A gambling package negotiated by New York Governor George Pataki and leaders of the state legislature will expand gambling in New York to include new casinos, slots at race tracks and entry into a multi-state lottery.
The gambling expansion package, according to State Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno, includes:
— Up to three casinos in the Niagara Falls-Buffalo region to be run by the Seneca Indians.
— Up to three casinos in Sullivan and Ulster counties in the Catskills.
— Allowing video terminals (slots) at Aqueduct and Finger Lakes race tracks, and harness tracks at Yonkers, Vernon Downs and Monticello.
— Decriminalizing slot machines with the state getting 25% of the revenues from Indian-run casinos.
— Allowing New York to enter the multistate Powerball Lottery.
The gambling package is expected to be approved by the end of this week, possibly as early as today.