Town Supervisor Sees Casino In Brasher's Future

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A large piece of St. Lawrence County land that was once planned for a car racetrack and entertainment complex could instead be the home of a casino.

"We've got 900 acres of the old racetrack project," said Brasher Town Supervisor Jim Dawson.

"It would make a great spot for a casino," he said. "We're right close to the border, Ottawa and Montreal."

The Cuomo administration wants a constitutional amendment to create seven commercial casinos across the New York state.

Dawson says the area should begin active lobbying to bring casino gambling to the area.

"Somebody's going to say 'pie in the sky,' but if we could get a major casino here, in addition to the one that the Native Americans are operating in Hogansburg," Dawson said, "two's better than one, three's better than two."

"Not that I'm an advocate of gambling, because it creates problems, but if it's going to happen, let's grab the ring as it goes by."

Some residents are skeptical about the plan.

"It concerns us, being this is a rural setting," said Jeff Mattison, who lives nearby.

"It's not something you really want to see in, basically, our backyard," Mattison said.

Dawson said a casino on the property could create jobs, pump money into the area and increase sales tax revenues.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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