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New York's plans to expand gambling  must be approved by voters in November.Photo: ragingwire, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
New York's plans to expand gambling must be approved by voters in November.Photo: ragingwire, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Cuomo will promote "yes" on casino referendum

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NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he plans to offer support to a November ballot referendum to allow new gambling casinos in New York.

Cuomo urged the state legislature to approve a plan to build four gambling resorts upstate, and possibly more in New York City in a few years. Now he says he will be promoting a yes vote on the referendum in the coming weeks.

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Karen DeWitt
NYS Capitol Correspondent

“I support the referendum, I’ll be working to pass the referendum,” Cuomo said. “And then it’s going to be up to the voters.”

The actual wording of the referendum has been criticized as “spin” for saying that the new casinos would promote job growth , increase school aid, and possibly lower taxes.  Cuomo says he hasn’t really “studied” the exact wording of the referendum, and doesn’t know who approved the phrasing. But he contends that if people know the “facts” about the gambling expansion, then the referendum will pass “overwhelmingly.”  

The governor’s comments come as an anti gambling group released a study. The report by the Coalition Against Gambling in New York says that the costs of treating additional gambling addicts from the new gambling resorts would exceed any tax breaks that the casinos could generate.

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