Mobile Sports Betting Left Out of Cuomo Budget

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Gilbert Horowitz
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Attempts to get mobile sports betting legalized in New York State may already be dead on arrival.

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From Staten Island Live:

Gov. Andrew Cuomo rolled out a $178 billion state budget proposal Tuesday, which called for reigning in costs spending on Medicaid and legalizing recreational marijuana.

But one thing missing some had hoped would wind up in the governor’s budget proposal was legalizing mobile sports betting, something proponents believe could generate well over $30 million a month for the state with New York facing a looming $6 billion budget shortfall.

It's still possible that mobile sports gambling could be included in the final plan.

Queens Democrat State Sen. Joseph Addabbo Jr, the bill’s sponsor, said: “The Executive Budget's and state’s need for revenue emphasizes the importance of implementing mobile sports betting in New York and not to miss an opportunity to raise much needed revenue to assist in addressing the expanding $6 billion budget deficit, to increase educational funding, to protect vital programs, to curtail the current illegal sports betting in our state, and to significantly enhance the prospect of creating jobs.

“I am hopeful that mobile sports betting is on a similar road as some other issues, such as paid family leave and medical marijuana, which were initially rejected by the governor. Fortunately, these initiatives are now in place to benefit the people of our state -- as would mobile sports betting. I look forward to working with the governor’s administration, the State Legislative leadership, and my colleagues on this matter during budget negotiations."

Cuomo’s budget proposal will launch a process that will include hearings, legislative spending proposals and tweaks from the governor ahead of a March 31 deadline.

The Governor said he would not support new taxes the help close the budgetary gap and has already expressed concerns that legalizing mobile sports wagering would be in violation of the state Constitution.

New York State legalized sports betting last year but only at a handful of desigated casinos, most of which are not in easy reach of major population centers.

- Aaron Goldstein, Gambling911.com

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