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ROSS CASINO CLAIM TERMED 'BIZARRE' BY PATAKI AIDE

At a recent campaign stop, Lt. Gov. Ross criticized Gov. Pataki for not putting heat on the State Senate to approve a measure letting voters decide whether to legalize casinos in New York.

"If Governor Pataki tells the members of the New York State Senate, where Republicans are in the majority, that he wants to support a casino initiative, they will go for it," Lt. Gov. Ross said in Buffalo.

By campaign standards, it was hardly a sensational charge.

But the reaction of Pataki's campaign was telling. "It is so bizarre that it does not merit a response," Pataki campaign spokesman Michael Marr said.

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