Jeffery Uss of Casino Inc., stops to play various slot machines at the Global Gaming Expo, Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013, in Las Vegas. As slot machines move away from moving parts to video technology, manufacturers are now rolling out the first generation of joystick-controlled, penny arcade-themed gambling machines. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
Lawyer Fights NY Casino Referendum
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - A lawyer challenging the rewording of New York's casino referendum now says the state violated the law by making the changes in secret.
Eric Snyder tells The Associated Press that a transcript of a July meeting of the Board of Elections doesn't show a required vote to alter the referendum's language to mention promises of jobs, tax breaks and school aid. Critics say that creates an impression of the proposal that's too rosy.
As part of a lawsuit against the changes, he obtained the transcript showing they were instead made by telephone.
The state Open Meetings Law doesn't allow meetings or votes by telephone.
The Board of Elections declined to comment Tuesday.
Newspaper editorial writers and other critics say the rewrite will dupe voters into approving Gov. Andrew Cuomo's proposal.