Updated: 03/07/2014 11:19 PM
Created: 03/07/2014 2:37 PM WHEC.com
Henrietta's town supervisor is fighting the possibility of a casino coming to his town. Jack Moore says he’s drafting a resolution opposing a casino in Henrietta. This comes just days after the Seneca Gaming Corporation bought 32 acres between I-390, Jefferson, Clay and East Henrietta Roads for nearly $3 million.
The supervisor feels the casino would bring down the moral standard of the community. He recognizes that it would bring jobs and revenue, but more feel the negatives far outweigh the positives.
Moore says his decision comes after speaking with thousands of Henrietta residents -- all against a casino here. He wanted to make it clear his decision is separate from other anti-casino groups.
Jack Moore said at Friday's press conference, "Shame on all those people for using my taxpayers and my residents. That's wrong."
Moore feels the "No More Casinos Coalition" has an agenda.
"You are in the casino business folks, what's the difference?" said Moore. "It is big money over here and it is big money over here."
Moore says members of the coalition showed up to church-type events and pushed an anti-casino agenda, all while being paid in part by Western Regional OTB. He even went face-to-face with coalition members, confronting them at the news conference.
John Riley, No More Casinos spokesperson, "Yeah sure I'm being paid to do this work, its my job, it's what I do. We're here primarily because we believe a casino would be bad for this community."
We asked OTB to respond to the supervisor's remarks, they said "We are sorry [Supervisor Moore] feels that way. We share the concerns of the residents and obviously it was the residents that were against [casinos]. It was no secret we were against it. We applaud him for sticking up for his residents."
Moore says. "They are as bad as the people they're saying are bad for the community, or worse. Because they don't have any morals."
Seneca Gaming Corporation Statement:
"We are surprised and disappointed by today's announcement. In numerous discussions over the past few months, Supervisor Moore and others have expressed a willingness to gather all of the facts before making a decision. We were not afforded the opportunity to present a full discussion on our vision, which included millions of dollars in private investment, 2,000 good-paying jobs and countless partnership opportunities for local companies. Our process was based on gathering community input to develop a plan that would best complement the surrounding community. We were working toward that end, but apparently will not have that chance in Henrietta. Seneca Gaming Corporation believes that new investment and job creation are good for Monroe County and good for all of Western New York. Opening a new Seneca property is an opportunity to work with a business with an established track record for getting things done, putting people to work, creating business opportunities with local companies and expanding the local economy. Ours is a vision for economic growth and job creation, and it is a vision that still fits within Monroe County."