Since Liz and her colleague Sen. Cecilia Tkaczyk introduced their bill to protect communities’ home-rule rights and prevent casinos from being forced on towns that don’t want them, mutliple editorial boards from around the state — and representing a diverse range of viewpoints — have weighed in, cheering the bill.

The Albany Times Union: “So the will of city councils, town boards, and ordinary citizens is now just politics? They’re the special interests, not the gambling corporations with their lobbyists and generous campaign checks? … sometimes the interests and concerns of local residents and the state are equally important, and demand consensus.”

The New York Post: “The casino legislation sponsored by state Sens. Liz Krueger (D-Manhattan) and Cecilia Tkaczyk (D-Duanesburg) reflect serious concerns, especially in upstate communities, about whether casinos will provide the widely promised economic rejuvenation in their regions.”

The Poughkeepsie Journal: “…the process for picking exact sites must be aboveboard and as transparent as possible. It is also imperative that localities have their say.”

The Gloversville Leader Herald: “…the opinions of residents in the town of Florida and the city of Amsterdam should be respected.”