Target: Mark Gearan, Chair of New York State Gaming Commission
Goal: Protect a state park from a proposed casino resort
After years of funding and advocacy, the Sterling Forest State Park boasts 22,000 acres of pristine land crucial for watershed recharge, bird habitat, and recreational activities. However, a casino and resort proposed for the northern section of the park threatens the quiet area of Tuxedo, New York by an increase in traffic and destruction of native habitat. The famous Appalachian Trail traverses six miles through the area. The resort will be within view of the hiking path, reducing the park’s scenic appeal. Take action now to protect this state park from becoming just like much of New York, a concrete jungle.
Genting Americas has applied for the permission to build the 238-acre resort and casino, which seeks to host nearly 6.9 million people annually. The company wants to build 1,000 hotel rooms, a ski area, and a multi-car garage. However, 95 percent of the park is preserved and considered a bird conservation corridor. Migratory birds, those diverse and at risk, are in high concentration in the park and rely on its resources to survive. New York and New Jersey also rely on the park to keep a healthy watershed.
The most devastating fact about the development near this area is all the effort and money to protect the land will have been a waste. The impact of the casino is far greater than simply the acres destroyed for development. Traffic stresses roads and releases greenhouses gases into the air. Development reduces habitat and creates waste. The building itself threatens the scenic integrity of the area. By signing this petition, you are urging the New York State Gaming Commission to deny Genting Americas’ request to build a casino and resort in Sterling Forest State Park and help protect the wildlife that depend on this pristine land for their survival.
Dear Mr. Gearan,
Millions of dollars have been contributed to the area of Sterling Forest State Park to preserve and protect the land for wildlife, watershed health, and outdoor recreation. With the proposal of a resort and casino threatening the natural land, the years of effort seem to be in vain. The park contributes to the watersheds of New York and New Jersey, provides a sanctuary for migratory birds, and hosts six miles of the famous Appalachian Trail.
The town of Tuxedo, New York is at risk of increased traffic, increased greenhouse gas emissions, and increased waste. The development destroys the land and threatens the area’s wildlife as well as scenic integrity. Please take action to deny the request to build Sterling Forest Resort and Casino.
[Your Name Here]
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