New York Gov. George Pataki and state legislative leaders may be ready to resolve their differences over the budget through gambling.
The Legislature is considering Pataki's proposals to have New York become part of a multi-state Powerball lottery game, and to allow the Seneca Indian Nation to develop casinos in the Niagara Falls and Buffalo area.
Pataki has predicted that Powerball could be worth more than $145 million to the state. The New York Racing Association has said it might also like to see video lottery terminals in thoroughbred tracks at Belmont and Aqueduct.