ALBANY, N.Y. – Proposition One to amend the New York State Constitution was approved by voters Tuesday, bringing Las Vegas-style casinos to the state.
The vote was close with 57 percent for the casinos and 43 percent against, with most precints reporting.
"The passage of Proposal One is a big win for local governments, school districts and taxpayers across New York State," Gov. Andrew Cuomo said. "This vote will keep hundreds of millions of dollars spent each year in neighboring states right here in New York. Today's vote will further pave the way for the creation of new jobs, construction and increased tourism in communities across the state."
Four of the seven casinos will be in the Upstate regions of the Catskill-Hudson Valley, Capital District-Saratoga area and the Southern Tier. The Saratoga Casino and Raceway is one of the entities being looked at as a potential spot for the addition.
If Saratoga is chosen as a location for one of the casinos, it would generate $11 million annually to be split between the county and state and would create more than 600 jobs.
The next steps require Gov. Cuomo to prepare requests for proposals from casino operators and then the process of choosing who will get the expansion or addition will happen.
The process will take months and could be delayed by further lawsuits challenging the amendment.
Governor Cuomo released the following statement on the passage of Proposal One:
"The passage of Proposal One is a big win for local governments, school districts, and taxpayers across New York State. This vote will keep hundreds of millions of dollars spent each year in neighboring states right here in New York, while increasing revenue for local schools, lowering property tax taxes, and bringing proper regulation to the industry. This vote builds on the landmark agreements we reached with Native American tribes this year, ending expensive court battles and unnecessary discord and restoring hundreds of millions of dollars to local governments. Since taking office, my administration has focused on reviving the state's economy, and today's vote will further pave the way for the creation of new jobs, construction, and increased tourism in communities across the state."
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