James M. Odato, Albany Times Union, 10/7/2013
Few things are clear about the expansion of casinos in New York, but additional slot machines will add significantly to problem gambling and may not be economically rewarding for the state, according to a fresh study by the Institute for American Values... "'Why Casinos Matter' is definitely a response to some of the pro-casino argument," said Barbara Dafoe Whitehead, the chief author. She said a problem she encountered in doing her report is that New York government does not know how many problem gamblers there are in the state. Plus, the state needs data on the demographics of the regions where casinos may be built. "The state should be doing that (research)," she said. "It's a weakness on information available so people can do the research and inform the public."