Niagara Gazette — In an analysis called "A Sucker's Bet," the nonpartisan Empire Center for Public Policy found that even using Cuomo's numbers, the benefit of casinos would be minimal. The center's E.J. McMahon says the measure, at best, would improve upstate private-sector employment by about 0.4 of 1 percent and boost state school aid by just 1 percent.
State Conservative Party Chairman Michael Long called the casino effort "the biggest hoax ever perpetrated on the taxpayers of the state of New York," while The New York Times called the rewording "advocacy, pure and simple."
Brooklyn lawyer Eric Snyder unsuccessfully challenged the working in court. The state Board of Elections won on a technicality that Snyder didn't file his lawsuit by the Aug. 19 deadline, although the state didn't post the rewritten wording until Aug. 21. Powerful Republican Sen. John DeFrancisco is pushing a bill to prohibit rewording.