After more than a decade of debate and discussion, New York’s lawmakers appear poised to amend the state Constitution to allow public casinos.
Seven casinos are envisioned in the state with the eventual locations to determined in 2013. Current gambling in New York state includes a handful of Native American casinos where both slots and table games are permitted, and video lottery terminals in the state’s racinos.
For the change to move forward, two successive New York legislatures need to enact bills and then the constitutional amendment would be appear on a ballot for consideration by the voters.
“I am pleased we have reached an agreement to move forward with a constitutional amendment that will give New Yorkers a say on whether we expand casino gaming in New York State,” Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos said.