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Casino foe won't appeal lawsuit decision

David Blankenhorn of the Institute for American Values

David Blankenhorn of the Institute for American Values smashes a slot machine with a sledgehammer during an anti-casino event outside the state Capitol in Albany Tuesday. (Oct. 15, 2013) Photo Credit: AP

A casino foe said Thursday he won't appeal a court decision upholding the legality of the gambling-expansion referendum in New York because there's not enough time before Election Day.

Eric Snyder, a Brooklyn attorney, had argued that the proposal to amend the state constitution to allow seven non-Indian-run casinos in New York was worded illegally to encourage a "yes" vote.

Instead of using neutral language, the ballot proposition says that casinos will create jobs, lower taxes and help school finances. Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and most state legislators support the casino proposal.

On Wednesday, state Supreme Court Judge Richard Platkin said Snyder's challenge was untimely because he filed his claim after a deadline to do so. Thursday, Snyder said there wasn't enough time to go up the legal ladder and get a decision by Nov. 5.

"No matter what happens, it can’t happen before Election Day,” Snyder said in an Albany radio interview.

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