|The Business Review magazine reports that despite the intervention of Governor George Pataki, newly elected Tuesday and with a fresh mandate from New Yorkers, a lawsuit that would “prevent the opening of Indian casinos and eliminate video lottery terminals at the Saratoga Equine Sports Center harness track” is in order and can go to trial.|
Supreme Court Judge Joseph Teresi denied dismissal motions made by Governor Pataki, Park Place Entertainment, the New York Racing Association, and others.
The suit was initiated by Assemblyman William Parment, state Senator Frank Padavan and others from anti-gambling groups, and charges that the legislation violates the state Constitution by granting such gambling approval authority to the Governor. Judge Teresi said the matter would have to be settled in court. If the pro-gambling sector wins, the Governor would be empowered to “reach casino gambling compacts with Indian tribes in the Buffalo and Niagara Falls areas and in Ulster and Sullivan counties, also allowing the installation of video gaming terminals at race tracks,” Business Review reports.