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Gov. Andrew Cuomo Says He Supports Casino Gaming In New York City

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Governor Andrew Cuomo said he’s open to putting a casino within the confines of New York City, but not in a densely populated area.

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Cuomo told the New York Daily News he’d support placing a casino in a place like Aqueduct Racetrack in Queens, which already houses a virtual casino.

Cuomo told the news he will call on the state Legislature during his upcoming State of the State address to move forward with the necessary votes to legalize casino gambling in New York.

While Cuomo said he’d be open to seeing a casino in New York City, he hasn’t ruled out other spots as well.

“New York City is a real location. Albany is a real location. Buffalo is a real location,” Cuomo told the paper.

Cuomo said that if the Legislature took the necessary steps, he’d spend a year working out the details of a casino plan before attempting a voter referendum on it in 2013.

Cuomo told the Daily News the economic windfall that casino gambling would bring in is far more significant than a potential spike in crime or increase in gambling addiction critics say are attendant with gambling.

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