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Letter: Gaming facilities provide resources to help addicted

Responsible gambling isn’t just a buzzword for the members of New York’s Gaming Association. Our video gaming facilities and casinos welcome an examination of gambling addiction services, which State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli called for in his most recent audit (“Comptroller: New York has no idea what damage gambling has done,” Feb. 6), but we are already committed to comprehensive responsible gaming programs.

As members of the National Council on Problem Gaming, NYGA’s video gaming facilities and casinos strictly adhere to established practices to ensure a safe environment that protects patrons. We deliver comprehensive training to staff to identify at-risk patrons, we provide support and educational services to patrons, and we have exclusion policies in place to help people battling addiction.

At the same time, please don’t dismiss the positive impact that the gaming industry is having across our region and state. NYGA facilities now employ over 5,500 employees – including 500 at Batavia Downs Gaming and Hamburg Gaming – and we’re delivering on the promise of gaming expansion. All told, the industry can reliably claim a total economic impact for the state of $2.5 billion for 2017. And for every $10 spent at a casino, over four dollars go back to funding New York schools.

Video gaming facilities and casinos are proud to provide resources for the education of New York’s children, make it easier for New Yorkers to raise families, and support vibrant communities.

Michael Kane, President

New York Gaming Association

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