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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 wants casinos upstate first

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's State of the State address offered more details on a plan to expand casino gambling in New York State. The governor described casino development as an integral part of his ambitions for reviving the economy across the state, and he wants new casinos upstate first.

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Matt Richmond
Reporter, The Innovation Trail

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After Gov. Cuomo first proposed full-scale casino gambling during last year's state of the state address, the focus was on a casino in Queens, at the Aqueduct Racetrack. But that plan appears to have fallen through.

In the renewed call for casino gambling, the first phase would include up to three casinos, all located upstate. Cuomo described it as a way to attract the 50 million tourists that visit New York City every year.

"I believe if they visit, they will come back and they will stay but we have to get them there."

The state's gaming commission would choose the three locations. Legalized casinos need an amendment to the state constitution, requiring two legislatures to pass it and a referendum, which Cuomo said could happen in November.

The five casinos currently operating upstate are all controlled by Indian Nations.

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