On Wednesday evening, in a challenge to Governor Andrew Cuomo, the Rockland County legislature passed a resolution asking for local approval of casinos.
New Yorkers are mildly supportive of legalizing Las Vegas-style casinos in New York State and would like a say in their locations.
Steve Wynn, newly installed on Central Park South, says restricting casino licenses 'opens the door for corruption'
Gambling magnate Steve Wynn, who is interested in opening a casino in New York, said yesterday that when states limit the number of casinos that can operate within their borders, they breed corruption.(1)
Gambling institutions and interest groups are stepping up their lobbying efforts after Governor Andrew Cuomo's successful first step toward legalization of casino gambling in New York, Jim Odato reports.
As part of last week’s legislative all-nighter, the legislature passed a bill allowing full-fledged casinos, complete with table games like blackjack and poker (complete with human dealers) in New York State.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg this morning said casinos almost never help the areas in which they are located, and suggested instead a Singapore model for legal gambling, drawing, by inference, a stark distinction with Governor Andrew Cuomo's plan.
"If you go just a block or two away from a lot of these big gambling spas, you don’t see any improvement for the people who live there," said the mayor. "But hope springs eternal. People are still trying to do that. "
Basking in good poll numbers, in contrast with the legislature, Cuomo says he's where 'the people' are
"I said to my cabinet at the last meeting, stay outside of Albany," Governor Andrew Cuomo said in a radio interview this morning. "Talk to the people. They connected with the people."
He also said any discussion of pay raises for members of his executive branch was, at this point, "academic."(1)
There was a microphone set up for members of the audience at a town hall-style meeting in the patriotically decorated auditorium of P.S. 216, the Arturo Toscanini School in Gravesend. But teacher Scott Krivitsky walked past it and put his arm right around city schools chancellor Dennis Walcott.
“You and I are very, very similar,” Krivitsky said.
Governor Andrew Cuomo's declaration that he would support casino-style gambling in New York City was the front page of the Daily News today, and was picked up widely by other news outlets throughout the day. It's an issue Cuomo is reportedly going to address when he delivers his State of the State speech in Albany.
There's popular support for such a move, in theory, and the political interests in Albany, after the initial success of video gambling at a local racetrack, are quite likely to fall into line with the governor.
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