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Political, business and labor leaders to support gambling amendment


   By Robert J. McCarthy

   A group of top political, business and labor leaders will lend their support today to a state constitutional amendment that would legalize casino gambling in New York at a noon press conference.
   Buffalo Comptroller Mark J.F. Schroeder will be joined by Colleen DiPirro, president of the Amherst Chamber of Commerce, and Paul Brown, president of the Western New York Building Trades Council, to endorse Proposition 1.
   The Hyatt Regency Buffalo event will explain the group's support for the ballot question, which they say would result in $22 million in revenue for Erie County and $7.5 million for the City of Buffalo. They also claim the measure would protect local casino jobs while creating 10,000 new jobs across New York State.
   Legalizing casino gambling has been approved by two successive Legislatures and now must pass a Nov. 5 referendum to become law.

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Robert J. McCarthy

Robert J. McCarthy

A native of Schenectady, Robert J. McCarthy came to The Buffalo News in 1982 following a six-year stint at the Olean Times Herald. He is a graduate of St. Bonaventure University, and has been covering local, state and national politics since 1992.

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