Step Back in Time features news items from The Daily Star 25 and 50 years ago.

25 years ago

july 5, 1994

ALBANY — Lawmakers staggered to the end of their annual session Sunday after a marathon all-night session without agreeing on a plan to legalize gambling — including Catskill casinos — in New York

“It should have never come down to this.” Assemblyman Jake Gunther said as the Assembly wrapped up its business at 6:30 a.m. Sunday, just moments after approving a watered-down casino gambling resolution.

The Forestburgh Democrat was going home empty-handed after making legalized gambling the centerpiece of his legislative year. He was the strongest gaming proponent in his house and he pushed for passage of a plan supporters say could create 10,000-20,000 new jobs in the Catskills and rocket the region to economic recovery.

“What can I say; I’m very disappointed,” Gunther said, as he cleared a stack of papers from his desk and prepared to leave the Assembly chamber.

50 years ago

july 5, 1969

“Don’t let people forget what the ‘Little Red Caboose’ stands for” is the theme of the commemorative service some railroad oriented Oneontans hope to be able to stage this autumn.

The idea, as suggested by Walt Rich, general manager of the Delaware-Otsego Railroad (DO Line), is to perpetuate the memory of the founding of the Little Red Caboose at Oneonta of the Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen.

And the commemorative event, he said, could in some fashion take the place of the traditional BRT Memorial Service which will no longer be held since the Brotherhood was absorbed into the huge, four-brotherhood United Transportation Union.

The memorial, traditionally held in June each year, brought together brotherhood members from all over the United States and Canada in a gesture of respect for BRT members who gave their lives.