The Albany Times-Union is reporting today that Governor Andrew Cuomo is considering a constitutional amendment that would open the door to non-tribal casinos in New York.
“It’s really not an issue anymore of ‘Well, if we don’t officially sanction it as a government it’s not going to happen.’ It is happening,” he said. “So now you have to go to the second step: If there is going to be gaming, how should it be done? … Is it a Constitutional amendment? I don’t know. But it’s a topic we’re looking at actively.”
This kind of change could have huge implications for the North Country, affecting casino operations on the Akewsasne-Mohawk Reservation, and reshaping the economy of the harness and horse racing industries anchored in Saratoga Springs.
What do you think? Have we already edged so far into the Lottery-Bingo-Tribal-Casino world that there’s no going back? What do you think of the idea of casinos in the Catskills, the Adirondacks…