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NY casino foes smash slot machine in protest

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October 15, 2013 03:48 PM EST | AP


ALBANY, N.Y. — ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Opponents of a Nov. 5 referendum to expand the number of casinos in New York have taken a sledge hammer to a slot machine outside the Capitol, saying they're striking a blow against problem gambling.

Also Tuesday, a group supporting the change, NY Jobs Now, says expansion would capture much of the $1.2 billion New Yorkers now spend on casinos in other states and in Canada.

The nonprofit think tank Institute for American Values and the coalition Against Gambling in New York say authorizing seven Las Vegas-style casinos will increase gambling addiction without fulfilling promises of jobs, tax breaks and school aid.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the Legislature say the $1 billion in revenue can be used for schools and to cut taxes.