Gov. Andrew Cuomo confirms he is proposing a back-up plan to expand gambling even if voters turn down his casino gambling referendum this Fall.
Cuomo spokeswoman Melissa DeRosa says the governor proposes video slot machine centers if his proposal for four Las Vegas-type casinos is defeated. He says he wants to make sure there is an option to produce revenue for local governments and schools if casinos are rejected.
A copy of Cuomo’s casino bill obtained Saturday by The Associated Press includes a provision that would authorize video slot machine centers in New York City’s outer boroughs and as many as three or four places upstate. The bill provides for the video slot casinos with up to 5,000 machines at each center
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