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Lupardo, Lewis Disagree on Adding Casinos

Kathy Whyte/WNBF News

Two Southern Tier state Assembly candidates differ on whether casino gambling should be expanded in New York.

Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo, an Endwell Democrat, and Broome County legislator Julie Lewis, a Vestal Republican, discussed the issue Tuesday during a debate on WNBF Radio’s Binghamton Now program.

The state legislature this year approved a proposed constitutional amendment that would clear the way for more casinos in New York.

The measure still requires a second favorable vote from lawmakers before a statewide referendum would be scheduled.

Lupardo noted she voted for the measure last March. She acknowledged she has “some misgivings” about gambling behavior and abuses.

Lupardo said it would be important to have an aggressive program to help those who develop gambling problems.

Despite those concerns, she said she views adding casinos as probably the “way to go.”  Lupardo said New York has “missed the boat” as other states have allowed development of more casinos.

Lewis said she believes New York already has enough casinos. She said she doesn’t believe there’s a need to encourage and expand gambling in the state.

New York State Senate candidates Thomas Libous and John Orzel are scheduled to appear on Binghamton Now October 31 for a discussion of issues.

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