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Sporty's owner voices frustration over raffles

Sporty's Iron Duke Saloon, Minerva

Sporty's Iron Duke Saloon, Minerva Photo by Andy Flynn.

— Town Supervisor Sue Montgomery Corey said that she has always appreciated everything Beale does for the community and noted that an item on the agenda for the meeting was a review of the games of chance laws in the town.

Beale said that while this would help other businesses and non-profits in the town, that it would not resolve the obstacles for his charity. He explained that the vast web of rules and regulations in place by the Racing and Wagering Board of New York State was simply “mind boggling.” For example, a person must have an individual permit for every county that does not physically border the county in which the charity is based, so that Beale could not sell a raffle ticket in Saratoga County because he does not have a permit in Warren County.

Councilman Stephen McNally noted that “the only losers are the kids.”

In addition to his frustrations over the raffle, Beale noted that he had serious concerns about the Planning Board. When he went to before that board when he wanted to build a kitchen in his establishment, he said he had never been treated so disrespectfully in his entire life. He said that the Planning Board should be reviewed because members of any board should conduct themselves professionally and treat citizens with respect and dignity. Beale said that he would like to meet with the Town Board to discuss these issues.

Corey said that she is aware that there were some issues with the Planning Board and knows that they need to be working with the Planning and Zoning Boards on how laws are implemented. She had already had a brief meeting with them and intends to follow up with them on these issues soon.

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