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Henrietta town supervisor does not support casino

Henrietta, N.Y. Henrietta Town Supervisor Jack Moore is proposing a resolution against the casino that would be built on 32 acres of land along Clay Road.

I want to leave the town, when I'm not here anymore, better then how I found it when I came, said Moore, and I don't believe that casino should be a part of that plan.

Thousands of community members reached out to Moore since hes been in office, voicing their opinions against the casino.

I do believe there are some benefits to have a casino here as far as jobs go, because we have a lot of people in the area that are looking for jobs, Moore said. But Im not sure thats a positive and the millions of dollars the town would receive from the Senecas in payment in lieu of taxes outweigh some of the social ills it could bring out to our community.

Moore's stance was a revelation for the Seneca Gaming Corporation. Philip Pantano, President of the Corporation, sent us this statement:

We are surprised and disappointed by todays announcement. In numerous discussions over the past few months, Supervisor Moore and others have expressed a willingness to gather all of the facts before making a decision. We were not afforded the opportunity to present a full discussion on our vision, which included millions of dollars in private investment, 2,000 good-paying jobs and countless partnership opportunities for local companies. Our process was based on gathering community input to develop a plan that would best complement the surrounding community. We were working toward that end, but apparently will not have that chance in Henrietta. Seneca Gaming Corporation believes that new investment and job creation are good for Monroe County and good for all of Western New York. Opening a new Seneca property is an opportunity to work with a business with an established track record for getting things done, putting people to work, creating business opportunities with local companies and expanding the local economy. Ours is a vision for economic growth and job creation, and it is a vision that still fits within Monroe County.

Friday, Moore also spoke out against the No More Casinos Coalition saying they really just represent competing gambling operations in the region.

I have no respect group for that group what so ever, said Moore, so don't think this decision was because of that, it's because real people came here spoke and the town board and myself are listening.

Spokesperson John Riley for the No More Casinos Coalition group stood in the back of the room while Moore dismissed the group, saying theyre taking advantage of people of Henrietta.

Yes, there are other business interests involved in this way beyond just OTB and the Finger Lakes Race Track, said Riley, we don't believe this fight is over, there are other towns and we're here for the long haul.

The towns power is limited in the final decision, but Moore hopes the state with listen to the town, if the resolution is passed March 19.

 
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