The pro-casino group NY Jobs Now unveiled two television spots today, targeting New York City and Long Island voters.
And there’s good reason why it’s focused on New York City, so much so that it touts that the two New York City mayoral candidates supports the casino amendment—which would allow for up to seven casinos in New York.
With the first four casinos to be located upstate, there has been longstanding concern that New York City voters might vote against the proposition. And because the largest turnout statewide will be in the city, to vote for mayor, the city could sink the proposal.
“This year, business and labor, Democrats and Republicans are working together bring back the more than $1.2 billion New Yorkers spend every year at nearby gaming resorts across the state line,” said Heather C. Briccetti, president of the state Business Council.
A Siena College poll Monday showed that the only opposition to expanding casinos is in New York City: 51 percent to 43 percent. The results were flipped in the rest of the state.
Only when asked by Siena using the rosy proposition language that the casinos would create jobs, add tax revenue and increase aid to schools, did voters in New York City back the measure: 56 percent to 40 percent.
The Long Island specific ad points out that the Nassau County executive candidates, Republican incumbent Ed Mangano and Democrat Tom Suozzi, support Proposition #1.
“Across New York State, working men and women are supporting Proposal #1 because it will create thousands upon thousands of good jobs for this generation and the next. The $430 million in revenue generated for school districts and local governments will help provide quality education and vital services in communities in every part of our State,” said Mario Cilento, president of the New York State AFL-CIO, in a statement.
Here’s the New York City ad: