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October 17, 2013
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - The lawyer who challenged the wording of the casino gambling referendum in New York has dropped his plan appeal a judge's dismissal of the lawsuit.
Brooklyn lawyer Eric Snyder and good-government advocates had argued the proposition on the Nov. 5 ballot was reworded to illegally advocate for a "yes" vote on Gov. Andrew Cuomo's proposal for seven more casinos.
The judge never got to the crux of that issue, instead ending the case by ruling Wednesday Snyder's lawsuit was filed too late.
The state Board of Elections didn't post the unexpected rewording of the proposition until days after the deadline to challenge it.
Acting Supreme Court Judge Richard Platkin also that the state didn't violate the Open Meetings Law.
Snyder claimed the board changed the wording in secret. He says Thursday he won't appeal.
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