Just a week ago voters in New York backed the Governor Andrew Cuomo’s bid to expand the number of casinos in the state. In June of this year, the state’s legislators decided to permit a limited number of casino resorts to be built in specific areas. It was touch and go for a long time whether the voters would accept the plan to construct these new Las Vegas style casino resorts within the state but all in the upstate area. Since developing the new casino resorts involved a change in the state’s constitution, a referendum was necessary.
Over the past few years several of the state’s Native American tribes have been in dispute with the New York government over issues concerning their casinos and in particular in regard to some race tracks opening casinos with slot machines. The state has at the moment, five casinos operated by Native American tribes and there are nine so called “racinos” which are the slot machine casinos at or near racetracks.
The governor has come to agreements with the Indian tribes after some years of negotiations. None of the proposed casino resorts is to be built near to any Native American run casinos.Governor Cuomo’s plan to expand gambling in New York state involving the construction of up to seven casino resorts in upstate areas, the Catskills, the Southern Tier and the Capital region was devised to bring employment and economic growth to these parts of the state. The governor hopes that the new casino resorts will greatly increase the state’s tax income. A part of this tax revenue is to go to fund education. However there have been many opponents of the plan to expand casinos throughout the state. Those opposed claim that the employment offered during the construction will only be temporary and that even the jobs on offer after the casino resorts are built may not all go to the local community.Now that 57 per cent of those who voted have given the go ahead to the development of casinos, four will be developed initially and the other three will follow at a later date.