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Native-owned casinos like Turning Stone would have competition under Cuomo's plan. Photo: Oneida Nation
Native-owned casinos like Turning Stone would have competition under Cuomo's plan. Photo: Oneida Nation

Cuomo vague on potential casino sites

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Governor Cuomo shed some more light Tuesday on his plans for expanding gambling in New York. But he said he didn't want to identify specific places where non-native owned casinos should be built.

Cuomo said that should be the job of the gaming industry in a competitive bidding process. "I would leave it to the operators, the experts, to say, you tell me," said Cuomo, "within these regions of the state, where do you think the best market is, where would you site it to maximize economic opportunity, maximize job growth."

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Asked if he thought local communities should get to vote on whether they want a casino in their town, Cuomo said "I don't know that I would get into holding elections, but I think that the feeling of the community is important."

The state legislature passed a resolution last year in support of up to seven new casinos in New York. In order to amend the state constitution's restrictions on gaming, lawmakers would have to pass a similar measure again next year. Then that bill would go before voters in a statewide referendum.

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