Democratic Caucus of the Monroe County Legislature

Legislators Submit Resolution Opposing Casino in Henrietta

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Rochester, New York — April 7, 2014.  Democratic County Legislators announced that they have submitted a resolution against the proposed casino in the Town of Henrietta. The resolution was submitted today by Legislator Justin Wilcox (D-Brighton, Henrietta). Each legislator will then have until May 16 to decide whether they will support the resolution.

“Over the past few weeks, it has become clear that there is significant opposition to a potential casino in Henrietta,” Legislator Wilcox said. “Given the concerns the residents have expressed about the negative impact to local businesses and the quality of life in Henrietta, we simply do not feel that a casino is in the community’s interest. While I support economic development projects that stimulate the local economy and create jobs, it is not clear at all that a casino would have this net effect nor is it clear that it would bring in any additional tourism dollars. In fact, based on evidence presented in studies, instead of attracting new visitors, these establishments compete with local businesses and draw dollars from local residents.”

“The local community has spoken when it comes to this project. At each opportunity they’ve had, we have seen local residents overwhelmingly oppose this proposal. In addition, there does not appear to be any clear or convincing economic benefits that will result from building a casino in Henrietta,” Wilcox added.

The resolution calls on the Governor to oppose amending the agreement with the Seneca Nation, which currently allows only three Seneca Casinos in the state.