Cuomo to Expand Gambling in New York State With Three New Casinos

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Cuomo to Expand Gambling in New York State With Three New Casinos

ALBANY, N.Y. — (Associated Press) - Gov. Andrew Cuomo proposes that an expansion of gambling in New York begin with three casinos upstate and none in New York City.

The state Legislature is expected this year to consider final passage of an amendment to the state constitution that would allow up to seven Las Vegas-style casinos beyond Indian land. If approved by lawmakers, voters could make a final decision on the amendment in November.

Cuomo, in his State of the State message Wednesday, said he would propose a "phase one" plan focusing on three upstate casinos. The governor said he wants to bring visitors from downstate and other states to upstate areas.

A gaming commission would pick the best locations and revenues would be split 90 percent for education and 10 percent for property tax relief.

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