New York Casino Voter Referendum Wording Challenged by Attorney
A November New York State casino referendum for voters has one attorney questioning the ballot’s wording
In November, New York voters are scheduled to vote for a referendum that will enable several new casino resorts to be built through the state. But if one Brooklyn lawyer is effective, that referendum will be halted due to language in the ballot question that he claims violates state law.
Referendum Language Questioned
The language in the referendum features a number of ‘legislative purposes’ that paint the proposition in a light that is unmistakably positive. For example, the question mentions ‘promoting work growth, increasing aid to schools and allowing regional governments to lower property taxes.’ That language was approved by the State Board of Elections in July.
But now, attorney Eric J. Snyder is contending that the language in the bill violates New York legislation. Based on case filed in the nyc State Supreme Court, Snyder alleges that the language violates the continuing State Constitution’s prohibition on the employment of public money in 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 difficulties with the language in the referendum. Many government watchdog groups also view it as one-sided, and groups that are religious also noted the language used whenever telling parishioners to consider social ills that could come with the advertised great things about casino expansion. Continue reading article