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3 casinos? 4 casinos? 5?
As negotiations remain fluid, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo now is considering allowing four casinos upstate instead of three, lawmakers said Tuesday.
Cuomo huddled Monday with legislative leaders for about 90 minutes, primarily focusing on casinos. Rank-and-file legislators briefed about the status of discussions said the administration raised the possibility of allowing four casinos.
A week earlier, Cuomo unveiled a plan to allow three new casinos upstate and video slot machine parlors in Western New York if the state can’t resolve an ongoing conflict with the Seneca Nation regarding the tribe’s three casinos in the region.
In contrast, Republicans in the State Senate have proposed approving five casinos and allowing video slots at off-track betting centers on Long Island.