Niagara Gazette

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January 12, 2013

GLYNN: Casino issue returns to upstate New York in 2013

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Niagara Gazette — FOOTNOTE: Before anyone starts celebrating the dawn of another job creation, it should be noted the second passage of the casino gambling measure — mandated to amend the state Constitution — will be extremely difficult. Many members of the Senate and Assembly probably won't even agree to vote on the legislation until specific sites are listed. And if that happens, you can expect late-night heated debates, lengthy arguments over which communities are hurting the most, and a sharp increase in lobbyists in the Capital Region. If by some quirk of fate, however, the lawmakers complete the second passage, the referendum could be on the November ballot.

At this point, the governor appears to be absolving himself from the delicate selection process. "Let the market and let the experts tell us where the optimum location is to site a casino to maximize revenue," he said.

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SCALPERS AT WORK: Remember when presidential inaugurations were free? Obviously the seats for the swearing-in ceremony have always been limited which is why members of Congress were issued those tickets to distribute free for the Jan.21 event in Washington. D.C. 

Those same tickets, for whatever reason, are starting to show up for sale on eBay and Craiglist. Two days ago they were going for upwards of $2,000 on the online black market. The Presidential Inaugural Committee is reportedly looking into the matter. No doubt the committee will get to the bottom of the scam by July.

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FAVORITE FLICK: A headline in the New York Post: "Oscar Vote Triumph: Abe Re-Elected," a reference to Stephen Spielberg's movie "Lincoln," topping the nominations for "Best Picture of the Year.

Contact reporter Don Glynn at 282-2311, ext. 2246.

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