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New York State Assembly Sub-committee on Casino Gambling Hearing Transcripts and Subject Files

Held by the New York State Archives


Overview of the Records

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New York State Archives

New York State Education Department

Cultural Education Center

Albany, NY 12230

Summary:
These records were created or received by the Assembly subcommittee investigating the possibility of new legislation legalizing casino and other forms of gambling in New York. Records include hearing testimony, supporting statements, reports, correspondence, memorandums, press releases, newspaper clippings, gambling legislation from other states, and promotional material from the gaming industry. Also included is a 30-minute videotape of a 1981 debate on legalized gambling between Assemblywoman Gerdi Lipschutz and journalist Bruce Detlefson.
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6 cubic feet
Inclusive Dates:
1977-1986
Series Number:
L0019

Scope and Content Note

The records in this series were produced or received by the subcommittee of the Assembly Standing Committee on Governmental Operations investigating the possibility of new legislation to legalize casino and other forms of gambling in New York. The records include hearing testimony and supporting statements, published and unpublished reports, correspondence, memoranda, press releases, clippings, gambling legislation from other states, and promotional material from the gaming industry. The series also contains a 30-minute videotape (3/4" format) of a 1981 debate on legalized gambling between the subcommittee chairperson Assemblywoman Gerdi Lipschutz and Bruce Detlefson.

The records provide information from a range of individuals interested in the gambling issue. These include state legislators and state agency officials, heads of local governments, police and criminal justice officials, local development and planning officials, labor representatives, religious leaders, civic association members, and hotel, travel and resort industry representatives.

The majority of the records provide evidence supporting new gambling legislation. Hearing testimony and reports illustrate the economic benefits of gambling to the state in the form of new jobs, increased revenues, and increased tourist business. The records include many references to the benefits of gambling to the states of Nevada and New Jersey. The testimony and clippings in the records also provide ample evidence of the negative aspects associated with the gambling industry, particularly pointing up the certain and dramatic increase in criminal activity likely to occur with the establishment of the casino gambling industry.

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