ONEIDA COUNTY, N.Y. -- Some Oneida County officials are making a last minute push to sway voters on next week's gaming referendum.
Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente, Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi and Utica Schools Superintendent Bruce Karam made their case Tuesday. They say the county will get about $18 million from the deal to allow casino gaming in New York. That includes the equivalent of a few hundred thousand dollars for each school district in the county.
Utica City School Superintendent Bruce Karam says it doesn't fix all of their problems, but they could use the money.
"Any additional funding that we could get, because we are a cash strapped district, helps us. Whether we're going to buy some computers, whether we're going to put classroom teachers back to work off the layoff list, it just helps," Karam said.
The county says the extra revenues are in addition to what they'll get from their deal with the Oneida Indian Nation.