The Greater Ogdensburg Chamber of Commerce is erring on the side of both political correctness and its own bylaws by not taking a stand on the possibility of a gambling casino in Ogdensburg.
The chambers board of directors wont endorse a suggestion that the casino be built on a 10.3-acre parcel of land that houses the Ogdensburg Bridge and Port Authoritys Bridge Plaza administrative building. The chambers office is there, too.
Chamber Executive Director Sandra M. Porter said Tuesday that the recent proposal by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo to locate three non-Indian casinos in upstate New York might be considered a political issue.
The campaign to locate a casino in Ogdensburg, the board believes, is too close for comfort to the chamber bylaw that forbids the organization from taking stands on political issues.
While we didnt feel that it is a political issue, we dont want it to be misconstrued as a political issue, Ms. Porter said. But we do support all new businesses.
Chamber President Lori A. Smithers agreed it was better and more appropriate to always support a new business.
Its political, she said of the casino. Everything is political.