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Cuomo signs Upstate NY Gaming Economic Development Act

Governor Andrew Cuomo

July 31, 2013

Press Release: Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today signed the Upstate NY Gaming Economic Development Act, a comprehensive new law that, pending approval of a referendum this fall, will establish four destination gaming resorts in Upstate New York and boost tourism and economic development in communities across the region. Under the casino gaming plan outlined in the new law, all localities in the state will share in increased education aid, or lower property taxes, no matter where the casinos are located.

“Our focus has been to bring jobs and boost local economies in Upstate New York, where decades of decline have taken their toll in our communities," Governor Cuomo said. "This new law will bring the state one step closer to establishing world-class destination gaming resorts that will attract tourists to Upstate New York and support thousands of good paying jobs as well as new revenue for local businesses. For too many years, gaming revenue has left New York for our neighboring states. Today, we are putting New York State in a position to have those dollars spent here in our communities, which will benefit our local economies and tourism industries, as well as support education and property tax relief."

Senator John Bonacic said, "Casino gaming surrounds us in other States. By legalizing it in New York we can create thousands of jobs and allow for billions of dollars in investment. Gaming can substantially improve the Catskills economy. Governor Cuomo has brought is to the brink of success here. Anyone who wants more money for education and more jobs should vote for the gaming referendum this November."

Assembly Member Gary Pretlow said, “I commend Governor Cuomo for signing this new law that will bring New York State a step closer to bringing casinos to the Catskills, the Southern Tier and the Capital Region. These destination resorts would mean good news for the local communities, the local economies, and the people of our state. Gaming has the potential to create new jobs for New Yorkers and bring downstate residents and tourists to the attractions of Upstate, and this exciting new law will bring put us in a position to make casino gaming an economic driver here in New York State.”

The new law signed today by the Governor includes these key details:

Locations of Destination Gaming Resorts: The new law authorizes four upstate destination gaming resorts to enhance tourism development. Destination gaming resorts will be selected competitively based on the economic development impact of the resort.