Gubernatorial hopefuls oppose new N.Y. casinos

May 16, 2001 12:51 AM

The two Democratic front-runners challenging New York Gov. George Pataki’s re-election bid are not exactly in favor of casino expansion.

The Democrats, state Comptroller H. Carl McCall and former U.S. Housing Secretary Andrew Cuomo, are reluctant to support new casinos in the state.

Pataki, running for a second term in 2002, supports plans to build casinos in the Catskills and near Niagara Falls to help those economically troubled areas.

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

Towns oppose tribes

Leaders in 20 Connecticut towns have sent a letter to the state’s congressional delegation to stop federal recognition of Indian tribes.

Twelve additional tribes are seeking federal recognition.

The towns claim that the opportunity to open casinos is the main reason the tribes want recognition.

Currently, two state tribes, the Mashantucket Pequots and the Mohegans, have tribal status. Both operate massive casinos.