As expected, a group of union leaders, developers and politicians said today they would form a coalition to promote a casino referendum on the Nov. 5 ballot.
The group, called New York Jobs Now, includes the head of the state Business Council, leaders of trade unions and even former Buffalo Bills great Thurman Thomas. Bill Thompson, a once top New York City mayoral candidate, is also on the list.
Heather Briccetti, president of the Business Council, hinted at the development of the pro-casino group last month in an interview with Gannett’s Albany Bureau.
“New Yorkers spend more than $3 billion a year at destination casinos in other states. It’s about time we bring that kind of money home to create jobs, support schools, and take property tax pressure off towns and cities,” she said in a statement.
The group is making the pitch that the casinos would stimulate the economy, keep gambling revenue in the state and add 10,000 construction jobs.
The group looks like it’s close to starting a website.
The list of supporters of the group include:
J. Patrick Barrett, CEO of CARPAT Investments
Steve Bellone, Suffolk County Executive
Heather C. Briccetti, Esq., President and CEO of The Business Council of New York State
Byron W. Brown, Mayor of Buffalo
James W. Cahill, President of the New York State Building & Construction Trades Council
Mario Cilento, President of the New York State AFL-CIO
Michael J. Falcone, Chairman Emeritus & Founder, The Pioneer Companies
Gary LaBarbera, President of the Building and Construction Trades Council of Greater New York
Kevin S. Law, President and CEO of the Long Island Association
Richard S. Lefrak, Chairman, President and CEO of the LeFrak Organization
Adam E. Madkour, CEO of the Saratoga Spring Water Company
Michael Mulgrew, President of the United Federation of Teachers
Thurman Thomas, President and CEO of Thurman Thomas Sports Training, Hall of Fame former Buffalo Bills running back
William C. Thompson, Former New York City Comptroller, former Chief Administrative Officer and Senior Managing Director at Siebert, Brandford, Shank & Co.
Peter Ward, President of the New York Hotel Trades Council