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Statewide Anti-Gambling Conference Saturday

Citizens Against Casino Gambling in Erie County hosts a conference of the Coalition Against Gambling in New York (CAGNY) from 8:30am-5:30pm this Saturday (10/22) at Unity Church, 1243 Delaware Ave.

The event features 12 speakers, continental breakfast, and lunch. Click here to download the full press release with more info.


  • To view invitation sent to friends of CACGEC and CAGNY, go to
    For more details, go to

    Thanks, Joel Rose, CAGNY Chairperson

  • If New Yorkers are against gambling, why is OTB and the New York Lottery constantly left out of the conversation? NY Lotto is in far too many establishments, with quick draw, scratch offs, drawings on the news, etc. How is Casino Gambling any different than the more accessible lotto? It seems like we do not realize how many gambling establishments are already embeded in New York State, but turn a blind eye (Fairgrounds Gaming). All of these venues are gambling, and have the same, if not worse effect on people as the demonised “Casino Gaming”.

  • Dear Mr. Kulaszewski,

    You are mistaken in believing that we do not oppose those other forms of gambling. In fact, I couldn’t agree more about the negative impact of all the other (non-casino) forms of gambling being promoted by the State of New York, and we are particularly dismayed by the Governor’s stated ntent to consider massive expansions of the forms of, and venues for, non-Indian gambling. From the home page of the CAGNY website,

    “The Coalition Against Gambling in New York opposes all predatory gambling in New York, whether run by Indian nations, by the State of New York, by commercial interests, or by any combination thereof.

    “CAGNY therefore opposes any proposal to expand legalized gambling in New York, whether implemented through the introduction of new lottery games, through legalization of new racino games, through expanded hours and venues, through a constitutional amendment to allow commercial casino gambling, or by any other means.”

    The website of the local group, CACGEC, has a similar statement.

    While we oppose all forms of predatory gambling, it should be noted that there are two important differences between casino gambling (not “gaming” — that’s the innoicuous sounding industry term) and some other forms of gambling such as the lottery:

    (1) Games that are faster, with higher stakes, are more damaging to individuals and more addictive. Casino gambling, especially the slot machines, are worse in that regard than buying individual lottery tickets. However, even the latter can be addictive, and I know a man whose son committed suicide due to an addiction to the lottery.

    (2) The State Constitution bans gambling, and then by amendment makes certain exceptions, namely for the lottery, pari-mutuel betting, and off-track betting. Casino-style gambling remains unconstitutional. Of course, in New York the Constitution is not so much a set of rules and restrictions as it is a challenge to be overcome through slick maneuvering. So we have the racinos with slot machines that are held to be legal because they are connected to a central computer, rendering them (according to the reasoning of the Court of Appeals) legitimate lottery devices.

    Locally we have focused on the casino because it is more harmful than the other venues, AND it is (we believe) illegal, so we can challenge it through litigation. The various forms of state-run gambling are, in our opinion, misguided but not challengeable in court. We DID challenge the multistate lotteries and the racinos some years ago, but we lost in the state courts, and those challenges did not involve any federal issues. So there is nothing more we can do in court on those matters. We will, of course, do what we can to persuade state legislators of the foolishness of relying on gambling to fill the state’s coffers.

    We could use some help.