Gov. Cuomo optimistic about casino licensing vote

Aug 19, 2013 6:06 PM

So far, no one has put up an over/under prop on the November referendum, but the sentiment in New York seems to be that the voters will approve plans proposed by the state’s lawmakers to authorize the licensing of seven casinos.

In the early going, and since there seemed to be no strong effort being made by Gov. Andrew Cuomo to push the legislation, it was felt the referendum might be in trouble. But, based on sentiments expressed last week at a meeting of the Saratoga Institute on Racing & Gaming Law, sponsored by the Albany Law School, the general feeling was one of optimism.

Speaking before the assembly, James Featherstonbaugh, president of a group of casino legislation supporters, said outright, “I can tell you this referendum is going to pass.”

Ray Poirier is the longtime executive editor at GamingToday.

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