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A coalition of casino opponents released their only television advertisement of the campaign cycle on Thursday, which attempts to use then-Gov. Mario Cuomo’s skepticism of casinos in 1994 against the ballot proposal pushed by his son.
The ad will be airing exclusively on NY1 in New York City, according to a news release. It takes aim at Proposal No. 1, which would change the state Constitution to authorize up to seven private casinos in New York. The proposed amendment was pushed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
The 30-second spot is funded by a group called the Committee Against Proposal 1, though its donors aren’t yet shown in the Board of Elections’ campaign filings. The treasurer for the group is listed as Ramsay Adams, who heads Catskill Mountainkeeper, a group that advocates for the Catskills and is known for its opposition to hydrofracking.
In the ad, a narrator reads two Mario Cuomo quotes—one from his 1994 book “The New York Idea: An Experiment in Democracy,” and the other from this New York Times article.
“There is a respectable body of economic thought that holds that casino gambling is actually economically regressive to a state and a community,” the narrator reads.
It closes with urging viewers to “vote with Cuomo” and reject the proposal.
Mario Cuomo, however, wasn’t amused. Shortly after the ad was released, he issued a statement of his own saying he supports the referendum, saying his comments used in the ad were outdated.
“Proposal One will keep $1.2 billion in gaming revenue and thousands of jobs in our state by allowing regulated casino development,” he said. “And these developments would be part of resort destinations in upstate New York where jobs are needed. So if you want to vote with Cuomo, Vote Yes on Proposal One.”
Here’s the ad: