Manhattan politicos have squashed Gov. Cuomo’s plan to quick monitor a Las Vegas-style on line casino within the Massive Apple, The Put up has discovered.
As The Post exclusively reported in March, three huge identify casinos — Wynn Resorts, Bally’s Corp. and Las Vegas Sands — have been gearing up for a uncommon alternative to compete for a New York Metropolis-area on line casino license as quickly as this yr.
However efforts to maneuver the method up by two entire years — to 2021 from 2023 — have collapsed amid sturdy objections from Manhattan legislators, sources stated.
“I adamantly oppose any on line casino in Manhattan,” Manhattan Assemblyman Richard Gottfried, who represents the Higher West Aspect, informed The Put up. “I consider it might be significantly detrimental to the residential and industrial high quality of Manhattan.”
State legislators had been working for months to get round Manhattan’s objections, together with by crafting a invoice to provide Manhattan officers the fitting to determine for themselves on any on line casino license proposals that got here their manner.
However, Gov. Andrew Cuomo didn’t like the concept of giving the highly effective island borough particular rights, sources stated, and the measure couldn’t go with out it.
“This bought actually shut. It fell aside within the wee hours of the morning,” the supply stated, referring to the April 6 finances deal.
Gov. Cuomo believed that making an exception for Manhattan would solely open the door to particular requests in different finances negotiations. And he’s in opposition to the concept of dwelling rule, the place a county can circumvent state legal guidelines, the supply stated.
Freeman Klopott, a spokeswoman for the New York State division of the finances, advised the the invoice could possibly be revived once more this yr: “With the inflow of federal funding, there was much less of an crucial to vary the established order, nonetheless we’re persevering with to work with the Legislature to see if there’s a path ahead this yr.”
However Sen. Joe Addabbo, chair of the Racing and Wagering Committee, informed The Put up, “There’s mere dialogue at this level. There’s nothing actually occurring.”
And on line casino execs say they’re not holding their breath for a deal this yr.
“I believe they are going to be bringing it up once more in January,” one on line casino supply stated.
The latest effort to push the invoice got here in Could after the finances was already handed, sources stated. However it failed and the marketing campaign has come to an entire standstill since, sources added.
The race to carry a bit of the Las Vegas Strip to the Massive Apple kicked off in 2013 with a constitutional modification authorizing seven New York playing casinos. The 4 upstate casinos have been licensed first and a moratorium was positioned on the downstate casinos till 2023.
Efforts to speed up the downstate on line casino licenses had been seen as a possible repair to the state’s pandemic woes. The state stands to create new jobs and acquire roughly $1.5 billion in license charges from the measure, sources stated.
Two of the three downstate licenses are anticipated to go straight to gaming properties that already run slot machines within the space: the Resorts World Aqueduct racino in Queens and the MGM Resorts-owned Empire Metropolis On line casino in Yonkers.
The third license is the one which had Las Vegas and Atlantic Metropolis on line casino chains like Wynn Resorts, Bally’s Corp. and Las Vegas Sands drooling.
Dissatisfied on line casino execs now say they haven’t any selection now however to hope that the invoice is revived once more earlier than 2023.