Save East Greenbush at Public Hearing: "Winners"

Friends. We can't thank you enough for showing up for the cause. We turned out in such beautiful and amazing force that we were a dominant story of the day. Here are just a few clips from the news:

"The people who oppose a casino in East Greenbush are fired up and dedicated. That was clear during Monday's long hearing in front of the Gaming Commission's siting board. You probably knew that if you've been following the Capital Region's competition for a casino license. Now members of the commission know, too." Chris Churchill, Times Union

"Those with the Save East Greenbush contingent, which has ongoing litigation regarding the casino, said they would continue to block and oppose any plans for a casino on Thompson Hill in the town. Those against a casino there said it was not an appropriate site due to the nearby schools, senior living facilities and Girl Scout camp. Along with this, many referred to the conflict of interest a town board member had since her brother would benefit from nearby property sale and that another town board member has since changed her mind about the project." Danielle Sanzone, Troy Record

"But if Howe Caverns developers were feeling good about things, there might be an opposite reaction from the developers of the Capital View Casino proposed on Thompson Hill in East Greenbush. Out of 61 speakers, 50 them (82%) were dead set against the project. 'I believe a casino would be a permanent blight on our quality of life,' one woman testified, although many others shared the sentiment." Dan Levy reporting, WNYT

"The group’s attorney, Jeff Meyer, was one of the first people to kick off the hearing on Monday. He stressed to the gaming board that the casino project proposed by Saratoga Harness Racing and Churchill Downs on Thompson Hill doesn’t have local support. 'There is no local support, and they are trying to steamroll this through,' Meyer said. 'The residential buffer zone is designed for low impact, agricultural and residential uses — not a casino.' Haley Viccaro, Schenectady Gazette

"A large contingent from Save East Greenbush, a grassroots group opposed to plans for a $300 million casino on Thompson Hill Road, held signs and spoke often. They cited several reasons, including a lack of transparency within town government over the project and fears about crime and other problems from a full-scale casino. One resident, who described herself as 'vehemently opposed,' made reference to a petition signed by more than 3,000 people fighting Capital View Casino & Resort." Michael DeMasi, Albany Business Review

"...heavy opposition from scores of people from the eastern gateway of the region. These "Save East Greenbush" members held signs and paraded representatives to the microphone to urge the five Gaming Facility Location Board to rule out a casino license for their suburban town. Jennifer Corso, one of the opponents of the Capital View Casino project proposed by Saratoga Harness and Churchill Downs, displayed a letter showing that the state attorney general's public integrity bureau recently wrote that they accepted her complaint and would look into actions of East Greenbush government in endorsing the Capital View project." James Odato, Times Union

We even got picked up by the AP wire!

"Most of the opposition so far has focused on the Capital View Casino proposed for East Greenbush in Rensselaer County. Dozens of residents held protest signs and told the board that a casino would lead to increased traffic, crime and other negative impacts. 'We are loud and we are forceful because we are determined,' resident Elizabeth Wade said." Dave Klepper, Associated Press

We came out in force, but don't forget. The developers like to pull strings in the back rooms. Please support our legal fund. You can donate online or mail checks to Save East Greenbush, PO Box 115, East Greenbush, NY 12061. Make checks payable to Save East Greenbush. We can save our town. We need your help to do it! 

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