Cuomo: NY Indian Casinos Could Face Competition
ALBANY (AP) – Gov. Andrew Cuomo says New York’s Indian casinos could face competition in their backyards if tribes and the state fail to reach agreements in the coming months.
The administration’s talks with the Senecas, Mohawks and Oneidas come as Cuomo tries to bring three casinos in yet-to-be identified locations upstate. Three of the six upstate regions Cuomo is looking at already have Indian casinos. Cuomo says Thursday he’s working with the tribes to resolve existing issues, like revenue sharing with the state.
Cuomo says they won’t try to site a casino near casinos run by tribes in good standing with the state.
A public referendum to change New York’s constitution to allow non-Indian casinos could be on the ballot as early as November.