SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – New legislation aimed at providing transparency in the governor's casino sitting process was revealed in Saratoga Springs Monday morning.
Assembly Minority Leader Pro Tem Tony Jordan, Assemblyman Jim Tedisco and Senator Kathleen Marchione wrote the legislation, the Casino Gaming Transparency Act. The legislators say the act has a two-fold objective, one to shed light on the governor's casino siting process and two to add protections and assurances to the communities that currently host horse racing and VLT gaming.
The Casino Gaming Transparency Act would force transparency in Gov. Cuomo's current casino siting process, which employs a panel consisting of handpicked appointees to make decisions where casinos would be placed throughout the state.
To make casino gaming legal in New York, voters would have to approve an amendment to the constitution, but will not be given any notice to where these casinos would be hosted. The Casino Gaming Transparency Act also identifies where the casinos can be located before voters make the decision at the polls.
The Casino Gaming Transparency Act would require that full table gaming be brought to Video Lottery Terminal (VLT) gaming facilities like the City of Saratoga Springs, before the establishment of a new casino elsewhere. A portion of profits from these new casinos would be directed to the thoroughbred racing industry in a similar arrangement with VLTs at Aqueduct.
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