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Casino has proven supporters wrong

Casino has proven supporters wrong

Mohamed Hafez, Schenectady

Casino has proven supporters wrong

After its first year of operation, the Schenectady casino came nowhere near its own financial projections and it asked the state for help because it failed to attract the millions of tourists it has projected. The city managed to finish $1.68 million in deficit and property owners are waiting indefinitely for the 18 percent property tax reduction pledged by our casino cheer-leading-mayor. 

A few years ago, city officials marketed the casino proposal as the solution to the city’s financial problems. They have now declared unashamed that the budget deficit is attributed to the less-than-expected casino dollars the city received.

We’ve already seen an increase in water and sewer charges, new fees to use city parks and fees for police calls. Residents complained of an increase in auto insurance rates because of the roundabout incidents near the casino. Proctors hasn’t benefited much from its proclaimed fair game agreement with the casino. 

There were also reports of muggings at the casino parking lot, and addiction numbers have increased along with drug-related incidents. We’ve all watched recorded fights inside the casino One went viral on the internet and another involved 30 people, with five arrested, after Schenectady police called the surrounding police departments for support.

I say we are blessed to have great politicians that fought so hard to bring the casino to Schenectady promising it will save our city from financial ruins and reduce poverty and crime numbers. Wouldn’t you agree?

Mohamed Hafez

Schenectady

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