Capital View Casino presented the Boys and Girls Club of Albany with a check for $150,000 last night at the group's first Thanksgiving dinner. But there's a catch. If they aren't awarded the license for the Capital Region, the money will not be donated and the Boys and Girls Club can - to use a Thanksgiving metaphor - stuff it. It was a heartwarming sight to see those two great friends of East Greenbush - Kathy Sheehan and Rita Cox - smiling next to one of those huge PR checks. Since they're both PR pros, neither tripped over the strings attached to the fake check. Using a charity event to woo the Gaming Commission as it works to complete its deliberations is only the latest in anti-social behavior for a group that has trampled our town board, common decency and the truth in its continuing effort to win the right to trample our town. Last night's display marked a new low and raised several issues for those following the casino debacle.
* As much as I have grown to dislike Kathy Sheehan for her willingness to sell us down the river, she at least seems to be trying to take Capital View for all she can get. Imagine if our town board had decided to negotiate instead of simply rolling over.
* Could the Gaming Commission be impressed by such a desperation maneuver? Holding a sword over the head of the Boys and Girls Club couldn't possibly make the Commission look more favorably on this applicant, could it?
* Is Keith Langley aware that any support promised by Feathers for his re-election effort comes with the same strings attached. Feathers was quoted as saying he wouldn't walk away from the Supervisor even if they didn't get the license. He said "I've never walked away from anyone in my life." Tell that to the Boys and Girls Club of Albany.