UFT President Michael Mulgrew joined a coalition of labor, business and political groups urging New Yorkers to vote yes on Election Day on Proposition 1, a referendum on a casino plan that would bring to the state new jobs and hundreds of millions of dollars in new revenue for public schools.
In a press conference at UFT headquarters on Oct. 31, representatives of the coalition, New York Jobs Now, said moving ahead with the plan to allow casinos to open in the state makes sense. The state Legislature and Gov. Andrew Cuomo approved the plan last spring.
“Schools are being asked to do more with less because of the new Common Core standards,” Mulgrew said. “To meet these challenges, we need more funding."
Allowing casinos to open in New York State would provide more than $200 million in school funding across the state, nearly half of which would come to the city.
“New Yorkers are already spending $1.2 billion in casinos outside of New York State,” Mulgrew said. “This proposal gives them the option to stay in New York, which would keep the revenue here.”
Under the plan, there would be no casinos placed in New York City for at least seven years. Even after that period, casinos could not be located in New York City without approval by the Legislature.
Casinos that would open across the state — most notably in Sullivan County — would create a projected 10,000 jobs. The casino plan would also increase tourism to the state and promote state and local tax relief, according to the state’s Division of Budget.
Mulgrew was joined at the press conference by Manhattan Assemblyman Keith Wright, New York State AFL-CIO President Mario Cilento and Business Council President and CEO Heather Briccetti.
“This is one idea that business, labor, Republicans and Democrats can agree on,” Briccetti said.
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