Created: 10/15/2013 1:43 PM WHEC.com
By: Associated Press
Opponents of a Nov. 5 referendum to expand the number of casinos in New York have taken a sledge hammer to a slot machine outside the Capitol, saying they're striking a blow against problem gambling.
The opponents say authorizing seven Las Vegas-style casinos will increase gambling addiction without fulfilling promises of jobs, tax breaks and school aid.
The nonprofit think tank Institute for American Values, the coalition Against Gambling in New York and other groups released several studies Tuesday. They say the data shows casinos are a bad gamble for New Yorkers, especially for the poorest residents.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the Legislature say the state will dedicate $500 per machine to continue to combat problem gambling. They say the $1 billion in revenue can be used for schools and to cut taxes.