On Thursday, Sen. Krueger joined a diverse group of advocates, including Ramsey Adams of Catskill Mountainkeeper and Mike Long, chairman of the New York State Conservative Party, to launch a campaign against Proposal One, the constitutional amendment authorizing up to seven new casinos in New York State, which is on the November 2013 ballot for the voters' approval. Multiple news outlets covered the press conference, including the Wall Street Journal, the Daily News, and Capital New York.
The Wall Street Journal wrote:
Two unlikely allies—Liz Krueger, the East Side Democrat known as one of the most liberal members of the state Senate, and Mike Long, chairman of the New York state Conservative Party—on Thursday presented the first organized opposition to the ballot measure. The amendment, along with legislation passed in Albany earlier this year, would initially authorize as many as four casinos to be developed upstate. Up to seven casinos could eventually be built.
The plan would impose a "regressive" tax on the poor, Ms. Krueger and Mr. Long said, asserting that it isn't the answer to job growth. Ms. Krueger said she isn't flatly opposed to gambling, but said the proposition would take money away from "mom and pop" shops. She said she disagrees with Mr. Cuomo that casino development would stimulate economic growth.