NEW YORK CASINO PLANS MAY BE PUT ON HOLD

May 13, 2001 7:28 PM
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The two Democratic front-runners to New York Gov. George Pataki (R) for election in 2002 are not exactly in favor of casino expansion.

The Democrats, State Comptroller H. Carl McCall and former federal Housing Secretary Andrew Cuomo, are reluctant to build new casinos in the state.

Pataki supports plans to build casinos in the Catskills and near Niagara Falls to help the economically hurting areas.

Last week, McCall said he wants to study the issue of casino gambling before going ahead with another one, while Cuomo said it is a last resort to solving problems.