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Judge tosses casino referendum lawsuit

ALBANY --  A New York State Supreme Court Judge has tossed a lawsuit claiming the wording of the casino referendum, on the November ballot, is misleading.

The Hon. Richard Platkin said in his ruling, Wednesday, said the lawsuit was filed to late and it also "lacked legal merit".

Opponents of casino gaming argued the wording on the November ballot paints gambling in a rosy picture and does not mention the negatives casinos would bring the state.

"There are benefits but the costs outweigh the benefits," said Paul Davies of the Institute for American Values.

Davies said there are studies that show the negatives about gambling such as addiction, and plight in cities where they are housed. Nothing negative about gaming is on the ballot, Davies said.

The referendum states voters would be "...allowing casinos for the purpose of promoting job growth, increasing aid to schools, and permitting local governments to lower property taxes."

Proponents of casinos in New York say the state could use the extra revenue, estimated at $430 million for school districts and local governments.