. Get there early because it's going to be crowded.

If you plan to address the council, don't do it just to hear yourself talk. The purpose here is to be persuasive. Bring something to the discussion. You'll only be allotted enough time to make a point, not a speech. Tell council members your personal experiences or fears. Tell them them your positive or negative experiences with casinos or gambling in general. Let them in on your research on the subject. Pose your questions.

With other potential casino sites in the Capital District either falling by the wayside or facing strong citizen opposition, Schenectady's offering appears to be moving up the leader board. So the decision on whether to endorse the local project is more vital to the future of the city than ever.

This could be your last chance for your voices to matter. Don't miss the opportunity.

The meeting starts at 7 p.m. in Room 209 of City Hall.

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