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VOICE-Buffalo Rallies in Opposition to New Casino

By Tiffany Matthews

Buffalo, NY – A faith-based group in Buffalo has added its opposition to construction of a Seneca Nation of Indians casino in the city's Cobblestone District.

Members of VOICE-Buffalo rallied yesterday in Lafayette Square. The group's president, Reverend Heshimu Sparks, made it clear that Buffalo is not the place to build a casino.

"Buffalo is a city that is already challenged by poverty, a declining tax base, unemployment and health needs," Sparks said. "There have been severe cutbacks in programs for youth. City and county governments are facing major budgetary problems. We can't afford another business that takes from the community and gives little in return."

VOICE-Buffalo is an organization made up of 25 congregations and faith communities. They're joining Citizens Against Casino Gambling, the Wendt Foundation and other groups and individuals in fighting the casino proposal.