New York’s casino expansion bill being negotiated behind closed doors has a new provision that would expand gambling even if voters reject the proposal to build more casinos.
A copy of the revised bill obtained Saturday by The Associated Press includes a provision that would authorize video slot machine centers in New York City’s outer boroughs and as many as three or four sites upstate. The bill provides for the video slot casinos with up to 5,000 machines.
The bill hasn’t yet been released. It is being negotiated by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders.
Cuomo has said that getting public approval for a constitutional amendment to allow Las Vegas-type casinos would be difficult.
A spokesman for the governor declined to comment when asked about the provision.
This bill has many confused and some are speaking out about the fact that they feel they aren’t being given a voice. It seems a lot of focus is being put into the fact that no matter how the voters vote, there will still be “slot machine centers” built. Which, it doesn’t take a genius to understand that a slot machine center is really just a casino with less gaming options.
Hearing that no matter how the voters vote, things are going to be done anyway has led to many feeling as if they can’t win and aren’t going to be listened to anyway.