ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - A group of upstate New York theaters is concerned that approval of four new casinos would create competition making it harder for them to hire acts and attract audiences.
They aren't opposing casinos, but they want a role in booking their acts and limits on the number of seats in casino theaters if the expansion of gambling is approved by voters in a Nov. 5 referendum.
The coalition calling itself Upstate NY Arts and Entertainment Venues also wants to see the state limit future growth of any new casinos. The group made its case an event in Albany on Tuesday.
Among the theaters are Proctors in Schenectady, the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, The Clemens Center in Elmira, the Times Union Center in Albany, and the Ulster Performing Arts Center in Kingston.
"Casino entertainment facilities in Connecticut had a major impact on arts organizations in Hartford, Connecticut, Providence, Rhode Island, New Haven, Boston," said SPAC President Marcia White. "Some of the small not-for-profits had to close their doors."
Fair Game says Governor Andrew Cuomo has endorsed their requests. A vote on a referendum to authorize casino expansion in New York will take place in the November election.