Ironically, the tragic events of Sept. 11 may have given lobbyists final push needed to pass a bill expanding gaming into the Catskills and Western New York.
The bill is expected to be introduced next week when the State Legislature meets in Albany. If passed, the bill would include three Indian-owned casinos in the Catskills and three in western New York.
Also included in the proposal is entry into the 21-state Powerball game and the installment of video slot machines at two harness tracks, but not at Monticello Raceway in the Catskills. The state is hoping over the next 18 months to gain the $9 billion in revenues lost since Sept. 11.