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The need for gaming in the Adirondacks is large

In addition, casino employees in Colorado receive competitive fringe benefits like tuition reimbursement, transportation and meals, retirement and pension plans, health and life insurance, and exceptional promotional opportunities.

In other words, the very benefits our college graduates are leaving the area in search of.

Certainly the argument can be made that casinos would forever alter the quality of life that makes the Adirondacks the special place it is.

But through progressive planning — like forcing casinos into commercial districts, limiting stakes and establishing set closing times — casino gambling could be as good a fit here as it proved to be in Black Hawk, Central City and Cripple Creek.

The casino building proposal in New York is expected to come to a head later this year when Gov. Andrew Cuomo divulges up to seven potential casino locations.

The state legislature has already passed a constitutional amendment approving the new casinos. It must be passed again this year and then, like Colorado, must be approved in a statewide voter referendum before becoming law.

Anticipating approval some towns, like Port Henry, North Hudson and Lake George, have already tossed their hats in the ring for consideration to become host to one of the new casinos.

Potential locations such as Frontier Town, located at Exit 29 of the Northway in North Hudson; Roaring Brook Ranch off Exit 21 of the Northway in Lake George and the former Lowe’s Home Improvement Center in downtown Ticonderoga have emerged.

When it comes down to decision-making time, let’s hope the governor bases his decision on need rather than greed.

If so — and there is no conflict with existing Native American casinos — than no other region of the state would benefit more from a gaming operation than the Adirondacks.

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