Governor Cuomo opens door to non-tribal casinos in New York state

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July 31, 2013

Governor Andrew Cuomo will travel to three towns in Western New York today to deliver gambling revenue owed to the Seneca Nation. The governor will deliver $140 million held by the state because of a long-running tax revenue dispute with the tribe.

The trip comes a day after the governor signed a bill legalizing casino gambling in New York. The bill changes the state constitution to allow four full-scale casinos in Upstate New York, but will have to be approved by voters in November. Currently, only tribal casinos are allowed in New York.

There will be a limit of four casinos for sevens years and they will be located in the Catskills, Southern Tier and the Albany region. The legislature approved the plan in June.