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Today's strange political bedfellows entry

By Tom Precious

ALBANY - Liz Krueger and Mike Long have remarkably little in common when it comes to politics, and they sure don't get together much. So when they do, it can be considered newsworthy.

Krueger, a liberal Democrat from Manhattan, and Long, the longtime chairman of the state Conservative Party, appeared together today at an event to promote their opposition to the casino expansion proposal on next week's statewide ballot.

Krueger and Long joined several other lawmakers and the head of environmental group Catskill Mountainkeeper at a gathering on the steps of City Hall in New York.

"The proposed amendment and recently passed companion legislation fail to ban political contributions from casino operators, and they do not adequately protect local communities' right to control -- or simply say no to -- the siting of a new casino. Passing this would be asking for a new wave of political corruption and exposing many communities to the risk of having an unwanted casino inflicted on them,'' Krueger said.

Long's argument was succinct. He called the proposal "the biggest hoax ever perpetrated on the citizens of New York.''

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Tom Precious

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