Nyc Casino Voter Referendum Wording Challenged by Attorney
A November nyc State casino referendum for voters has one attorney questioning the ballot’s wording
In November, New York voters are scheduled to vote on a referendum that would enable several new casino resorts to be built through the state. But if one Brooklyn attorney is effective, that referendum will be halted due to language in the ballot question he claims violates state law.
Referendum Language Questioned
The language in the referendum carries a number of ‘legislative purposes’ that paint the proposal in an unmistakably positive light. For example, the concern mentions ‘promoting task growth, increasing aid to schools and permitting regional governments to lower property taxes.’ That language was authorized by the State Board of Elections in July.
But now, lawyer Eric J. Snyder is contending that the language in the bill violates New York law. In accordance with case filed within the ny State Supreme Court, Snyder alleges that the language violates the State Constitution’s prohibition on the utilization of public profit the aid of ‘private undertakings.’
‘The Constitution is pretty clear that you cannot use money that is public sway or influence a vote,’ Snyder said.
Snyder isn’t the only one who has taken up problems with the language in the referendum. Many government watchdog groups also notice it as one-sided, and groups that are religious also noted the language used when telling parishioners to consider social ills that could attend the advertised advantages of casino expansion. Read more