ALBANY, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) — New York State Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre) confirmed a proposal Tuesday to bring video slot machines to Long Island as part of negotiations to expand casinos.
After a closed-door meeting Tuesday with Gov. Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders, Skelos said the discussion included video slot machines run by off-track betting agencies in Nassau and Suffolk counties.
Cuomo is pushing just three, full-service, Las Vegas-style casinos, all for upstate, to create jobs.
But Skelos said possible locations for smaller video slot casinos include two sites on Long Island or at Belmont race track.
The Associated Press reported last week that the proposal for 2,000 machines was part of casino talks. A Cuomo spokesman had denied that.
Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano said in a statement last week he is supporting a regional gambling facility to assist with the costs of education and holding the line on property taxes.
Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone said millions of dollars leave Long Island every day because there are no gaming opportunities. He backed a proposal to construct a major casino with video slot machines.
Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (D-Manhattan), who opposes casinos near New York City, denied the proposal was discussed.
You May Also Be Interested In These Stories
- Brazen Staten Island Teen Bike Riders Taken Into Custody
- Seen At 11: Authorities Take New Approach To Cracking Stalking Cases
- Bull Captured After Leading Police On Chase In Jamaica, Queens Has Died
- Authorities Disrupt Suspicious Device In Linden
(TM and © Copyright 2013 CBS Radio Inc. and its relevant subsidiaries. CBS RADIO and EYE Logo TM and Copyright 2013 CBS Broadcasting Inc. Used under license. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)