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Hamburg protests elimination of gaming aid

Hamburg Supervisor James M. Shaw is encouraging residents to sign an online petition against Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's proposal to eliminate aid for hosting video lottery terminals like those at Hamburg Gaming.

Hamburg would lose nearly $866,000, which is equivalent to a tax increase of 9.65%, Shaw said.

"Our town is challenged with a struggling commercial property tax base, and significant infrastructure expenses that we must incur. The loss of almost $866,000 of annual fees is a significant blow to all of us, as hardworking and decent people who strive every day to do the right thing," Shaw says on the petition website. More than 600 people had signed as of Monday afternoon.

And some left comments:

"Being a senior living on a fixed income, I can’t afford an increase on taxes. I don’t want to loose my home or live in my car," one woman wrote.

"Don’t we already pay enough. Please help out the little guy!" said another woman.

Cuomo's video lottery terminals proposal isn't sitting well in Hamburg


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