Court throws wrench into NY gambling plans

Jun 17, 2003 5:59 AM

The wild and woolly situation regarding casino gambling in New York took another turn, unfortunately for the worse.

Last Thursday, the state’s highest court said that former Gov. Mario Cuomo acted unconstitutionally when he entered into a deal on Indian-run casinos without approval from the legislature.

The Albany Times Union reported that the decision means that future casino agreements must be reached with legislative approval. The Court of Appeals stopped short of ruling on whether large-scale casinos are unconstitutional even with legislative approval. A case involving that question is pending.

The case focuses on the 1993 compact with the St. Regis Mohawk tribe, one of two compacts issued without the legislature’s consent. The other allowed the Oneida Nation’s Turning Stone Casino in Verona.

The court’s ruling could jeopardize the state’s hopes of gaining billions of dollars in revenue from six new Indian-run casinos proposed for Western New York and the Catskills.

End of the Line?

SportsLine.com, a business partner of the NCAA, will sell its gambling interests by August as part of a previously announced agreement.

CBS is a minority owner of SportsLine.com, which owns Las Vegas Sports Consultants and Vegas Insider.

"We really don’t know what will be happening," Las Vegas Sports Consultants operations manager Pete Korner told GamingToday. "It’s just business as usual."

Also: Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City won a casino license after vowing to shake up the local gaming industry with a "fun, upscale, energetic, international and sensual" resort.

...The Maine state legislature last week overwhelmingly approved a bill to allow slot machines in the state’s five off-track betting facilities.