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New bill would target underage gambling

Murphy said the proposed legislation's expansion of the DARE program would be especially beneficial in Saratoga County where the program already takes on a unique approach.

"The DARE curriculum has been criticize for its long term ineffectiveness and I tend to agree with that, but one we do in this county is to re-enforce the DARE message many times in organized ways throughout the child's middle and high school career. I think a lot of communities fail because they don't do anything past fifth grade," said Murphy.

Murphy said DARE partners with the Prevention Council to run a DARE camp that transitions from elementary to middle school and provides prevention programs all the way through high school to reiterate the message.

"My office goes into every single high school. We just finished a whole year on preventing cyber bullying and sexting, and so the message is continually repeated and now the underage gambling piece would fit in nicely there," said Murphy.

Murphy said he's hopeful the legislation will pass.

"It has bipartisan support, both upstate and downstate support, and the work I do is not Republican or Democrat, it's just community safety. This makes sense and I'm hopeful it will pass. But one never knows," said Murphy.

Some gambling statistics for New York state: four Indian casinos; eight video lottery terminal locations; four thoroughbred tracks; eight harness tracks; off track betting; 16,000 lottery retailers; 4,150 free standing lottery machines; 41 Problem Gambling Prevention Programs; 27 Problem Gambling Outpatient Treatment Progams; and around 1 million New Yorkers suffer from a gambling addiction.

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