SAUGERTIES, N.Y. -- A group called "No Saugerties Casino" is hoping to keep gambling out of the area.
The group held a meeting Thursday night to discuss their opposition to the possibility of a casino taking over 850 acres of land in Saugerties, currently home to the Winston Farm.
While the group says there is no actual evidence that the farm is being eyed as the possible site of a gaming hall, they say a developer came to Saugerties years ago, in conjunction with a Native American tribe, and promoted converting the farm into a casino and they want to be ready if the idea comes up again.
New York voters are expected to consider a proposition in 2013 that, if approved, would pave the way for as many as seven non-Indian casinos in the state.
"We believe that a multi-million dollar gaming casino in our community will take over the life of our community. It will take over the political life, it will generate tremendous traffic, air pollution, light pollution. It will generate criminal behavior. The consequences, even though there may be some jobs along the way, the consequences and the cost are enormous,” said Lanny Walter, Chairman of No Saugerties Casino.
The Winston Farm also holds historical significance for the community. It was the site of the 1994 three-day Woodstock music festival.