As an activist involved with No Saugerties Casino— one of the organizations working to defeat Ballot proposition One (the casino referendum)—I’ve learned two things from this experience. The first is that if you repeat a lie often enough, people will think it is true. Despite the facts, people chose to accept Albany’s word that it would be an economic development engine. The second is that people talk a good game about disliking Albany’s corruption and being fed up with politicians, and yet, when presented with an opportunity of acting on their feelings, they chose to vote yes on a ballot proposition that was tainted and corrupt from its inception to the final wording on the ballot. Unfortunately, by passing the casino referendum, New Yorkers who voted yes affirmed and countenanced the corruption/deceit that they rail against.
Susan L. Puretz