Most voters oppose Native American casino – Rochester Democrat and Chronicle


Five months ago, the Seneca Nation of Indians said it would drop any immediate plans to develop a casino in Monroe County.

But that didn’t mean a local gambling destination is off the table forever. The nation never said it was throwing in the towel permanently, and to this day, Seneca Gaming Corp. owns 32 acres on Clay Road in Henrietta.

Were the Senecas to pitch a different casino proposal in the future, they could face significant opposition, particularly in Rochester’s suburbs, according to a Voice of the Voter poll conducted for the Democrat and Chronicle and several other local news outlets.

The poll found that 52 percent of respondents opposed a Native American casino being built and operated in Monroe County. Only 39 percent supported the idea, while 9 percent said they were unsure.

The question was one of many where city and suburban residents did not see eye to eye. More than half of suburban residents polled, or 55 percent, were against a local Native American casino. Only one in three people liked the idea.

A majority of city residents — 52 percent — supported the concept, with 45 percent opposed.

Several people who took the poll said that casinos profit off gambling addicts or that there already are enough chances to gamble within driving distance.

“Going to a Bills game, that’s for fun, but this seems like a somewhat sleazy way to make money off of people’s addiction,” said Rob Pokalsky, 44, of Penfield.

Supporters saw gambling as a way to pump new revenue into their communities.

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