Church speaks out against gambling

By Megan Carpenter

October 28, 2013 Updated Oct 28, 2013 at 9:03 PM EDT

Greene, NY (WBNG Binghamton) As November nears, some locals are voicing their opinions against proposition one.

In less than two weeks, voters will head to the polls to vote on whether gambling should expand in New York State.

The Berean Bible Church in Greene dedicated most of it service to informing their members why they believe the gambling expansion would have a negative effect on the community.

"Our state is in a bad place economically so we understand why our leaders are pushing for a quick fix. But this will not be a quick fix," said Pastor Justin Bluer of Berean Bible Church. "Casinos and gambling are a nuclear disaster for a community. Crime bankruptcy, divorce, suicide are all linked to gambling."

But the state says the New York economy and job market would greatly benefit.

If it passes, up to seven casinos could develop in the Empire State, and one of the new casinos could be in the Southern Tier.