The pro-casino group NY Jobs Now released two new ads today, and the word “casino” is only mentioned once in each ad.
Instead, the ads focus on the controversial wording on the ballot: The casinos will create jobs, add tax revenue and help fund schools.
The ads starting running statewide today. The first two last week were focused on New York City and Long Island.
Tuesday’s referendum, if approved, would allow the state to build up to seven casinos in New York, with the first four upstate: in the Catskills, Southern Tier and Albany area.
The wording on the ballot and in the ads has drawn criticism from good-government groups.
“Jobs for NY Now identifies itself on its website as ‘a coalition of business leaders, labor unions, economic development professionals, educators and citizens,’ but its prime source of funding is the gambling industry,” Common Cause said in a statement this week. “As they consider the issue of Las Vegas style casino gambling, voters might very well be interested to know whose interests are at stake.”
Here’s the ads: