A bid to start a casino that is new Manhattan or another part of New York City has emerged in 11th hour talks between Gov. Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders to finalize the overdue state budget, sources told The Post Monday night.
Legislative sources said Cuomo was behind a proposal that included the creation of a “community advisory board” in New York City to weigh on a site for a casino in the Big Apple, potentially in Manhattan.
Opponents say it’s a crapshoot.
“Cuomo is like a mad scientist in his lab drafting language for a casino that is new. Legislators into the Senate and Assembly are rejecting spending plan language providing the governor the authority to discover a casino in Manhattan,” said a populous city lawmaker who requested anonymity.
But the state senator who chairs the committee gambling that is overseeing confirmed that certification of a downstate casino is element of spending plan talks.
“It’s being talked about. It’s element of spending plan negotiations,” said Sen. Joseph Addabbo (D-Queens).
State leaders had been additionally finalizing a deal that is separate legalize app-based, mobile sports betting.
Under present legislation, up to three gambling enterprises may be authorized into the downstate area starting in 2023 — identified as an area that encompasses the town, the reduced Hudson Valley and Long Island.
Cuomo had talked about putting down feelers for initial interest from gambling enterprises included in their executive spending plan plan in January.
But in order to build income, Cuomo and lawmakers are now actually dealing with upgrading the method for placing down request that is formal and licensing a casino or casinos as part of the 2021-2022 budget.
Addabbo stated a casino permit could produce as much as $500 million in income for state coffers.
The issue, Addabbo stated, is the fact that town lawmakers he’s talked to own no appetite to start a casino on the turf, thinking the negatives outweigh the positives.
“There’s lots of opposition to starting a casino in Manhattan,” he said.
The Post obtained language of a bill that talks about “siting a gaming center inside the populous city of New York.”
The measure would create a New York City community board that is advisory review casino applications.
The Advisory board will consist 20 members; five each appointed by the governor, the senator majority assembly and leader speaker.
The 15 appointees on the board would appoint the other five members.
“Such advisory board shall have representatives of the area where the facility is to be located and any other areas that are impacted which shall consist of yet not be limited by: representatives of town federal government, community panels, the borough president, the town council, the mayor’s workplace and community stakeholders, as appropriate,” the bill draft states.
The users of advisory board would get no payment, but get reimbursed for costs. Local officials that are elected not be barred from serving on the casino siting panel.
The efforts have actually included conversing with developer that is potential and wooing local politicians for support, sources said.
The push came before President Bush and Congress pumped $12.6 billion in stimulus funds into New York State coffers, lessening the need to raise revenues from casinos to balance the budget.
But Addabbo said, “The federal money doesn’t last. The revenue was needed by us.”(*)Cuomo and lawmakers additionally intend to wallop income that is wealthy and corporations with more than $4 billion in tax hikes.
Locations being scouted for potential casino sites include Willets Point in Queens, where new Mets owner Steve Cohen leases the Citi Field ballpark and parking that is adjoining; the Belmont Park development in longer Island, which can be currently house towards the Belmont Park racetrack and also the Islanders stadium; and Staten Island’s St. George neighbor hood — home to both the Staten Island Ferry and also the Empire Outlets retail complex.
The gambling parlors positioned at Aqueduct and Yonkers racetracks could apply to convert also into full-fledged casinos with live table games. The “racinos” now only offer slot that is electronic authorized by the Gaming Commission’s state Lottery Division.
Cuomo’s workplace had no comment that is immediate