New York Gaming Association Opposes Problem Gaming

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The New York Gaming Association, the lobbying group for the state’s nine racetracks, is supporting legislation that would help problem gamblers.

The association is pushing the state to legalize casino gambling and let them open full-scale casinos.

The group is supporting bills sponsored by Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz, D-Brooklyn, and Sen. Jeff Klein, D-Bronx.

“New York does gaming the right way. Gaming venues are sensibly located, thoughtfully, regulated, and operated in a socially responsible, economically reliable way that promotes the interests of all of New York citizens. For most people going to a casino is a benign form of entertainment but for a small percentage it can be a problem that has a negative impact on their lives,” James Featherstonhaugh, president of the New York Gaming Association, a veteran Albany lobbyist and a part owner of Saratoga Race Track, said in a statement.

The bills would require at least one of the seven board members on the upcoming state Gaming Commission to have “significant experience” in the prevention and treatment of compulsive gambling.

Another bill would require gambling facilities to post signs about problem gambling near every casino’s exit and entrance.

A final bill would require the Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services to develop a problem gambling education program.

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