Niagara Gazette — Sometimes I wonder what people are thinking about. I hear and read about people chastising the Seneca-run casino in Niagara Falls. Now our illustrious governor is suggesting another casino bound for the Niagara area, using the excuse that “until the Seneca dispute is resolved.
Mr. Governor, you and some of your Albany cronies are creating the dispute by not honoring the agreement between the state and the Seneca’s in the first place. As I am told, the state has violated the “treaty” or contract with the Senecas by authorizing racinos. Now, the governor comes in with another pipe dream that goes something like this: “Lets bluff those people and tell them if they don’t pay up, we’ll build more casinos and put the hurt on them, then use taxpayer dollars to do it.”
Pure intimidation if you can’t see what he’s doing. Our governor already knows to do anything like that a referendum needs to be put before the voters for approval and if the first proposal is turned down by the taxpayers, another can be brought before the voters next year, which will give the lawmakers another chance to pry into the taxpayers pockets again. This has been done before several years ago in case you don’t remember, and the taxpayers/voters turned it down back then.
Some complain and cry that the casino has hurt their businesses. I have heard, “how can I compete with selling food in my restaurant? They don’t have to charge sales tax!” Hogwash. Everyone doesn’t go to the casino to eat, especially to save on sales tax! Besides, you better have a wallet full of money; they aren’t the least expensive place to go to eat. I heard the talk show guy on WLVL radio saying “look at the area around the casino, it is all run down, and renovations on Third Street has done absolutely nothing for the area.” Tell me, is that the casinos fault? Hogwash, There were bars, coffee shops & restaurants in that immediate block on Niagara between Third and Fourth streets that thrived before the people that owned those businesses retired or died. The buildings were left to rot, and should be bulldozed now. Is that the casino’s fault? Is it the casinos fault that those businesses could not adjust like Players Lounge has done so well on the corner of Fourth and Niagara?