April 26, 2014

Churchill: East Greenbush board sneaked a casino vote Chris Churchill

Updated 12:38 am, Thursday, April 24, 2014
East Greenbush
The vote seemed odd. Why was the Town Board in East Greenbush, of all places, backing a casino?
Now we know why. Just days after last week's vote, Saratoga Casino and Raceway said it wants to build a $300 million casino in the Rensselaer County town, on a hill above Route 4 and Walmart.
The chain of events raises two questions: Will East Greenbush residents get to give their opinion on the project prior to a potential state approval? Or did their Town Board just rob them of the chance?
But in East Greenbush, the cart rolled by with the horse chasing after it. The board unanimously approved a resolution before anyone knew the town was in play. There was no advance notice of the vote. It was added to the board's agenda at the last minute.
How and why did that happen?

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