Bloomberg reacts to Cuomo’s upstate-only casino announcement

Bloomberg on Thursday. (via NYC.gov)
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Mayor Michael Bloomberg is definitely not disappointed that Governor Andrew Cuomo plan for casinos doesn't yet include any that will be located in New York City.

"I have always thought that casino gambling is very regressive," he said, following a press conference about new efforts to battle opioid addiction.

Yesterday, in his third annual State of the State address, Cuomo said that the first phase of his plans to legalize casino gambling in New York involved opening three casinos upstate, as a means of generating tourism and jobs.

Last year Cuomo explored bringing casinos to New York City, an idea the mayor was never particularly pleased with.

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"It's really just a ways to raise money," said Bloomberg today. "The governor's trying to do something for upstate in terms of encouraging people to go upstate and economic activity where it's sorely needed. You know, I'm a citizen of New York State and have an obligation to support the governor in trying to help all parts of this state, so I'm sympathetic with that. But I'm not so sure that in New York City, which is the only area that I can really speak of with authority, that it's appropriate."

Separately, a reporter asked him about the governor's comments on stop-and-frisk.

Yesterday, when Cuomo announced that he would once again seek to decriminalize the public possession of small amounts of marijuana, he made what WNYC described as "oblique" criticism of the mayor's stop-and-frisk program by saying that "there’s a challenge posed by the stop-and-frisk police policies.”

The reporter characterized the governor as having come out "very strongly against stop-and-frisk," which the mayor immediately disputed.

"No he didn't do that at all," he snapped. "He did not do that all. He came out to support something that our administration has been supporting."