Dozens protest East Greenbush casino

EAST GREENBUSH, N.Y. – Dozens of East Greenbush residents turned out Thursday to voice their opposition of the proposed casino for the town.

The owners of the Saratoga Casino and Raceway are hoping to build a $300 million resort casino in the town of East Greenbush. The plan would be to build a 100,000 square foot casino featuring world class gaming, dining, entertainment along with a hotel and high-end retail.

Some residents said the proposed casino is an effort by the town board to steam roll over their concerns.

“The casino movement would like us to feel like we are powerless and we don’t have a choice and it’s a done deal,” resident Dwight Jenkins said. “But in fact, we are not powerless. We are far more powerful than we realize if we just work together.”

Protestors are worried that people may fall prey to gambling addictions.

Churchill Downs, Inc. has partnered with the Saratoga Casino and Raceway. It said the casino resort will create 1,700 permanent jobs and 1,700 construction jobs.

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