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Press Statement from
Zenaida Mendez, President of NOW-NYS
Gaming is a feminist issue
NO to Casino Referendum Planned by New York Leaders: legislative leaders have agreed to ask voters in November to amend the State Constitution to allow a significant expansion of casino gambling.
We say NO!! This is NOT good for our population as its low-income individuals who end up spending their hard-earned money. The employees get paid minimum wage, and nationally casinos are going bankrupt with local governments having to bail them out.
Gambling is NOT a priority for this state. We already have five upstate casinos owned by Indian tribes, and as well as nine racetracks with electronic gambling, also known as racinos. Lets fund our schools, let's keep our state hospitals open-Lets change the constitution to guarantee that! If our priority is education, why are schools closing throughout the state and in our urban cities? It was said the NYS Lottery which is gambling was going to help education. Whats happened?
Instead our Senate Republican leaders and so-called Independent Democrats quickly agree to vote to change the state constitution to line their pockets with casino contributions yet vote against protecting women's rights. With the Ten Point Women's Equality Act they were not voting to allow a woman's right to choose as NYS ALREADY allows that and has for decades. It was simply moving the current law from the PENAL code to the HEALTH code. That simple! Senators Jeffrey Klein, David Valesky, Diane Savino, David Carlucci and Dean Skelos MUST GO! We will not leave our ovaries at the door!